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UCLA football: Mike Johnson to be new offensive coordinator

January 22, 2011 | 12:18 pm

Mikejohnson-300 UCLA has hired Mike Johnson as offensive coordinator, the same position he had this season with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

Coach Rick Neuheisel announced the hiring Saturday, though The Times reported earlier this week that Johnson and UCLA had agreed to terms on a deal bringing him in to Neuheisel's staff.

It is unclear what role former offensive coordinator Norm Chow will have with the team, though Neuheisel told The Times' T.J. Simers this week that Chow would not return in the same position. Chow, whose status has been in limbo for two months, has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him $1 million.

Johnson and Neuheisel will be reunited after working together with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and 2007, making Johnson one of five Bruins assistants with NFL experience.

Johnson's duties will include coaching the wide receivers, while Neuheisel will coach the quarterbacks. Neuheisel says he will be more hands-on in play-calling.

Johnson spent the last two seasons with the 49ers, coaching the quarterbacks, and was the team’s offensive coordinator last season. Before working in Baltimore, he spent three years coaching quarterbacks with the Atlanta Falcons, where he tutored Michael Vick. Johnson also coached quarterback Doug Flutie when he was with the San Diego Chargers.

-- Chris Foster

Times staff and news services contributed to this report.

Photo: Mike Johnson, the former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator who will take the same position with UCLA. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

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