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 LOS ANGELES (AP) -Norm Chow, who tutored a pair of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at Southern California, is returning as offensive coordinator at crosstown rival UCLA.
Chow, fired last week by the Tennessee Titans, joins the staff of new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, the former Bruins quarterback who took the job late last month.
Before coming to USC and working with Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, the 61-year-old Chow groomed Heisman winner Ty Detmer at BYU. His coaching resume includes six quarterbacks who were first-round picks in the NFL: Palmer, Leinart, Philip Rivers, Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Marc Wilson.
UCLA quarterback Ben Olson was considered one of the prospects in the nation when he came out of high school, but he has yet to live up to his billing with the Bruins.
Chow was the Titans' offensive coordinator for three years and was credited with helping Vince Young make the transition to the pro game. The Titans finished 10-6 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2003, losing 17-6 to San Diego in an AFC wild-card game.
But Tennessee ranked 21st in the league in total offense and became the first team with only nine touchdown passes to reach the playoffs in a 16-game season.
Chow, who has interviewed for several college head coaching jobs, was under Pete Carroll at USC for four seasons, including two national championship years. Before that, he worked with Rivers at North Carolina State following 27 years on the BYU staff.
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