Gary Crowton Interviews With Utah Football, Appears To Be Top OC Candidate

Former BYU coach and Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has interviewed for the vacant Utah offensive coordinator spot.

Former Maryland Terrapins offensive coordinator Gary Crowton interviewed with Utah Utes coach Kyle Whittingham on Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. If hired, he'd replace Norm Chow, who left to take over the Hawai'i Warriors last month, not to mention make his return to the state after coaching the BYU Cougars from 2001 through 2004 (and, you know, being born there).

To the Tribune, Whittingham said:

"I've been really impressed with Kyle and what he is doing with the program there," Crowton said. "He is a great coach and the way they came back to win that bowl game was impressive and a lot of fun to watch."

He added to the Deseret News that there's no particular timetable for such a move. The thoughts of our own Utah blog Block U on the matter:

Block U@BlockU The Crowton thing does have legs. Not sure if he's the leading guy, but he's a leading guy and could very well get the job.

Crowton presided over the No. 67 total offense in 2011, but that was during a mighty turbulent Terps season. His best ranking during his four years with the LSU Tigers was No. 26, but there were a couple bleak ones in there.

For more on the Utes, visit Utah blog Block U.

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