By Kent Larsen
Speculation On Edwards Successor Shifts From Reid To Crowton
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Philadelphia newspapers speculated for weeks on
the possibility that Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid would become
the replacement for BYU legend LaVell Edwards before Reid denied the
possibility and put the rumors to rest. Now Chicago newspapers are
speculating that Crowton is on the top of BYU's list. But unlike
Reid, Crowton has admitted talking to BYU about the job.
BYU's athletic director and lifelong Crowton friend Val Hale and vice
president of advancement Fred Skousen started interviewing candidates
for the position recently, meeting with Alabama quarterbacks coach
Charlie Stubbs on November 5th and interviewing BYU's current
offensive coordinator, Lance Reynolds, and defensive coordinator, Ken
Schmidt, the previous week. But Schmidt admitted to the Chicago
Sun-Times that Crowton was at the top of BYU's list of candidates.
"If they can get Gary Crowton, he'd be their guy. We all know that,"
said Schmidt to the Salt Lake Tribune.
But getting Crowton isn't that easy. He initially told the newspapers
that he would wait until the end of the Chicago Bear's NFL season, at
the earliest December 25th, before he would be interviewed for the
job. But BYU wants to make a decision before the end of its season,
November 24th, in order to minimize problems with recruiting for the
Fall 2001 season.
But this past week, Crowton admitted that he had talked with BYU
officials on the phone about the job. Crowton says that he has simply
been told about the job; he has not been interviewed yet. But the
rumors went so far that news media in Utah claimed Crowton would be
selected. But both Crowton and BYU deny that he has even been offered
the job yet.
However, Crowton also says that he will seriously consider the job.
"I will consider the job. It's my home state and my family is there.
By no means have I accepted it right now. I'm not sure what I will
do." But Crowton also said he doesn't feel BYU's urgency to fill the
position, "It's up to them. I don't feel any pressure right now. They
called me and talked to me about the job. They just told me I was one
of the candidates."
As the Crow flies?
Chicago IL Daily Southtown 16Nov00 S2
By Kelly Quain: Staff Writer
Bears Crowton in talks with BYU