Posted by Chip Patterson
UCLA Rick Neuheisel would not make any guarantees for any of his staff, and many believed that legendary offensive coordinator Norm Chow was in jeopardy of being replaced. Then, it was announced on Wednesday that that UCLA had approved a two-year extension for Chow. The announcement was likely a result of the hot-seat rumors, with the extension being agreed on in July and approved late last week. UCLA firmed their commitment with Chow after USC head coach Lane Kiffin made a play to get Chow out of Westwood.
But the Bruins offense has been far from impressive so far in 2010, ranking 111th nationally in total offense and 117th in passing offense. Not what you would expect from a coach who has helped with two national championships and coached two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks. Contrary to what the extension may imply, the status on Chow's job has not changed. The deal was made before this dismal season, and Neuheisel reiterated Wednesday that each member of the staff would be evaluated at season's end. Just because the deal has been approved does not guarantee Chow will be the offensive coordinator in 2011.