November 23, 2010 |
I began the day with a UCLA fan holding a sharp knife and cutting into my typing thumb. I was pretty happy about it myself. Usually Dr. Ryan, my dermatologist at UCLA, uses a hatchet. But I guess she's saving that for Rick Neuheisel or Norm Chow. No one is really safe in Bruinland these days. Neuheisel yells at his quarterbacks too much. Chow must go, according to e-mail. The defensive coordinator is already long gone, whatever his name might be. Everyone's on edge.
November 23, 2010 |
When UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel showed up at Norm Chow's home in 2008, selling him on becoming offensive coordinator, the process moved quickly. A month later, Chow's contract was approved by the University of California's committee on compensation. Things have moved considerably slower with Chow's contract extension. Chow and UCLA agreed on the deal in July. So when Neuheisel left open the possibility that Chow might not return, the question about his two-year extension came off the back burner.
November 22, 2010 |
Rick Neuheisel made it clear during a Monday afternoon news conference that he was not ready to commit to bringing back offensive coordinator Norm Chow next season. Chow made it clear Monday evening that the decision was out of his hands, saying, "I would like to come back. I have an agreement. No one is more disappointed in the offense than me. Certainly it is his prerogative to do that. He can let us go, stay with us or not. " Chow is in the third year of a three-year contract but has agreed in principle to a two-year contract extension believed to be worth about $500,000 a season.
August 12, 2010 |
If there has been one constant thought during UCLA's training camp this summer, it's that freshman Anthony Barr appears ready to play college football. Barr, 6 feet 5 and 228 pounds, has been impressive playing the F-back spot in the pistol offense. The position is similar to the type of motion receiver the Bruins used the last two seasons, only there are more opportunities as a runner and receiver. "It's not just power blocking all the time," offensive coordinator Norm Chow said.
August 8, 2010 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow is preparing for what will be thrown the Bruins' way this fall, beyond whatever the Kansas State defense has in mind for the season opener. Chow chuckled when told some of the many jokes columnists, analysts and headline writers have had holstered at the ready since UCLA adopted the "pistol" offense. All want to see the . . . wait for it . . . "caliber" of play it produces. "Pistol whipped," "gun controlled" and " shooting blanks" were accurate portrayals when the offense, pioneered by Nevada Coach Chris Ault, sputtered through the Bruins' spring game.
July 29, 2010 |
UCLA will get to keep its offensive coordinator for two more seasons, as Norm Chow has agreed in principle to an extension that it is believed will make him the highest-paid assistant coach in Bruins history, an athletic department source said. Chow, long considered one of college football's top offensive coordinators, is expected to earn between $400,000 and 500,000 per season under the two-year extension, said the source, who was not authorized to comment publicly on the contract.
June 19, 2010 |
At a ballpark, all food is comfort food. At a ballpark, every day is Thanksgiving. So here I am at a recent evening game, trying to get noted food author Lisa Lillien to fill her face with ballpark grub, you know, the sort of stuff that makes life worth living — even as it shortens it. Hot dogs. Peanuts. Cotton candy. All my life, I've prided myself on being a corrupting influence. "You're gonna eat a Dodger Dog, right?" I ask her. "Well, I'll try one," she says.
March 26, 2010
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January 15, 2010 |
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow is excited to be at UCLA, repeating that several times during a conference call Thursday to announce he would not be leaving to coach at USC. So after two days of false reports, speculation and maneuvering, Chow and USC transition from "will he?" to "what happens now?" USC Coach Lane Kiffin will continue filling out his staff, after the Trojans failed to get a major piece of their dream team to go with Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron. Chow will go back to UCLA, and is expected to receive the contract extension he sought, following a public courting by the school's cross-town rival.
January 14, 2010 |
Whether Norm Chow remains at UCLA as the football team's offensive coordinator or bolts across town to rejoin USC will be determined by money. Chow, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, has asked UCLA to extend his contact. The request was made after USC contacted him, according to a UCLA athletics source who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. During an evening conference call with reporters, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said Chow "assured me that he wanted to be at UCLA" earlier in the day. Chow is set to make $640,000 at UCLA next season, which includes a $250,000 bonus if he is the offensive coordinator on the first day of spring practice.