Norm Chow's spoke with ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne yesterday and the conversation is detailed on ESPN's UCLA Report. It is worth the read, as it should make Bruin fans feel quite a bit better over the recent chaos surrounding the coaching rearrangements.
In the interview, Chow speaks highly of Rick Neuheisel assisting in his transition and of their relationship while working together at UCLA.
"It worked out just perfectly," he said. "Rick [Neuheisel] did a nice job with [facilitating his exit at UCLA]. ... "Rick and I are friends. I feel like we worked very very well together and it's just unfortunate that the results didn't show that."
Chow also shares our disappointment over the lack of success during his time at UCLA.
Was [Chow] disappointed to be leaving UCLA before turning the Bruins program around?
"We're disappointed it didn't turn out the way we hoped it would, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort or a lack of teamwork," he said.
You can read the entire article here.
The best news out of this is that Chow makes it sound like this was an amicable and mutual parting, which makes Neuheisel's comments and behavior in recent days look better. This also validates the recent suggestions on Bruins Nation here and here that these coaching moves were agreed upon by the parties involved, and it was administrative issues that led to the embarassingly public appearance that UCLA was completely mismanaging the coaching situation.
With Randy Shannon in town to interview for the defensive coordinator position, hopefully the Bruins can finally lock down their 2011 coaching staff, and after an excessively bumpy ride of late, can start looking to the future again. Signing Day is 10 days away.