UCLA's Chow gets extension

Updated: July 30, 2010, 5:09 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow has agreed to a two-year extension, a school spokesman confirmed Friday morning.

The Los Angeles Times reported late Thursday night that Chow will earn between $400,000 and $500,000 per season under the extension, making him one of the top-paid assistant coaches in college football.

UCLA would not comment on what Chow's compensation will be.

Chow is in the final year of the original three-year deal he signed in 2007. Chow made a base salary of $250,000 in his first two years plus a talent fee of $50,000, according to a February 2008 report from the UCLA committee on compensation. That money was then deducted from the $1 million per season that the Tennessee Titans owed him.

This year, the third season of that deal, Chow is no longer receiving compensation from the Titans. His overall salary from UCLA will be approximately $640,000. His base salary remains $250,000. The jump reflects his talent fee increasing to $140,000 and a $250,000 retention bonus after he completed the first spring practice of 2010. He can also earn bonuses for bowl games and summer camps.

Chow made headlines earlier this year after a well-publicized flirtation with USC, following its hiring of Lane Kiffin.

"It's USC and I've known Lane for a long time, and you're flattered when people call, but in the end we realized where we wanted to be," Chow said at the time.

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

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