Mike Johnson has reached an agreement in principle to become an assistant coach at UCLA, according to a person inside the program who was not at liberty to speak on the matter.
Johnson, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, could be in place by the end of the week. His duties have yet to be defined, but with Norm Chow's status unclear, he could take over the offensive coordinator spot.
Johnson has been a wide receiver and quarterback coach in the NFL and at Oregon State. He was the offensive coordinator for the 49ers last season.
Chow has a two-year contract extension worth about $1 million. His situation has been tenuous since November, when Coach Rick Neuheisel declined to commit to bringing him back. Chow could be demoted or negotiate a buyout. Chow would receive the contract's full amount if he is fired, but receives nothing if he quits.