Chow, Carroll, Leinart Quotes On Chow's Departure to NFL

Feb. 9, 2005

Norm Chow QUOTES

Feb. 9, 2005

On becoming offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans:

'I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at USC and feel we accomplished some great things over the past few years. It is an awesome feeling to be part of the Trojan Family. I am appreciative of Pete Carroll, Mike Garrett, Steven Sample and Dennis Dougherty for giving me the opportunity to be here.

'It has been an honor to work with some of the finest young men I've ever met and to associate with the wonderful alumni and fans of the University of Southern California.

'There were some discussions between Pete Carroll and I, as there were every year, about possible changes within the coaching staff. But then this opportunity arose with the Tennessee Titans and it all happened very quickly. It was just finalized this morning.

'I'm extremely excited to be working with another Trojan in Jeff Fisher and I'm looking forward to the challenge of coaching at the next level. I hope to take the success we had at USC to Nashville and help Coach Fisher and Mr. Adams continue their winning ways.

'There is no question in my mind that USC will continue to be successful and that the young men there will continue to grow as athletes and individuals. My family and I will always be big supporters of the Trojans. Fight On!'

Pete Carroll QUOTES:

'We're losing a great coach and a great leader in Norm Chow. He brought unbelievable stature and dignity to our program and to our championship efforts. He will always be remembered as a key element in the rise of the USC program.

'From our first discussions about coming to USC four years ago, the prospect of his career advancement was always on the table. With the success we shared, it was only right that Norm got an opportunity of this magnitude. I know he is excited to be going to the Tennessee Titans and is looking forward to the new challenges of the NFL.

'We all wish him the very best in the NFL. He'll bring his history of success and winning to the league and I'm certain he will enhance the Titans' chances of getting to the Super Bowl.

'I'm sure we will continue to share and exchange ideas like we always did. Amid speculation to the contrary, Norm and I had a great relationship during our years together. I know that will continue in the future and will be the foundation of a lifetime friendship.'

Matt Leinart QUOTES:

'Of course, I'm disappointed that Coach Chow is leaving. I was really looking forward to him being here for my senior year. But we all have to realize that with the success we've had, coaches are going to get opportunities to better themselves. Life goes on. We'll be fine.

'I'm so proud of him and happy for him to be able to go to the NFL as an offensive coordinator. It's a great, great opportunity.

'Coach Chow and I will always have a great relationship. I know I'll keep in contact with him. I wish him all the best.'