As expected, the Titan's firing of Norm Chow has really heated up the Chow/UCLA discussions in the local media. From the LA Times:
Chow, who interviewed to become UCLA's head coach in December, acknowledged Tuesday night that UCLA had contacted his oldest son, Carter, who is his agent. Chow, 61, has two years left on a contract that will pay him more than $1 million a year. UCLA is believed to have between $300,000 and $400,000 available for an offensive coordinator.
Asked if he was interested in joining the Bruins staff, Chow said, "At this point in time, I'm going to sit back and stay home and walk the dog and think about some stuff. My wife and I have been apart for three years and we're going to enjoy being together."
If Chow were to take another job, the Titans would only be responsible for the difference in salaries.
Neuheisel was considering Jedd Fisch, former Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach, and Rip Scherer, the Cleveland Browns' quarterbacks coach, for the job.
Chow still owns a home in Southern California, where his family remained even while he worked in Nashville. Also, sources said family members are encouraging Chow to take a strong look at the UCLA job.
Chow's interest level in UCLA is uncertain, and messages left at his home were not returned. But early in the day he told the Tennessean, "I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm disappointed. I didn't see this coming."
According to sources, UCLA is contemplating approaching Chow with a back-loaded multi-year contract that would enable Chow to collect much of his salary from the Titans over the next two years, then be paid most of his money from UCLA in a possible third year of a contract.
It may not all work out in the end. Chow may decide to just take a year off (remember, because of his severance package, he can collect his millions without working) and do that proverbial recharging the batteries thing. But, in the meantime, you have got to admire CRN for having the vision and self-confidence necessary to dream big and pursue a dream scenario of Chow to UCLA. Plaschke certainly took note of the signs we have been seeing ever since CRN arrived in Westwood. The game is changing little by little in LA.