After some consideration and after rereading Neuheisel’s comments and thinking about this all night, the more and more I think about it, the more and more I think Chow stays.
If it was all about the money, I have to believe that USC would have just loaded up before the Kiffin press conference and tried to make a major splash – I can’t stop thinking of Hulk Hogan going to the NWO back in the day.
Now, I’m sure if USC really throws a boatload of money at him, he’d more than consider it. This is the twilight of his career, he gives the impression that he will only coach a handful of years – he’s 64, and just doesn’t seem to me like the guy who coaches until he’s 84 – and money certainly would sway him at least a little.
But at the end of the day, this is like a Shakespearean drama, with so many layers, and if it were ALL about the money, I have to believe he would have gone.
Neuheisel handled his phone presser with just the right mix of confidence and optimism – he even admitted that if they throw a blockbuster at him, he won’t be mad, and I believe him – and as it stands, as of 10:23 p.m., unless we’re talking MAJOR, MAJOR money, I think he stays.