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

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for all of you that think Sanford would do well think again! he took no responsibility and always blamed players, facilities or someone else when he didn't get it done in las Vegas. Not sold on Crowton either, when Staley went down and left he was done at BYU

Grantsville, UT

I believe Gary Crowton was given a courtesy interview by Coach Whittingham. That is all there is too this story. Crowton is unemployed looking for his next 2-3 year gig. Crowton is a one hit, one year wonder. He has a great first year. Teams study and figure out the offense and then it slowly depreciates.

I would like to see A-Rod get promoted. Coach Whit loves to promote within. I think A-Rod learned many things from coach Chow. He is ready, great recruiter and if he isn't hired, he will leave. I hope the spread offense has seen its last days in Utah. I loved seeing Asiata at fullback and the Wolfman run the ball down the field. With the possibility of Utah playing a freshman quarterback next year, a very effective running game, will greatly help that quarterback.
That's my $.02

Las Vegas, NV

The very fact that this story is being reported is evidence that Crowton will not be the next OC. Every one involved is extremely tight-lipped. Sounds like Crowton is blowing hi own horn to get his name back into the public. Any one who is a serious contender is not talking.

Go Utes!!

BTW Chris B, you left Jake Murphy off the list. You know, bYu's only 4 star recruit for 2008!!

Las Vegas, NV

All this talk about bYu rejects by the little brothers down south is just outright hilarious. Some people just don't see the irony in their own remarks. bYu's football "glory" under the direction of a head coach with a bachelor's degree from USU and master's degree from Utah; and an OC with his degree from Utah. All football glory you earned was at the hands of Utah and USU graduates. But don't let a little knowledge discourage you from posting on Ute articles, by all means. We need good entertainment!!

Go Utes!! Onward and Upward!!

Las Vegas, NV

@Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

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

My thoughts exactly! That is why he will not be the next Utah OC.

Go Utes!!

CO Ute

Crowton is one of around 70 candidates. Because he was previously HC in Provo, it makes for a nice article and lots of discussion. Kind of silly to start all the banter until an actual hire is made.

Speaking of silly, this is for Chris B and Hedgehog who continue to predict that the Utes will be 'bottom feeders'. Several sports writers (yes those that actually are paid for their knowledge) disagree. Yahoo Sports' Mike Huguenin lists Utah at #24 in his pre season 2012 ranking. Ted Miller from ESPN projects them as the 3rd best team in the conference behind USC and Oregon. Brett McMurphy from CBS Sports has them at #21 in his 2012 way early top 25. There are others as well but this should suffice for now.

North Salt Lake, UT

Fassel would be a cool hire. Hiring Detmer would just be hilarious.


One of the funniest things ever is to listen to Coach Mac, when he was still at the U, tell the story of Lenny Gomes calling him for a job.

I wonder when Bronco calls Coach Whitt if he'll show up for the courtesy interview, Whitt will be gentlemen enough to give of course, wearing one of his ratty Band of Brothers T-shirts.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

That's a tough call. The reality is that you may not have a potential coordinator with a more complete and distinguished resume than Crowton. National champion at LSU as coordinator, was the coordinator who first began to instill that spread scheme that made Oregon the explosive offensive machine it is today (although obviously Chip Kelly took that to a whole other level), has been a coordinator at the NFL level with the Bears (which means if Utah still wants to have a pro-style system, he has the experience obviously). And even at BYU, that train sure derailed his last couple seasons, but that was a record-breaking team his first year there. He also brought in some big prospects as a recruiter there, namely Collie, Beck, Brown, Olsen (who was the #1 QB in the nation, impressive at the time even if he didn't pan out). He got commitments from Ngata and Mohateau, the top OL and DL in the nation even if they ultimately ended up elsewhere... so there's a lot to point to as positives, but like many others it's still very difficult to shake the bad vibe associated with him due to his BYU fiasco


I've thrown it out before, and think there is likely no possible way to pay him enough to pull him away from broadcasting, but it would be the ultimate hire to coach against BYU, where he played, and Utah State, where he coached: Brian Billick.

Broke NFL team offensive records with the Minnesota Vikings, and before that turned a terrible Aggies team into an unlikely offensive juggernaut in only 3 years. Of course he's best known as head coach of a team with decent offense and stellar defense (sound familiar?), and leading them to win it all. Will likely never happen, but could you imagine??



West Jordan, Utah

Why do so many people keep mentioning Sanford. Yes he was a successful Offensive Coordinator at Utah under Urban Meyer, but it's well known in Ute circles that Whittingham and Sanford did not get along and had a few run ins. I won't be to specific on those because it can't be proven here in this forum.

Anyway, although Gary Crowton did not find success as a head coach, he has been a very successful Offensive Coordinator. He was fantastic at the highest level of the SEC while at LSU. While there, his offenses were atop the nation, and LSU won a national title.

Also, Crowton did a fine job at Oregon.

Yes, the Maryland job did not go well last year. That's understood, but I think Crowton would do a fine job at Utah.

Remember, Chow had a rough couple of years at UCLA before coming to Utah. Despite Utah's offense not being prolific last season, Chow worked some magic revamping the offense for the players he had left after the onslaught of injury.

Crowton would be a good choice as far as I am concerned.

Granstville, UT

These Crowton type rumors, are merely something for the newspaper and talk radio people to blather on about until the time comes for coach Whit to hire his O.C.

I've said it before, he's waiting for Adam Gase, Q/B coach for the Denver Broncos, but with them still involved in the playoffs, he's waiting until after their season is finished so as not to interfer with the Bronco's preparation.

As soon as Denver is out, coach Whit and coach Gase will finalize the deal.

So in the mean time, keep talking about Crowton and others who don't have a chance. Here's a rumor, Doman is thinking of switching, it makes about as much sense as Crowton.

Go Utes, CA

I think Whit interviewed Crowton as a favor, nothing more. It gets Crowton's name in the news and makes him seem slightly more desirable to other employers. Whit is not going to actually hire Crowton.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I think probably Gary crowton is too good for utah.

Tooele, UT

@SamoanYfan 2:53

You said - "I think this would be so awesome. Whittingham continuing to hire former BYU coaches/alumni with himself being one too. Coach Whit had such an awesome experience at BYU that he wants to make Utah just like it. Then Utah can be filled with arrogant, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, nah nah nah in yo face, and chest puffin' fans/alumni too...just like BYU right?"

Pot, meet kettle.

Brigham City, UT

Crowton won a national title in 2007 with LSU-----and he may have helped them win another last week if they had retained him.

Iowa City, IA

I don't see the Utes going with Crowton, but they could do worse, I suppose. Now, Jim Fassel, not that he would do it...but boy wouldn't the

Cougars - Wise Older Brothers | 1:43 p.m. Jan. 13, 2012
Anaheim, CA
"BYU #25/#26 (ranked 5 of the last 6 seasons)
Utah unranked (ranked 3 of the last 6 seasons)"

Once again: There is no "#26", otherwise the Utes would have been "#23/#26" last season, and no cougar would recognize their position in the AP---it's always "unranked" for 2010 and "Top-15" finishes of each year not ending in a "5."

Oh, and why "the last 6 years"? Why not the last 8 or 9 even? Oh yeah, it wouldn't work out so nicely. Is it really wisdom, or simply the ability to twist stats to prove any point you wish?

And a word about "Little Brothers." Nephi was a little brother. Just sayin'.

Park City, UT


Utah fans are always whining about living too far in the past, so how about just the Bronco/Kyle era?

Bronco 5
Kyle 3

As for Top 15 finishes

Bronco 3
Kyle 1

If that doesn't work for you, why not just count lifetime Top 25 finishes?

All-time Top 25 Finishes
BYU 18
Utah 7

When it comes to football, Utah fans are the only ones who have to twist facts by playing the "we're only going to count records from 2003 to 2011" game.

Orem, Utah

Great post Samoan Y fan. I also should add that Utah got tired of the many beat downs suffered from the legendary Lavell who brought in pro-style QB's such as Detmer,Young, and others while Utah was content with their outdated running game. They finally got wise and brought in Urban Meyer who installed a spread/gimmick offense. I can understand they are envious of the mighty Cougars who have the National brand to go independent while Utah needs to belong to a conference since the only time they get noticed is their two undefeated seasons sandwiched between mediocre MWC finishes. Also before you all predict a run for the roses next year realize that it is a lot harder when your PAC-12 buddies are now concerned about you since a loss could ruin their run for the roses. So if you are hoping that your run for the roses gets you a nice fat BCS check you had better hope that the BCS keeps the status quo cause they are considering changes that could make you just as irrelevant as your Big Brother B.Y.U. was this year.

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