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Report: Chow on way to Utah

Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 4:35 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A big, big day of news at UCLA -- hell, just go ahead and call it UCLA Saturday -- has only gotten bigger as Norm Chow's departure to Utah is now all but official. A source within the UCLA athletic department has told the Los Angeles Times that after being replaced by Mike Johnson as the Bruins' offensive coordinator, Chow could be announced in the same position at Utah before the end of the day.

All that apparently stands in Chow's way is a negotiation over the amount of Chow's buyout from UCLA. With this move rumored now for weeks, it's only now a matter if when Chow heads to Salt Lake City, not if.

The move completes one of the most disappointing assistant coaching tenures in recent college football memory. Chow came to Westwood three years ago with one of the most glittering resumes in the college game, and his reputation provoked a bidding war last offseason between the Bruins and USC that resulted in Chow boasting of the highest assistant coaching salaries in the country.

But after the Bruins' disastrous move towards a pistol offense this season (parts of which the Bruins will apparently keep ) left them dead last in the Pac-10 in total offense and 11th in scoring, that salary only made Chow arguably the most overpaid coach in the nation.

Moving away from the pistol and towards a less-pressurized atmosphere at Utah could help restore Chow's reputation to its former glory. But if not, the 64-year-old probably won't another shot in major college football.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 1:46 pm

Report: Chow on way to Utah

left them dead last in the Pac-10 in total offense and 11th in scoring,
...are they already counting the teams joining, or does someone just fail at counting?

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:49 pm

Report: Chow on way to Utah

Chow was great in his heyday, but that time is gone. Rumors circled that he fell asleep in meetings and lacked the focus in previous jobs. Remember, this was a guy who couldn't get a head coaching job on the USC success, got run out of town @ USC because he couldn't coexist with Pete Carroll, and nobody even blinked an eye in the Titans organization when he left. He's running on fumes of a reputation that may have run its course. Not to say that the guy he's replacing is anything but a Slick Rick puppet (he is) but this isn't devastating news for UCLA... just more of the same for a mediocre program with aspirations that far outweigh its performance and resources. 

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:08 am

Report: Chow on way to Utah

This is a positive for the Bruins. Norm Chow has been one of the most overrated coaches for a long time now. The USC teams he cemented his reputation with had such superior talent that there are a hundred coordinators who could have equalled the success Chow had. Watching Reggie Bush run past mediocre Pac-10 defenses put a lot of money in Norm's pocket, but he's delivered nothing at Tennessee or at UCLA. Particularly bothersome was his inability to adjust when injuries changed the personnel UCLA was able to put out on the field. Good coaches utilize the skill sets of their players, but poor Kevin Craft, who was obviously in over his head when he took over for the Bruins two years ago, got worse instead of better because Chow and Neuheisel failed to adapt their play calling to suit his ability. Mike Johnson will be able to recruit circles around the 64 year old Chow, hopefully upgrading the talent pool UCLA has brought in over Neuheisel's term. There is no excuse for UCLA to be out-recruited by Oregon and Oregon State. Those college towns are nice, but Westwood, with its sunshine, beach proximity, and California Girls should be a place kids dream of playing ball. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:15 am

Report: Chow on way to Utah

And just whose idea was it for UCLA to move to the pistol?  Rick Neuheisel's, not Norm Chow.  This is just a case of a head coach wanting to do the offensive coordinator's job.  UCLA wasted a huge amount of money yesterday.  While the State of California is broke, and the State University school system in dire need of funds, UCLA throws money away by extending the contract of a coach they had no intention of keeping.  UCLA can not sign any recruits, and now this.  Is it any wonder that many pick UCLA to finish at the bottom of the Pac 12 South?  As long as Neuheisel and Guerrero are running things at UCLA, neighbor USC has no worries.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 7:37 am

Report: Chow on way to Utah

Im not saying Chow is the greastest O Coordinator since sliced bread but lets be honest is UCLA really a recruiting hot bed? they get good solid recruits but do you see them winning or atleast competing for the pac 10 ever year? I think its getting time to move on from Slick Rick but who do they get that is better im curious.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:13 pm

Report: Chow on way to Utah

Chow can't be blamed for that mess at UCLA. Slck Rick Neuheisel couldn't ever decied on who he wanted to play on quarterback, or what type of offense he wanted to run. It was not secret that Chow did not approve of the Pistol offense. Had Rick trusted his coordinator, the results could have been very different. Just ask Pete Carrol and LaVelle Edwards. UCLA's loss is Utah's gain.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:51 pm

Report: Chow on way to Utah

I cannot wait to hear what the buyout is. It's got to hurt to have to pay a coach to leave. It's got to hurt even more to pay one to move to a conference, or even worse, a division rival.
I'm not sure how I feel about the hire yet (if it does in fact happen) but I do like the idea of the Utes having a coach that is extremely aware of the workings of three programs that Utah will play every single year.
Only time will tell if it is a good move.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:52 pm

Report: Chow on way to Utah

Lots of press, Chow just sucked.  UCLA never has made any real steps forward in the last few years and it is Chow's fault a little. 

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