UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow finally signed his contract late last month, and I was able to get a copy of it today. Like I reported long ago, it’s a three-year deal. The new part is he is guaranteed $1.24 million if he stays all three years.
I addressed it in Wednesday’s paper, but another interesting thing is UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel put together a remarkable staff, and did so using only $85,000 more than former coach Karl Dorrell had for his last staff at UCLA.
I was able to catch some of the pickup basketball games at the men’s gym today, and incoming freshman guard Jrue Holiday looked superb. He has great court vision, plays hard on defense (even in these pickup games) and looks very comfortable.
Word from talking to several of the regulars in attendance is Holiday is making a name for himself on the court, and also off it for the way he handles himself.
A few of more notable players walking on to the football team this fall is Ian Davis, the brother of former UCLA standout defensive end Bruce Davis. Ian Davis is a defensive end out of Clear Creek High in Texas, and it is my understanding he has not played football in a few years.
Also walking on is Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks defensive back Jeff Dickman, and as been previoulsy reported, offensive lineman Brett Downey from Brett Harte High of Angel’s Camp.
(Editor’s note: We had some blog issues today, so I had to re-post everything from the day. Unfortunately, the comments were lost. Sorry about that.)
Hope everyone out there is ok from that earthquake. I know here in the San Fernando Valley we felt it pretty good, and down at UCLA it shook the campus pretty good. For those out of the area, it was a 5.8 earthquake located in Chino Hills.