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UCLA will pay Norm Chow, now at Utah, $500,000 this season

The former offensive coordinator was offered the payout as an incentive to resign.

July 13, 2011|Staff and wire reports
  • Former UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow is as assistant coach at Utah, which plays host to the Bruins on Nov. 12.
Former UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow is as assistant coach at Utah,… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

UCLA will be paying former offensive coordinator Norm Chow $500,000 while he is coaching at Utah this year, according to information obtained by The Times through a public-records request.

That was UCLA's buyout to entice Chow to resign in January after he was removed as offensive coordinator. He would have been reassigned to another position on staff had he not resigned.

As Utah's offensive coordinator, Chow has a two-year, $550,000 contract, making him the Utes' highest-paid assistant. UCLA's highest-paid assistants are defensive coordinator Joe Tresey and offensive coordinator Mike Johnson; each has a $250,000 base salary.

Chow had both years left on a two-year, $1.1-million contract extension with UCLA that was agreed upon after the 2009 season.

UCLA plays at Utah on Nov. 12.

— Chris Foster

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