Kevin Prince: We’re not panicking

Just got off the phone with UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince, who is following the Norm Chow situation with all the rest of us.

Me: What are you hearing?KP: “I’ve heard just about the same stuff you guys have. I haven’t been in touch with Coach Chow. I talked to him yesterday just about recruiting stuff. As of yesterday, he was firmly committed on UCLA. I haven’t tried to talk to him today.”

Me: How did you hear about the news?KP: “On ESPN I saw a bunch of stuff that went from him being the offensive coordinator to him being in negotiations to him being considered for it. Obviously if he goes we’ll have to move on and figure out how to be successful otherwise.”

Me: How difficult is it to be a player in the 24-hour news cycle, with information coming in throughout the day?

“It’s really disconcerting only because so much has happened in the last few days. First Pete Carroll, then Lane Kiffin gets the job, then you hear coach Chow would be going. You wouldn’t believe it otherwise. It’s a little disconcerting, but at the same time, it’s reports and nothing is made official. You can’t really believe what’s been said until its been confirmed.”

Me: How are the players reacting? Are you trying to come together as a team like USC did after Carroll left, or is it different because it’s not the head coach?
KP: “We’re just kinda holding down here and making sure everyone is good. It’s a little different for those guys at SC because it’s the head coach and it’s so unexpeceted and that was their guy. With us, Coach Chow is our guy and even if he did go, I feel that we do have a sense of stability with Coach Neuheisel here. On the offensive side of the ball, the best guys would have to step forward and say just because he’s not here, we’re not going anywhere. It does empower you a little bit.”