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LSU fans rejoice: OC Crowton headed to Terps

Gary Crowton

Let the partying on the bayou commence in earnest.

Some fans didn’t get their wish when Les Miles decided to stay at LSU after getting heavy overtures from Michigan.  Instead, they’ll have to settle for one of Miles’ most vilified assistant leaving the Tigers.

Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate Thursday morning that he has accepted an offer for the same position at Maryland.  Crowton had confirmed Wednesday night that he’d received an offer for the coordinator job from new Terps head coach Randy Edsall after interviewing for the position earlier in the week.

I did accept the job,” Crowton told the Advocate. “I met with Coach Miles this morning. I talked over with Maren (his wife) and my family last night. This was a very hard decision because there are such wonderful things at LSU.”

Crowton will make $500,000 annually on a three-year deal, $100,000 more a year than what he was making at LSU.

The 53-year-old coach had come under heavy fire for what could be charitably described as inept offenses during his past two years with the Tigers.  LSU was 45th (29.7) and 76th (24.8) in scoring offense, and 86th (341.3) and 112th (304.5) in total offense.  Most embarrassing was an utterly limp passing attack: 107th (155.6) last year, 97th (181.8) in 2009.

Of course, when you are forced to rely on Jordan Jefferson at quarterback, what do you expect?

Regardless, the LSU faithful won’t have Crowton to kick around any longer.  As to which coordinator they will be able to put a foot into from here on out, that’s very much up in the air at the moment.

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8 Responses to “LSU fans rejoice: OC Crowton headed to Terps”
  1. BC says: Jan 13, 2011 12:42 PM

    Well, Edsall couldn’t find anyone to coach an offense at UConn, either. Maybe he just wants to stay with the theme.

  2. tilafoo says: Jan 13, 2011 1:00 PM

    I’m loving this decision! This guy was NO good for LSU. I don’t think he’s a bad OC, just not a good fit for LSU. We now have a new QB, lets hope him and the new OC (whoever it will be) get our offense rolling.

  3. cubano76 says: Jan 13, 2011 1:07 PM

    I’m sure this will make the Terp fans even more excitied about the Edsall hire.

  4. southernpatriots says: Jan 13, 2011 2:08 PM

    We personally do not know any LSU fans, LSU alums or anyone who actually wanted Miles to leave LSU. Apparently, this was drummed up by the gutless BR media sports radio bums and ilk. People who are not true fans but have mouths to yak and the like. Everyone with a sound mind knew and knows that Miles is good for LSU. Miles keep LSU in the limelight, keeps LSU in contention and keeps LSU fighting for the SEC championship (and thus the BCS championship) year in and year out. The problems with the offense and lack of imagination on play after play and game after game, must come on OC Crowton’s head. Now to get a good OC, maybe from the pros. We are so glad for Miles, he can start over with new ideas on the offense, which definitely could use some improvement. With new QB coming in JJ may have the motivation now to step up his play like he did after TN. It looks up more and more for LSU football season 2011! Merci Beaucoup Coach Miles! Geaux Tigers!

  5. bacchus42 says: Jan 13, 2011 2:26 PM

    Looks like Nussneier’s name is hitting the radar. Currently OC @UW Huskies

  6. chitownjeff says: Jan 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    Hey was a crappy o coordinator in Chicago.. and guarantee Zack Mettenburger will be better off without his two yard out patterns.. Miles can’t mess up here.. he needs to hire the right guy…

  7. cometkazie says: Jan 13, 2011 4:12 PM

    JJ played at a higher level in the Cotton Bowl. If he can maintain that . . . .

    Nuttin’ like a QB controversy to stir up the mouthy bums [think talk radio].

  8. southernpatriots says: Jan 13, 2011 4:41 PM

    Met and JJ need a strong OC, with some imagination. The pickings seem sparse out there of those who may not have contracts locked down and happy where they are. The one caveat is that, with particularly teams up North, they know the spotlight will be on the SEC to see at least a contender for the BCS national next year, if not the winner again (6 in a row?!) so with the local, regional and national spotlight shining brightly on the SEC teams (especially the top 5) it would be a great career boost for any OC, even NFL OCs to come to LSU for a few seasons and pad the resume with the BCS national championship.

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