First step in Chow saga?

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson “has reached an agreement in principle to become an assistant coach at UCLA.” The newspaper cites a unnamed “person inside the program who was not authorized to speak on the matter” as the source of information.
If speculation becomes reality, it could be the first step in a process that lands Norm Chow in Utah. The former BYU assistant is currently UCLA’s offensive coordinator. Johnson, however, is rumored to be his replacement.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel offered some insight in an interview with L.A. Times columnist T. J. Simers. Here’s a sampling of his comments, which include a remark that “it’s unlikely” that Chow would remain the Bruins’ offensive coordinator:
Here’s a sampling of other things Neuheisel said:
— “Norm is still on our staff. I’m still deliberating as to how we are going to reorganize ourselves offensively so as to create a more potent offense.”
— “I do want Norm Chow here. But I’m just not sure under what capacity. And I understand that Norm, given his great credentials, it may or may not be to his liking if it’s not in the current capacity.”
— “There’s absolutely no attempt to force him out. None.”
— “Not to my knowledge,” he said when asked if a financial settlement with Chow is in the works. “He hasn’t said anything about another job. If that’s for him and the opportunity exists, we would certainly wish him well.”
Stay tuned, again.

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