The University of Hawaii’s new head football coach will reportedly make about half the $1.1 million salary his predecessor earned.
UH reached a deal with Norm Chow late Tuesday. His yet-to-be-announced salary is expected to be between $600,000 and $800,000.
Former head coach Greg McMackin had earned a $1.1 million base salary, making him the highest paid state government employee. UH announced McMackin’s retirement Dec. 5. He had one season remaining on his five-year contract, and accepted a $600,000 buyout.
McMackin had replaced June Jones, who earned an $800,016 salary — half of which was paid using private donations. UH had reportedly offered as much as $1.5 million in an 11th-hour bid to keep Jones in January 2008.
Jones replaced Fred von Appen — a name that conjures up bad memories for Warriors fans. Von Appen was fired after his third season in 1998 — UH’s first-ever winless season. He earned around $150,000.