UCLA football: Norm Chow to get two-year contract extension


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UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow has agreed in principle to a two-year contract extension that is believed to make him the highest-paid assistant coach in Bruins history, an athletic department source said.

Chow, long considered one of college football’s top offensive coordinators, is expected to make between $400,000 and $500,000 per season. The contract does not include a buyout.


Only 18 NCAA Division I assistants made a base salary of $400,000 or more last season, with five making more than $600,000, according to USA Today.

Tennessee’s Monte Kiffin, now at USC, made $1.2 million. Texas’ Will Muschamp made $900,000. Tennessee’s Ed Orgeron, who also jumped to USC, made $650,000. Florida State’s Jimbo Fischer made $629,000. Washington’s Nick Holt made $600,000.

The final details of Chow’s contract are being worked out, but it is expected to be in place well before the season opener at Kansas State on Sept. 4.

UCLA officials declined to comment. Chow could not be reached for comment.

Chow, 64, will make $340,000 this season in the final year of a three-year deal. He also received a $250,000 bonus in April from remaining at UCLA through the contract.

Chow has had three quarterbacks win the Heisman Trophy: BYU’s Ty Detmer andUSC’s Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He also has three national titles, with BYU in 1984 and USC in 2003 and 2004.

--Chris Foster