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Published: Thursday, Jan. 12 2012 11:00 p.m. MST

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Anyone know if Sanford is being considered? He was a great offensive coordinator and after his stint at UNLV I haven't heard anything about him...Sanford would be a great replacement for Chow!

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

Ugh - I'm not sure what to think of this.

Crowton has been a pretty successful OC over the past few years but he hasn't stayed at any of those programs for more than a couple years. I'm not sure if that has been by choice or not. To me, it seems like he would come with too much baggage to be worth bringing him on.

From what I heard, Crowton sent his resume to Whitingham - so I'm not sure if too much should be read into this.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I called this one the day Norm's departure was announced. Add Crowton to a list of former cougars who want nothing more than to beat them(Whittingham, Sitake, Chace Hansen, Star Lotulelei, Vainuku, Zach Lindsay)


How many people who were once die-hard utes are switching to byu these days?

I've said it before and I'll say it again:

The future of football in Utah,


Springville, UT

Exactly what the Utes need.

Mid-Major Cougars
San Diego, CA

Well...let's think about this

We saw what former-BYU-OC Norm Chow did to them--54-10

So, it may not be a bad choice--bring Crowton and a 49-3 9/15/2012 blowout of our sisters.


Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting comments so far. I hate to break bubbles, but Gary is unemployed and looking for a job. To date, he does not have a good track record, he had been many places but can't seem to stick.

His track record for staying power is about as good as the many "I called this one" and "mark it down" comments we get on from our friendly commentor. Not sure if Gary wants those odds.

He really needs a job. I think he would love to coach at Utah, especially if they will pay him. He would also love to coach at Utah State, Colorado State and yes, even BYU. Actually, most anywhere if he can be paid so he can feed his family.

I really like Sanford. Also, what about giving the job to an in house coach? Whit has some great assistant coaches.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

If a departing coach is replaced by Mike Locksley, what does that tell you about the departing coach?

Go Thunderbirds!

Eagle Mountain, UT

Hire him to run the offense, just don't let him get too involved with recruiting and he should do well.

Surfers Paradise, AU

aren't all the comments from U fans in the positive the same people who were blasting crowton when he was at BYU and making fun of the "down" years at BYU? If you disliked him then, it stands to reason you would dislike him now.

If he does land at the U I, for one, wish him well. I highly doubt his main motiviation is to "beat BYU" since no one knows what the future schedule looks like...but keep spinning.

Saratoga Springs, UT

I say no on Crowton. He didn't even do that well at LSU. Not a fan at all. His offense is like draw it up in the dirt and call it.

Henderson, NV

I seriously doubt Sanford is being considered for the OC possession he and Coach Whitt are not that close, Sanford made some comments back in 07' (27-0)after UNLV shutout Utah that Whitt didn't take to kindly to. Sanford was always a bit jealous of Whitt getting the Utah job.

Crowton would be a great hire for Utah, he has always done a great job where he has gone to except for Maryland.

Sunnyvale, CA

THIS is the best we can do???? I sure as shootin' hope not.


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News For U
Sandy, Utah

@ nothegame

"I say no on Crowton. He didn't even do that well at LSU. Not a fan at all. His offense is like draw it up in the dirt and call it".

Crowton won a National Championship at LSU in 2007.

Tempe, AZ

"Crowton won a National Championship at LSU in 2007."

Why is not there still? Seems odd that he moved on, doesn't it?

I am opposed to this hire. I would like the Utes to make a bigger splash or hire within. Why re-tread? I guess you know what you're getting. Or do you, given his erratic performance?

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

What is not being reported is that Coach Brocno Mendenhall just applied for the Utah job.

Although I think Brocno would do a fair job working under Coach Whitt, Coach Bornco comes with too much baggage to be a Ute.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"[Sanford] was a great offensive coordinator and after his stint at UNLV I haven't heard anything about him."

Last I heard, Mike Sanford was at Louisville. I thought he was a great O.C. while he was here at Utah as well, but Sanford runs a Spread, while Whittingham is looking to install a Pro-style offense. Sanford might not be the best man for that.

Crowton runs a Pro-style offense, but I don't think he'd be a good option either. In fact, I'd rather have Sanford. Sure LSU won a National Championship while he was there, but they ALSO won an NC a couple of years BEFORE he got there, and another a couple of years after he LEFT. I think it would be safe to conclude the NC wasn't won BECAUSE OF Crowton. It was most like won BECAUSE they're LSU.

Hopefully, Whittingham passes on Crowton, and also passes on promoting one of our assistant coaches to the coordinator position. We have great asst. coaches, but they're just not ready to take that step yet. At least not in the Pac-12 anyway.

Nampa, ID

Crowton's statement about pretty much running whichever system KWitt wants sounded a bit desperate. Of course I have no idea what goes on in those interviews.

He may be great for Utah, he may be a bust. The reasons for hiring coaches are as varied as reasons recruits pick certain schools.

Chris Peterson at BSU keeps having his assistants hired out and he still puts out a great football team. Good head coaches seem to find the right people.

Using assistant smack-talk is as useless as arena-size, and bowl game commentator smack. Utes have bragging rights until we can beat them. I hate that, but love it when the table is turned.

And p.s., BYU should look into Detmer as quarterbacks coach. Riley needs mechanics help.


I personally think that Coach Whit is going to try and pull someone from the NFL. He wants to run that type of offence and we all know he's not going to just jump at the first person. Also coaches on his staff now need a couple more years in the conference, oneday they will be ready (Rodick or Johnson). With the money coach Whit has now we should get a pretty good OC. As much as I hate to say it Crowton might not be to bad, he has moved a number of times which is strange but I think that Oregon and LSU brought in new coaches and he was'nt rehired.

Orem, UT

Chris B

Crowton was fired as much for character issues as for creating a train wreck of a perennial Top 25 team. If that's your cup of tea, enjoy.

btw, you can count Chow in the list of former Utes turned Cougars who wanted nothing more than to beat Utah for over a quarter of a century.

The future of Utah football is much like the past 30 years for Arizona football, a perennial PAC 12 lower tier team with occassional seasons of moderate success, but never anything worth writing home about.

The Utes are off to a good start with that - 8th in a very mediocre PAC 12 in their first season.

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