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Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Report: LSU's Gary Crowton offered Maryland OC position

By Steve Yanda

Louisiana State offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has been offered to join Randy Edsall's staff at Maryland in the same capacity, according to a report in the Shreveport Times.

In an interview with the Times on Wednesday night, Crowton said he had interviewed for and been offered the Maryland offensive coordinator position. Crowton told the Times he'd been offered a three-year contract worth $500,000 annually. The newspaper reported that Crowton made $475,000 in 2010 and had one year remaining on his contract with the Tigers worth $500,000.

The Tigers won a national championship in 2007, a season in which LSU set program records for scoring and total offense. That season was Crowton's first as LSU's offensive coordinator.

In 2010, the Tigers tied for No. 45 in the nation in scoring offense (29.7 ppg), ranked No. 86 in total offense (343.2 ypg) and ranked No. 107 in passing offense (155.6 ypg). The Tigers tied for No. 27 in the country in rushing offense (187.5 ypg).

LSU Coach Les Miles interviewed for the Michigan head coaching job earlier this week, which factored into Crowton's decision to agree to be interviewed for the Maryland position. Miles elected to stay at LSU and signed a new seven-year contract, which was announced Wednesday.

"I'm excited about the future here at LSU," Crowton told the Times. "But I'm going to sit down with my family tonight and see if this (the Maryland job) is what we want to do."

By Steve Yanda  | January 12, 2011; 10:57 PM ET
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Comments

Helluva move if we can get him, go Randy

Posted by: DMoney28 | January 12, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks more like a ploy for more $$$.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 12, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Might be, Postfan1. Read The Sun's report on it. There's a high degree of uncertainty surrounding whether or not he would have kept his job at LSU. He had one year left, but the natives down there were restless after it looked like Jordan Jefferson couldn't complete a forward pass.

I like that Edsall is looking for an OC with more of an open offensive philosophy. I'm sure he feels the pressure to put fans in the seats, which was the big Leach attraction. So he's showing some flexibility here. First he's keeping Don Brown, even though Edsall is a D guy himself. He's willing to forgo his system. Now he looks for a more exciting offense than he had at UConn. You have to give him credit for assessing the situation and adjusting.

On the recruiting front, a 4 star DB/Ath from PA decommitted from Pitt, and it looks like MD is on his radar.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 13, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, Edsall sure is getting around. Here's another appearance scheduled for February 11 up in BMore at the Sports Legends Museum:

Group Discussions with Fans Led by Local Sports Celebrities plus Appearances by
Local Sports Celebrities including the University of Maryland's Head Football Coach, Randy Edsall

By the way, a number of commentators have mentioned that he reminds them of Vanderlinden. I happen to think he's a dead ringer for Beamer, just without the turkey neck.

Posted by: Terps85 | January 13, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The Post is falling way behind, we just beat Wake Forest, an ACC opponent NOT Colgate, and there is no post here... pathetic. Should I start paying more attention to that paper 40 miles up north?

Posted by: break20 | January 13, 2011 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Most of us already do....You come here for the banter but hit the Sun for information

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 13, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

The CONSISTENT story on Crowton (at multiple schools and NFL) is that his offenses start fast - first year - then are quickly figured out after that and their production drops. Look it up. Most who know about him would not be high on him as Terp OC over the long haul. RE should know that, so if he is hired, let's hope that someone else is "helping" with the offense.

Posted by: Pearl77 | January 13, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Terpfan - That is exactly what I do. Other than paying for a Terrapin Times website subscription, the Sun has some good timely info.(recruiting and other).
The posts there are pretty tame compared to this amusing board. There is one poster on there called "Ryan", I believe....Barno would have a field day with him!

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 13, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Mydogsnameisdixon,

Also go to www.testudotimes.com.

It's free and pretty up-to-date and accurate.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 13, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Who would leave LSU to go to Maryland with the same amount of money involved. $500k goes a lot longer in Shreveport than it does in this area.

Posted by: psock1 | January 13, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

You are right guys. Go to Sun and Testudotimes for content and TI for banter. I don't want to knock the writers at WaPo because I like their work. My guess is it's and editorial thing. If this keeps up there could be a shift to the Sun, but they have a delayed posting policy because Barker, who is very good, controls his blog.

We aren't getting Crowton. It's a money ploy. My concern is how many other candidates Edsall has.

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This does seem to be a done deal. I'm really surprised Maryland is willing to step up to pay an assistant $500k. Maybe Anderson is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Crowton has always been limited by his QBs. While they have been highly rated HS QBs, they don't have the skills to read defenses and make good decisions. He'll be coming to a situation with one of the best young QBs in the nation who is a hard worker and obsessive preparer.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 13, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

There is an available OC out there looking for a job. His name is Ralph Friedgen :)

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 13, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"Who would leave LSU to go to Maryland with the same amount of money involved. $500k goes a lot longer in Shreveport than it does in this area.

Posted by: psock1 | January 13, 2011 10:04 AM"
-->Maybe because MD would offer more job security since the expectations are not so high and thus, less pressure. Look at Steve Spurrier when he spurned Florida the second time around in favor of South Carolina.

Posted by: break20 | January 13, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

This would be a good hire if we can get it done. Much better than the UConn OC.

Posted by: aviscardo | January 13, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

MyDogsNameIsDixon,

"Ryan" from the Sun is a total d-bag. But you forgot to mention "Wayne". He is worse than "Ryan". When the Terps do poorly, they do the "I told you so" routine. Then they hide when the Terps do well. They deserve a good kick in the balls by Testudo the mascot.

Posted by: larry31 | January 13, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

MyDogsNameIsDixon,

"Ryan" from the Sun is a total d-bag. But you forgot to mention "Wayne". He is worse than "Ryan". When the Terps do poorly, they do the "I told you so" routine. Then they hide when the Terps do well. They deserve a good kick in the balls by Testudo the mascot.

Posted by: larry31 | January 13, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

TestudoTimes is an AMATEUR blog that could be written by HVAC/286 or the other sweet basement posters on accboards.com? It has no credibility? http://www.testudotimes.com/2010/6/1/1496812/maryland-picks-up-2011-basketball FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | January 13, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I would actually think that if we are offering $500k that we could land someone better thatn Crowton. He had had mixed results and it not much of a recruiter. Moorhead is a better recruiter than Crowton. No offense to Crowton but with the talent LSU has, he should be considered an amzing OC and he's not. That worries me a little but at the same time the defenses in the SEC are way better than the ACC, so who really knows.

Posted by: terpfan34 | January 13, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I think fans often focus too much on what a player/coach/team did last year, and not the big picture. This OC was an NFL offensive coordinator. He had the number 1 offense in the nation at BYU. Sure, last year his offense wasn't top notch, but his resume is impressive.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Heather Dinich is reporting that he left LSU today to take the OC job for his boy RE. So for RE is putting together a pretty good staff, lets just hope it translates into Championships!

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | January 13, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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