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September 2, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC looked the part. After playing for little more than pride during Lane Kiffin's first two seasons, the top-ranked Trojans could barely wait to show fans and the rest of the nation that they were worthy of the preseason hype. Receiver Marqise Lee exceeded his billing. Quarterback Matt Barkley lived up to his, and the defense appeared at time to be channeling opportunistic Trojans units of the past. USC's 49-10 victory over Hawaii on Saturday was the first step in what the Trojans hope will end with a shot to play for a national championship.
August 31, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC, which is bowl eligible for the first time in three years, begins the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 3 in the coaches' poll. Staff writer Gary Klein looks at the matchups and story lines for the Trojans' game against Hawaii: Sunny disposition Silas Redd has been at USC for only a month since transferring from Penn State, but he already appreciates one major difference between Los Angeles and State College, Pa. "I've never had this many consecutive sunny days," Redd said, smiling.
August 28, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Norm Chow knows his way around the Coliseum. Part of it, anyway. As USC's offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2004, he called plays from a booth in the press box, directing some of the most prolific offenses in Trojans history, helping USC win two national titles and tutoring Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. As an assistant at UCLA and Utah, he schemed against the Trojans from a similar perch high above the field. On Saturday, Chow will be on the visiting sideline, directing his staff and players in his first game as Hawaii's head coach.
January 29, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
An Orange County pet store owner has accepted the apology and restitution from two puppy thieves and has asked authorities to drop criminal charges, a sheriff's spokesman said. The pet store got at least two communiques from the thieves - the first, received at the shop Friday night, in a package containing $600 in cash and a note of apology. Then on Saturday, one of the thieves called the store to apologize again and provided an additional payment to cover sales tax and other fees.
December 20, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC could see a familiar face on the opposite sideline when the Trojans open the 2012 football season against Hawaii on Sept. 1 at the Coliseum. Norm Chow, the Trojans' offensive coordinator for two national championship teams, is expected to be named head coach at Hawaii, according to multiple published reports. Chow, 65, is offensive coordinator for Utah, which is preparing for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech. "I don't know what the reports are saying but there's nothing been finalized," Chow said after practice Tuesday.
November 8, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow will face his former employer when UCLA plays the Utes on Saturday. Chow was the Bruins' offensive coordinator last season but was indifferent about playing against a past paycheck. "I am too old for all that," Chow said. "It's another game that these guys have to win to be bowl-eligible, and I'm serious about that. " Utah, like UCLA, is 5-4, one victory shy of bowl eligibility. This is the third time this season that he has faced a former team.
September 5, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC's Pacific 12 Conference game against Utah on Saturday will be a reunion of sorts at the Coliseum. Several key members of a former USC staff that helped guide the Trojans to their first three Bowl Championship Series bowl games, the 2003 and 2004 Associated Press national titles and the now-vacated 2004 BCS title will be on opposite sidelines. USC Coach Lane Kiffin was the Trojans' passing game coordinator and receivers coach in 2004, when USC was undefeated and trounced Oklahoma in the BCS title game.
July 13, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
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.
January 24, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Here's what I don't get. One year ago UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero get together and agree to extend, that's extend , Norm Chow's contract. So what changes in the next 10 months or so? Guerrero says he had extensive conversations with Neuheisel about Chow's contract status a year ago, and that Neuheisel "was convinced it was the appropriate thing to do. [Neuheisel] was very satisfied with the way things were going. " But things didn't go well for the Bruins.
January 22, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA made dramatic changes to its football coaching staff Saturday, firing Norm Chow as offensive coordinator and hiring Mike Johnson to replace him. Chow, 64, was hired as offensive coordinator at Utah on Saturday afternoon. He chose to negotiate a buyout to a contract extension that would have paid him $1 million over the next two seasons rather than remain at UCLA and be demoted to a lesser coaching position. "We reached a mutual agreement on terms of separation. The agreement allowed for a smooth transition that was satisfactory for both parties and amicable," UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said.
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