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Posted at 8:18 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Maryland names Gary Crowton offensive coordinator, fills out Edsall's staff

By Matt Bonesteel

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."

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 20, 2011; 8:18 PM ET
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Didn't realize this was "news." I thought it was already a foregone conclusion.

Posted by: break20 | January 20, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Newest email from TerpLand regarding Football Season Tickets indicates that Notre Dame game will be a separate purchase. Welcome to "Military Bowl - The Sequel" at FedEx Field.

Posted by: Terps85 | January 21, 2011 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Terp85, Guess Danny Boy is waiting to hear from Notre Dame as to how many they expect to have, then he'll decide how much he wants to charge us to watch a game in his dump called Fed Ex Field. Watch, the prices for this game will be way over priced, and there will be more Irish fans than Terp fans...If you want to play these big time schools, play them at Byrd, that's why you made all these quote 'upgrades' to the stadium in the first place...

Posted by: frostanna | January 21, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

frostanna, I agree with your comments about Snyder and the pricing of tickets. But the size of FEDEX is the reason the game will be held there; and shows the catch-22 that Maryland is in regarding Byrd Stadium. Maryland expands and upgrades Byrd Stadium to attract recruits and (hopefully) more fans. But even after that fact Byrd is still considered small when compared to NFL stadiums and a select few major college programs. That's why Penn State will only play us if we agree to play two games in Beaver Stadium for every one in Byrd. All about the $$$. No matter where you play this game there will be more ND fans there...

Posted by: dgilday | January 21, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

There is a big problem with Byrd--the huge concrete addition of several years ago. Problems are:

1. It is ugly. Putting a brick facade in several areas could help a little.

2. It is lopsided. It is like that whole side of the field will fall into a sinkhole.

3. Most of the seats are so high up in the concrete addition that it is not much fun to attend the game. The whole stadium has uncomfortable bleacher seats that torture a fan for 3 and 1/2 hours. But the bleacher seats plus the lousy view are hard to take.

4. It's into the sun on that side.

MD will never get the money, but it would be great to tear down the concrete monstrosity, add chair seating throughout the stadium, and replace the monstrosity with some sensible overhangs.

A new scoreboard would help too. The sound system is at 105 db and the sound is low-fi (very distorted and painful). The visual part of the scoreboard should be state-of-the-art HD.

Posted by: EdDC | January 21, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if getting a guy from the SEC will help recruiting.

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 21, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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