Utah Utes football: Utes to name offensive coordinator this week, replace Norm Chow

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  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Jan. 31, 2012 10:43 a.m.


    I didn't know you were still around. After we beat you 54-10, you didn't show your face for awhile, and now your beloved Coug basketball team, who you said would walk through the WCC got killed over the weekend. Yes, I know, our basketball team is awful, but at least I and other Utes admit that. You wouldn't even admit that when your team was 1-26.Only Chris B thinks that every UTE are all going to be NFL stars, and that they are the best thing since sliced bread. The Utes do have a lot of starters in the NFL, 3 of which who made the pro bowl team. The Utes have 3 ex players starting for 1 team alone. There are teams out there that dont have 3 players in the NFL. Whit does do a great job judging talent on defense and gets them ready to play at the next level. Will every player he coaches make it to the NFL, no, but he will try to and usually does get the most out of them. This years class is shaping out to be the best recruiting class in our history, but that does not mean that they will all pan out or be NFL players. I would take Whits track record of judging players and coaching them up and getting them to the NFL any day over Bronco. Also, who besides maybe Chris B has ever said every coach that Whit hires is the best hire in history, and will all be stars in the NFL for ever and ever? The Utes have a good staff right now, and that is all that matters to me.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 11:42 p.m.

    @ mussingaround

    None of the Ute fans I know had any Interest in Crowton. Kyle and Gary have known each other for a long time. Gary was interested in getting back to the state of Utah where he has a lot of family. Courtesy interviews happen all the time in all kinds of businesses.

    Gary is a good guy and I wish him the best in the CFL.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 30, 2012 11:41 p.m.


    Utah "fans" were not ready to embrace Crowton. We are ready to trust Whitt as always and most of us figured that would NEVER include GC. BTW, no one knows what kind of "interview" Crowton was given, if any. Crowton was the only one who was talking about it. I'm glad he is safely tucked away in the great white north.

    I can't understand why you are hanging out on big brother's blogs. You should be over on the blew blogs gloating over who bYu offered their final scholarship to (hint: his only other offer was a walk on at Oregon State).

    Go Utes!! Go Crimson!

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Jan. 30, 2012 11:26 p.m.


    Obviously, denial isn't just a river in Egypt. Utah fans were ready to embrace Crowton the moment Whittingham announced his hiring; now they're pretending that they never had any interest in him.

    Tell me, why is Kyle wasting his time conducting "courtesy interviews"???

    Doesn't he have more important things to do?

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    @ CougfaninTx

    Crowton received a courtesy interview from Whit. Nothing more nor less. Crowton never received an offer from the U. Might want to check your sources.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    @ duckhunter

    Your rant shows a total obsession with Utah football.

    Why are you worried? Bronco has assured all Cougar fans he has never lost a recruit to Utah. Relax.......

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Great time to be a Ute.

    I'm excited to see how the recruiting class shapes up. Right now Rivals has 11 schools from the PAC 12 ranked in the top 50 recruiting classes and Utah is right up there. Hopefully a few last minute guys will go Utah's way, if so the Utes could end up with their highest ranked recruiting class ever.

    Oh and I agree with duckboy - I'm sure there will be some future NFL players in the mix. Maybe even some future hall of fame players. The Utes did have 3 former players in the Pro Bowl this weekend. I couldn't find any cougs on the list - the NFL must be "delusional" to not include anyone from the y.

    I'm very interested to see who the next OC is going to be as well. For the record Crowton sent his resume to Kyle and I'm sure if there was an offer extended to him, we would have heard about it. Kyle keeps these decisions pretty close to the vest but there are enough sources around Crowton that something would have come out.

    Just a few more days and all our questions will be answered.

    Go Utes

    Jan. 30, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    The comments about Crowton are too funny. I'm sure he turned down an 'offer' from Utah so he could go to Canada instead. That is really funny.
    I do have one for Ducky - Rivals just announced that Hiva Lutui commited to the U today. He was a de-commit from UCLA and his final 3 choices were Utah, USC, and BYU (he also had offers from a lot of big name schools - Michigan, Iowa, TCU, etc.). Nice addition to our future offensive line.

  • uteBusters Park City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Utah kept they're offer to Crowton secret to avoid being embarrassed when he turned down the Utes for the CFL.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 30, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    K-Whit is obviously waiting until after signing day to announce his new OC so he doesn't frighten off his new QB recruits.

  • parrothead orem, ut
    Jan. 30, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    @ Duckie
    Sounds like someone is a little insecure with what is going on with the Utes. Don't worry, your Skyline High boys Dupaix & Doman will come up with good enough players ( that you will for sure know their families) to beat Idaho & New Mexico State !

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    "Interesting that Crowton declined the position with Utah for the CFL job."


    He didn't have a choice--you can only decline when an offer was made. If that had happened I think even the DNews would have sniffed it out. Unless, of course, you have some late-breaking inside scoop straight from Cougarville, Texas.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    Duckie is still here, putting off his promise not to post on Utah articles for a year.

    I think he cut and paste this latest rant from one of his old posts--when he used to be a y fan--on one of Dick Harmon's many articles from last year that extolled Roscoe, Heaps, Doman, et al.

    When you got it, reuse it, eh Duckie?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 30, 2012 4:07 p.m.

    Interesting that Crowton declined the position with Utah for the CFL job.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    There are many great offensive coordinators out there available. It is simply a matter of executing the plays and reading the defenses. The defense will be solid again and we we have 18 starters returning next year. The passing game was abysmal last year so it won't take much to improve. Our schedule is virtually identical as last year. I expect USU to be good and I expect another win against BYU although it won't be a blowout like last year.

    I just read that Gary Crowton is no longer available. I'm sure Kyle has someone picked out already and is simply negotiating at this point. I'm sure they will be good. They have great talent returning on offense.

  • Drum and Feather Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 3:26 p.m.


    Or maybe Anae? That would hold true to form.

  • 112 Pack Spokane, WA
    Jan. 30, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    @ Uteowl

    No doubt; at least throw out some names. Although, I would rather coach Whit take his time and make the right decision. Seems like it will be a fairly easy offense to run next year though: give the ball to John White IV and watch him run wild.

    Jan. 30, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    drum and feather

    How about Jack Riley


    Dang, Dude you guys think of Bronco the same way and the players and the program. Going for the y's second Idaho state championships this year you've got to think this way.

    Have fun Wednesday and quit throwing your sprite cup on the MC floor,

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    Well whoever it is I can't wait to hear how he is "the greatest ever" or "an up and coming star" or whatever other overhyped stuff you utah "fans" come up with. Afterall, and just like with the recruits, whittingham is the "most awesomest judge of talent ever in football history" and there is just no way he would ever hire a coach, or recruit a kid, that could in anyway be anything other than a "future NFL guy". Based on what utah "fans" have been telling us it won't surprise me one bit when every single player on utah's current roster, and every single recruit they are about to sign, and will sign for the next millenium, and every single coach whittingham hires, will all be in the NFL and not just in the NFL, they will be STARS! STARS!

    But of course despite turning every recruit and coach into NFL HOFers whittingham himself will never leave utah because of the love he has for it. utah is the pinnacle of football, college or pro, and anyone associated with it in anyway is a for sure superstar.

  • dknight68 Ogden, ut
    Jan. 30, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    It must be a slow news day to run a story telling us that Utah is going to hire an offensive coordinator and they will announce it sometime in the future!!

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    It is not Crowton, he just got hired by a CFL team. I would love it to be Sanford, but I think the bridge was burnt between him & Witt. Ver Steig, please no. That guy couldn't come up with a successful short yatage run play to save his life.

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    Jan. 30, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    Awwwww come on Dirk! "Utes to hire offensive coordinator, replace Norm Chow" Really? How 'bout some real news, like a short list names? Or maybe even the name of the person with whom they're negotiating. We're out here starving for red meat already!!!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Gary Crowton!
    That is why the announcement won't come until Wednesday afternoon, after the letters have been signed.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Mike Sanford?

  • Drum and Feather Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    Maybe we can get Craig Ver Steeg back?

    Jan. 29, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    What an exciting week ahead, National Signing Day and announcement of a new OC.