UCLA: Chow, Fangio and Neuheisel's quest

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel is on a quest: "A quest to be thorough," he told the Orange County Register.

In other words, no, Neuheisel hasn't found a new defensive coordinator and, no, he hasn't made a decision on whether offensive coordinator Norm Chow will return in 2011.

So the news is this: “The process is moving forward,” Neuheisel told the newspaper.

As for the known vacancy at defensive coordinator.

Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is believed to be Neuheisel’s first choice to replace Chuck Bullough, who was fired by Neuheisel Dec. 18. Fangio worked with Neuheisel with the Baltimore Ravens and has had a strained relationship with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

Neuheisel said he has not asked Stanford for permission to speak with Fangio.

Scott Reid did get some things out of Neuheisel.

  • Reid reported that "Neuheisel said he is not waiting for Chow to find another job and has not approached UCLA boosters about donating to a fund to buy out Chow."

  • As for his discussions with Chow, Neuheisel said, “I’m still playing with a lot of things in my mind as to what’s the perfect scenario.”

  • Neuheisel has not decided if the Bruins will stick with a pistol offense, and that decision won't be made until after national signing day on Feb. 2.