Arizona State’s search for a football coach has found its way to Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow. A source confirmed Wednesday ASU has contacted Chow.
Also, word of the Sun Devils’ interest in Chow spread through the Titans’ offices.
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, however, said late Wednesday night no one at ASU had asked him for permission to talk to Chow, as would be the protocol.
“If there is any interest in any of our coaches, they would contact them, then the coaches would come to me about it, and no one has contacted anyone,” Fisher said. “These coaches are here and want to be here.”
Lisa Love, the Sun Devils’ vice president of athletics, will not comment on her search until a coach is hired.
Chow couldn’t be reached for comment.
Love and Chow have a shared past. She was an administrator at USC when he was the offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll.
Chow, 60, long has wanted a head coaching job. North Carolina State reportedly is interested in his services as well, but Chow said through a Titans spokesman Wednesday he hadn’t been contacted by the Wolfpack.
Chow coached at the collegiate level for 32 years and tutored three Heisman Trophy winners: Brigham Young University’s Ty Detmer, and USC’s Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
It’s unclear whether Love has scheduled an interview with Chow.
Meanwhile, former Cardinals head coach and current Titans assistant Dave McGinnis has told friends his interest in ASU’s job will wane if he’s just one of several candidates in a prolonged interview process.