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UCLA's Prince relieved Chow is staying

1/15/2010 - UCLA Bruins

Patience is something Norm Chow has preached to Kevin Prince many times the last few years, but in the context of running the UCLA offense, not waiting out what became a very public decision-making process for Chow.

On Thursday morning, Prince and the Bruins finally had their answer: Chow was staying in Westwood, rebuffing big-money overtures from USC.

"It would have been a blow if he would've left. I'm really glad he still is here," said Prince, who will be a sophomore in the fall and was UCLA's starting quarterback most of last season.

"I'm just really grateful. I've learned how much I value coach Chow and what he brings to the table and has taught me. I really would've missed not working with him."

Prince said he and his teammates had been "paying attention to the TV like I haven't before" waiting for updates on the high-profile wooing of the Bruins' offensive coordinator.

At first he was "a little worried there for a second" but "we just had to wait it out and it was all right."

Prince said the situation, and recent high-profile comings-and-goings, made him think about the fickle nature of college football, in which coaches skip from job to job while the players they recruit and coach are left behind.

"I was thinking about that," Prince said. "A lot of the reason I chose UCLA was because of the school. I grew up here and UCLA was where my dad went to school and he had nothing but good things to say about it.

"But a lot of the reason I went here was because of Coach Chow and Coach Neuheisel. It's hard as a recruit to not like a coach and want to play for him.

"That's a lot of reason why a lot of recruits choose to play for a school. Changes happen very quickly -- as you see with USC and their coaching situation -- coaching is not a very set thing."

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.