Posted by Chip Patterson
UCLA was able to find some hope near the beginning of the 2010 season with upset wins against Houston and at Texas, but the Pac-10 schedule has not been particularly friendly to the Bruins. When UCLA kicked off conference competition, their opponents were well prepared for the Pistol offensive attack that carved up the Longhorns for 260+ yards rushing in Austin. The Bruins offense has struggled to score in the second half of the season, never scoring more than 21 points since October 2. There are many things to blame for the Bruins failures, but the one name that continues to come up is offensive coordinator Norm Chow.
"I don't want to talk about who will be or who won't be on the staff next year," head coach Rick Neuheisel said when asked about Chow's status with the Bruins for 2011. "Our staff is intact and we're ready to go. I honestly haven't even start to think about that road."
Neuheisel did go on to say that Chow, along with the rest of the staff, would be evaluated at season's end. Chow is one of the great offensive minds in college football across the last 30 years, and his legacy was cemented with two national championships and two Heisman winning quarterbacks at USC. But something at UCLA is clearly not working. The offense has looked less like a Pistol for most of 2010, and more like, well, this.