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.