Summarized by Kent Larsen
BYU Working on Edwards Replacement, Eagles' Reid Declines Interview
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Although BYU Athletic Director Val Hale's says
that the school is concentrating on the current football season, he has also
contacted several candidates and asked them to interview to replace retiring
BYU football coach LaVell Edwards. But one of the possible candidates, the
Philadelphia Eagles' Andy Reid, while acknowledging that BYU had contacted
him, says he wasn't interviewed.
Reid told the Philadelphia Daily News, "They did contact me," and then
added, "They did not interview me." The Daily News says that he turned down
the interview, preferring to stay in the NFL. But the Daily News did raise
the possibility that Reid would change his mind, and while he didn't
outright deny the possibility, he did say, "I don't think so, I think Gary's
[Crowton] going to take the job." Reid is in the 2nd year of a five-year
contract with the Eagles, and apparently wants the challenge of turning
around the team, which, during the last three years, has won the fewest
games of any NFL team.
Meanwhile, Hale told the Salt Lake Tribune that none of the overtures have
progressed very far. "There has not been any formal discussion with any
candidate," he said. "When I say 'formal discussion,' that doesn't mean I
may have not called them and talked to them."
The Tribune makes clear that Hale has an affinity for Crowton. "I have known
Gary Crowton for almost 30 years," he said. "Every year he comes, and we
talk about the BYU job -- since he first got into coaching. If that type of
conversation amounts to formal talks then, yeah, we've talked about it.
We've talked about it many, many times, going back to the mid-80s."
In addition to Reid and Crowton, frequently mentioned candidates include
Alabama assistant Charlie Stubbs, California Coach Tom Holmoe and the
Cougars assistants Ken Schmidt and Lance Reynolds. Stubbs expressed strong
interest in the job immediately after Edwards, and the Salt Lake Tribune
says that he has already been interviewed for the position.
Reid sits on decliner
Philadelphia PA Daily News 30Aug00 S2
By Marcus Hayes: Daily News Sports Writer
Says Crowton will replace Edwards at BYU
Crowton, Reid Head BYU's List
Salt Lake Tribune 30Aug00 S2
By Dick Rosetta: Salt Lake Tribune