It’s Friday night, and the wait goes on.
Still no official word on exactly which job former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson will fill at UCLA, but he’s apparently already starting to do some work.
Johnson has been meeting with players and out recruiting for the Bruins, Ramona Shelburne writes.
Sources close to the situation say that Johnson will become offensive coordinator and could split play-calling duties with Rick Neuheisel, but Norm Chow remains on staff at this point.
As reported, Johnson was on UCLA’s campus on Tuesday and took a tour of the facilities, meeting several players, and more players had individual meetings with Johnson on Thursday.
Chow, who reportedly has had talks with Utah to become its offensive coordinator, remains on the UCLA staff and continues to recruit for head coach Rick Neuheisel.
Johnson coached with Neuheisel with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006-07 and was quarterbacks coach for the Michael Vick-led Atlanta Falcons from 2003-05. He also served as wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach at Oregon State in the late 90s.
Chow agreed to a two-year contract extension worth roughly $1 million during the summer of 2010 that was finalized late in the year, after Neuheisel had publicly expressed his displeasure with the offense. Neuheisel at times was non-committal about Chow’s return as early as November.
UCLA’s offenses have finished 109th, 94th and 104th in scoring nationally during the last three seasons, out of 120 FBS teams.
Johnson last coached for the 49ers, where he was promoted midseason from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.