Update: Norm Chow will remain offensive coordinator at UCLA. The Los Angeles Times reports that Chow is believed to have received assurances of an extension from the school.
Loyalty has a price.
Whether Norm Chow leaves UCLA to join Lane Kiffin's staff at USC will come down to money.
Chow is scheduled to earn $640,000 next season. That figure includes a $250,000 bonus if he is offensive coordinator on April 1. USC is expected to offer considerably more, possibly in the $1 to $1.5 million range.
Although Bruin coach Rick Neuheisel expressed his desire to keep Chow, he told the Los Angeles Daily News that "no one would ever be angry at somebody if they got a blockbuster deal and felt like they couldn't turn it down."
He added, "All I know is what Norm Chow told me, that he is committed to UCLA."
Neuheisel's tinkering in the offense could also work against him in trying to retain Chow.
If Chow were to leave, where would UCLA turn? Jon Wilner of College Hotline throws out this thought:
"There is speculation — and that's all it is at this point — that if Chow leaves UCLA, the Bruins might hire Mike Leach as their offensive coordinator.
"The Daily News says this won't happen. But goodness, that would make a fun situation in L.A. even better."