I remember his first game at BYU (Tulane) like it was yesterday. 72 points.
Eleven wins in a row and then that debacle in Hawaii and *poof* it was all
downhill after that. I loved the man; I don't think I ever
wanted a coach to succeed more. It will be interesting to see what
the post-Mendenhall era will look like. My guess is he'll be around for
another four years or so and then do as he promised ... retire.
This should be a great season. Especially with Ammon Olsen back in the mix.
Can't wait to make the playoffs again.
dustman"Gary Crowton is good for one or two seasons, but then he
fizzles out."That's always been Crowton's MO.He had a great 1st year at BYU until Luke Staley blew out his knee.He did well in his first season or two at Oregon and LSU, but, as you said, he
quickly faded.It seems that he's good at surprising opposing
defensive coaches, until they have time to adjust, then Crowton's offenses
bog down.Crowton's biggest problem at BYU, however, was his
lack of discipline in recruiting kids who simply weren't prepared to abide
by BYU's strict standards.
Gary Crowton is good for one or two seasons, but then he fizzles out. I think he
can do some good things in SUU for a one or two seasons, then it seems like he
becomes a liability.
I take a lot of heat for this from others, but I'd rather have G.C. as OC
I think Crowton is a very talented and imaginative play caller. Whenever eh
comes into a place he takes the talent which is already there and does great
things with them. He doesn't, however, see to be able to develop talent
once he's there. It seems like the longer he's at a place, the worse
it gets. Let the guy dream up and design plays and let somebody else work
through the skills and player development.
Gary Crowton is a class individual whom I respect much. He's fair,
doesn't swear (to my knowledge), and embraces goodness. Incredible
football mind, he's more than football. I wish you nothing but success and
peace, Coach. And thanks, Mr. Harmon, for a nice article!
The Maryland experience that Coach Crowton dealt with is a shame. But it is well
known in this part of the country that Edsall and Maryland are a terrible
program filled with negativity. I admire Crowton for walking away.
have a great season coach!
I totally agree and ditto the words of TRUD, Salt Lake, Utah, as posted
It makes one wonder why we, at BYU, can’t develop the talent of 5 star
quarterbacks and coaches of Crowton’s ability. It seems like we do our
best with 0-3 star players and coaches and haven’t learn how to deal with
the 4-5 star players and coaches.
Photos links aren't accessible. At least not on Safari. Great article
Ute fan. Always liked him. Best of luck, coach.
It is wonderful to see such a positive story about one of the really good guys
in football. Coach Gary Crowton gave up many more lucrative offers to join BYU
and then passed on additional more lucrative offers to stay at BYU after winning
his first 12 games in his first season at BYU. At Oregon he set in motion the
Ducks offense and at LSU he was an essential part of the national championship.
But more importantly, in his last years at BYU, despite the onslaught of
negative comments by the so called BYU fans, he never once gave excuses, took
full responsibility, and never uttered a single negative word about the
institution, the administration, the fans or the media. Despite what those of us
who know and love Coach Crowton thought of his mistreatment, he always took the
high road and encouraged us to do the same. If good things really come to good
people his future at SUU should be bright. GO T BIRDS
I'm happy for him and hope SUU does well. Maybe I'll take the family
and go watch a game this year.
I wish he were the offensive coordinator at BYU so we could have an offense.