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Chow to UCLA

From Dohn:

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel hit the daily double when it comes to coveted coordinators after Norm Chow accepted the offensive coordinators role Sunday, according to sources.

Chow, the former Tennessee Titans and USC offensive coordinator, gives Neuheisel a formidable staff along with defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.

Neuheisel, Chow and Walker each interviewed for the head coaching job. A UCLA official declined to comment.

Chow was a long-time offensive coordinator at BYU, but made his mark nationally as the offensive coordinator at USC, tutoring Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

He spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, but was fired last week. Neuheisel was waiting for Chow to decide whether Chow would return to college football, attempt to secure another NFL job or take a year off from coaching.


UPDATE -- Meriones: The LA Times is running it in today's (Monday's) paper:

Norm Chow, the offensive mind who helped USC win two national titles, has agreed to join UCLA's staff as offensive coordinator, sources familiar with the situation said.

Rick Neuheisel coveted Chow from the moment he was hired as Bruins coach in late December, but the chances of landing the 61-year-old coach were minuscule. That changed when Chow was fired by the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 14.

After taking a few days to discuss the situation with his family, Chow agreed to sign on across town from where he developed two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks for USC. Chow spent four seasons with the Trojans. But after friction developed between him and Trojans Coach Pete Carroll, Chow left to become the Titans' offensive coordinator in 2005.

UCLA officials declined to comment. Neuheisel and Chow did not respond to telephone calls for comment.

I'm still hoping for that official announcement from campus, but holy (bleep). WOW. -- M