Norm Chow named UCLA’s offensive coordinator

January 21, 2008

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UPDATE: It’s official now. Chow’s coming to UCLA.

While it’s not up on the official site yet, both the LA Daily News and ESPN.com are reporting that UCLA has hired Norm Chow as its new offensive coordinator.

Wow. I shouldn’t have to tell that this is an amazing hire. While I objected to Chow becoming UCLA’s head coach, I’m thrilled with him becoming the offensive coordinator. Just look at his track record, he’s arguably one of the best offensive coordinators in the history of college football.

I found this in an ESPN article about Chow written in 2001 (before Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart became stars under Chow):

In 18 seasons as offensive coordinator, Chow coached six of the top 12 career passing efficiency leaders and 11 quarterbacks who rank among the top 30 in NCAA history for single-season passing yardage. The Cougars scored 30 or more points in 106 of 181 games. His list of pupils include Robbie Bosco, Steve Young and 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

Chow coached Philip Rivers, who broke seven school passing records and was named ACC Freshman of the Year last season. The Wolfpack offense finished second in the ACC behind Florida State (396.2 yards per game), with Rivers throwing for 3,054 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

That would be impressive even without considering what he did at USC, where he built probably the best offense of the decade around Palmer, Leinart, Reggie Bush and LenDale White.

A great job by Rick Neuheisel for convincing Chow to come to UCLA. It probably wasn’t easy to sell Chow on coming to coach at UCLA after spending the last three years in the NFL.

The season opener can’t come soon enough, and it’s still seven months away (Aug. 30). Major hat-tip to Bruins Nation for alerting me to the good news.

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