Maryland names Gary Crowton offensive coordinator, fills out Edsall's staff
One week after reports surfaced that Gary Crowton would leave his job as Louisiana State's offensive coordinator to take the same position at Maryland, the school officially announced his hiring on Thursday night.
Crowton spent the last four seasons at LSU, as the Tigers went 40-13 and won the 2007 national title. But Crowton faced criticism his last two seasons after the offense struggled. The Tigers ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in passing and 86th nationally in total yards per game in 2010.
Crowton, who also will coach quarterbacks at Maryland, coached with new Maryland coach Randy Edsall when both were on the staff at Boston College from 1991 to 1993.
Maryland also hired Todd Bradford as its inside linebackers coach and John Dunn as its tight ends coach. Bradford spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Southern Mississippi. Dunn spent the last three years as a graduate assistant at LSU, working under Crowton, and will be a full-fledged assistant for the first time.
"I'm excited and happy about the staff we've put together," Edsall said in a statement. "They have a tremendous amount of experience and achieved a lot of success in their coaching careers. They also have good teaching skills and the ability to recruit quality young men."
| January 20, 2011; 8:18 PM ET
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