Terps first-year offensive coordinator Gary Crowton said today that he is interested in the Colorado State job "because I played there and at some point I want to be a head coach again" but that his focus is on turning Maryland's fortunes around.
"I am very happy at Maryland. I am looking forward to having a winning season in 2012," Crowton replied to me in a text message.
"I don't think there is much of a story at CSU at this point. My focus is on recruiting and finding ways to make the [Terps] offense more consistent and better," Crowton said.
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Crowton said he was contacted by the Denver Post and asked about the Colorado State job. Crowton told the newspaper he was interested. "I loved it out there," the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Crowton is a former Colorado State quarterback and defensive back who graduated from BYU in 1983. He is a former head coach (BYU, Louisiana Tech) and a football survivor. He won a national championship as LSU's offensive coordinator, popularized a version of the wide-receiver screen as coordinator of the Chicago Bears and was instrumental in bringing longtime friend Chip Kelly to Oregon.
This season, the Terps were 2-10. Quarterbacks Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown split time running the offense, and the receiving corps had a disappointing season and was plagued by drops.
Crowton, whose three-year contract includes a guaranteed $500,000, was hired by Randy Edsall last January.