Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton is interested in the head coaching vacancy at Colorado State, the Denver Post reported Friday.
Crowton, the former head coach at Brigham Young, just completed his first season in College Park. He’s also worked as an offensive coordinator at Oregon and Louisiana State since leaving Brigham Young.
“I’ve contacted the school,” Crowton told the Post. “I’ve not heard back from them. I’m sure they’re putting together a committee and I think they’ve hired a company and they’re looking at candidates. I’m just hoping to get in there so they give me a chance.”
Crowton oversaw a Maryland offense that struggled along with the rest of the team on the way to a 2-10 record. Maryland rotated quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien throughout the middle of the season, never achieving any consistency or establishing much of an identity along the way.
The Terps quietly had a decent running game, ranking 44th nationally and third in the ACC in rushing offense. But the passing game struggled mightily; the Terps are ranked 111th nationally in passing efficiency.
Crowton’s thoughts on Maryland’s difficulties are unknown since Maryland coach Randy Edsall does not allow his assistants to speak with the media during the season. Crowton last spoke to beat writers during the team’s media day in August.
He is 47-36 in his head coaching career, with a 21-13 mark during a three-year stint at Louisiana Tech (1996-98) and a 26-23 record at Brigham Young between 2001 and 2004. He joined Maryland’s staff in January, reuniting with Edsall; the two were assistants at Boston College from 1991-93.
Crowton’s contract specifies he can “accept an offer of employment as the head coach at another NCAA institution or as a coach in the National Football League” without financial penalty so long as it comes after the end of the 2011 season. Crowton signed a three-year deal at Maryland that guarantees him $500,000 annually, plus modest car and phone allowances.
Colorado State fired Steve Fairchild on Sunday after a 16-33 run over the last four years, including three straight 3-9 seasons. The Rams were one of the most consistent teams in the Western Athletic Conference and later in the Mountain West under Sonny Lubick in the 1990s and early 2000s, but have just one winning season (7-6 in Fairchild’s debut in 2008) and two bowl appearances (2005 and 2008) in the last eight years.