Let's combine the two big developments in football with the official statements from UCLA in one post. Mike Johnson is in. The official release:
UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that Mike Johnson, who spent the 2010 season as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, has been named offensive coordinator at UCLA. Johnson and Neuheisel will be reunited after working together with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and 2007 and he is one of five Bruin assistants with NFL experience.
In addition to serving as the offensive coordinator, Johnson will coach the wide receivers and Neuheisel will coach the quarterbacks.
"During my assessment of our program, I felt it was necessary for me to be more involved in the day-to-day operation of the offense," Neuheisel said. "I decided that going forward, I will coach the quarterbacks and will be more hands-on in the area of play calling with a new coordinator.
"Mike is a great addition to our staff. He has a background with a multitude of offensive schemes, has coached several different positions and has experience in our conference as well as in the National Football League. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and adds versatility to our offense and I can't wait to get in the film room and start planning for 2011 and the Pac-12.
"In addition, Mike is a dynamic and tireless recruiter who is familiar with the Pac-12 area and, in particular, southern California. He will be a great plus for our program in this important area.
CheekyBruin posted a video of the press conference here. Welcome to Coach Johnson. As Johnson settles in, Chow is on his way "home." Here is UCLA's official release on Chow going to Utah:
"Norm is a fine man and an outstanding coach and I have enjoyed working with him. He will do a great job at Utah.
"I thank him for his contributions to our program and wish Norm and his family well in the future."
We will echo Rick and wish Coach Chow luck. November 12, 2011 will be very interesting. We can now hopefully have a new DC in place in a matter of days (can we still dream?).
One of the biggest winner in these two developments is none other than Tracy Pierson, who was miles ahead of everyone else and had this story right all along:
PS: Folks, do not cut and paste entire articles from other outlets. House rules.