These were questions emailed to me. Here is the eight set of answers:
Do you think Chow has enjoyed being the OC of UCLA and do you see him renewing after his 3rd year?
I don’t think I would say he enjoyed last season because it was very frustrating for himself, the players and everyone associated with the program. I do think he likes working at UCLA, and really enjoys the fact he can drive home every night and see his family. Such was not the case when he worked at USC and in the NFL.
What is the overall salary of the entire UCLA football coaching staff compared to the entire USC football coaching staff salary? I would just like to know, comparatively, how $$ paid correlates to winning and recruiting.
I don’t know the exact salary of UCLA’s staff because the salaries of the defensive coordinator position and new cornerbacks coach Carnell Lake are not yet made public. However, it will be around $3 million, including coach Rick Neuheisel’s salary.
I don’t know USC’s salary for the staff, and as a private school, USC does not have to make that information public.
However, I’ve seen reports stating coach Pete Carroll makes $2 to $3 million annually, and his staff makes markedly more. I would think USC’s staff makes about $5 million. And, yes, spending more on coaches, if done wisely, does correlate to winning.
when you went back to rutgers you mentioned eating at food trucks, what do you order? and have you eaten off local taco trucks, how do they compare?
At Rutgers, they are called the Grease Trucks. I order a taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwich, since there aren’t many places in the country you can get taylor ham. I have not eaten off the local taco trucks, and it is different kind of faire.
How many new lineman will UCLA get? On both sides on the ball.
Got me. I know they have two high school offensive line commits right now, and two commits from JUCO players who are long shots to get in. UCLA also has one high school DE commit and one JUCO DT commit, although he needs to pass two classes to get in to UCLA.
I saw last week that Oregon State lost their offensive line coach, and also another coach, I believe their offensive coordinator. Have you heard anything about those two moves having any effect at all on the commitment of Michael Philipp?
I have not heard anything about Philipp re-considering. I think he was adamant about his decision to attend Oregon State, and right now I’m hearing that is where he will sign.
How has Frank Gansz jr. done as Special Teams Coach. Is he particularly well respected? Will we be any better this year on coverage?
I was a little disappointed in UCLA’s special teams this season, especially the coverage teams. I think Gansz is a good coach, and UCLA was playing a lot of inexperienced players on special teams.
Last week, you mentioned that there is animosity between the staffs at UCLA and USC. However, many members of both staffs have ties to the other school such as Norton having played at UCLA before. Does that mean these types of people have severed their loyalty to their respective schools?
It doesn’t mean the loyalty has been severed. It means there are competitive personalities on both staffs.