Terps coordinator wants "fast-paced" offense

Here are a few notes from the media availability with Maryland football coaches today. I'll have more in a story later, as well as a story on Maryland hoops.

*Gary Crowton, Maryland's new offensive coordinator, said he enjoyed his four years at LSU. But he suggests that it wouldn't be quite fair to assess his offensive philosophy based on his years under head coach Les Miles.

Crowton said today that Miles favored "a more conservative style" than Crowton does. Crowton doesn't question LSU's success, but he said he was ready to move on to another approach.

Crowton said: "My true inner nature (is) I want to be exciting and open and fast-paced."

He said he likes to employ the no-huddle and a lot of shotgun and hopes that at the end of the season his run-pass ratio is about 50-50.

*Head coach Randy Edsall affirned something I've alluded to before in the blog -- that he had Todd Bradford in mind at an early stage to fill the the defensive coordinator vacancy. Maryland promoted Bradford after making an offer to former Miami coach Randy Shannon. Shannon declined, telling Maryland he contractually stood to lose Miami buyout money if he signed on with the Terps,

Maryland wants to erase any impression that Bradford was a last-minute stopgap. Edsall says that's just not the case. "Todd was a guy I had in mind from the get-go. I got a call from a guy that was interested."

In other words, Edsall suggests, the Shannon flirtation resulted from Shannon contacting Maryland, not vice-versa.

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