Titans' Chow pulls out of NC State search

A week after saying he hadn't even been contacted about the North Carolina State coaching vacancy, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow has withdrawn his name from consideration for the job, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday.

Chow was the Wolfpack's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2000, fired coach Chuck Amato's first season at his alma mater, but left to join the staff at Southern California.

Chow and University of Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe were rumored to be on the Wolfpack's coaching wish list. Sources told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach on Tuesday that NC State was focusing its search on Navy coach Paul Johnson.

NC State athletic director Lee Fowler has said he will not comment on the search until it is complete.

Amato was fired Nov. 26, one day after his team lost its seventh straight game to end the season. The former NC State linebacker was 49-37 and led the Wolfpack to five bowl games in seven seasons but was just 25-31 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and never finished higher than fourth.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.