Norm Chow received support from two College Football Hall of Fame coaches this morning.
Lou Holtz and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who was inducted this morning, both insisted Chow will build the Warrior program.
“I thought he did a good job this year,” Holtz said.
Snyder was introduced at the news conference as the “architect of the greatest turnaround in the history of college football.” Snyder inherited a program that was winless in the previous 27 games. Snyder said UH also can build.
“You do what you believe in,” Snyder said of his program’s turnaround. “Then you try to impart a value system for young people, the same value system your parents tried to impart on you. Whether it’s hard work or discipline or responsibility or commitment or whatever those things are, they’re all important in how you achieve success.”
He said those values transfer to the football field “and you’re going to try harder and be more committed.”
Snyder said he and Chow have been friends for several decades. “We have a lot of respect for each other,” Snyder said. “We truly do.”
Snyder said he expects “good things will happen” with the Warriors.
Chow went to him advice after taking the UH job in 2011.
“I’d say (to Chow) what Calvin Coolidge said, that, ‘perseverance is a tremendous value to possess.’ However you want to say it, don’t give up, don’t quit, keep on keeping on…those types of things.”
Chow, is 8-29 in three seasons at UH.
Coolidge said, “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
In his acceptance speech, Snyder talked of the bleak days in going 1-10 (1989) in his first season with the Wildcats and searching for improvement.
Snyder, who is 187-94-1, had one winning season in his first four years with the Wildcats.
“Perseverence wins an awful lot of battles, it truly does,” Snyder said.
He also urged Chow to remain, “a strong believer in what you believe in.”
Asked to give Ohio State advice on how to stop Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Snyder said, “get 14 guys on the field.”
—The Star-Advertiser’s Ferd Lewis contributed to this report