By Kent Larsen
Edwards Replacement May Be Named This Week
LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS -- Gary Crowton, widely considered the top
candidate to replace retired BYU head football coach LaVell Edwards, will fly
to Provo Wednesday to discuss the job with BYU officials, and BYU expects to
name a replacement this week.
"The only thing that we know is that I think we will have a
conclusion to the story relatively soon. BYU clearly wants to get an answer,"
said Chicago Bears head coach Dick Jauron, Crowton's boss at the Bears. "They
need to meet face-to-face, which indicates they're at a point where they want
a decision. It also indicates that he's probably one of the top
candidates, if not the top candidate, for the job."
BYU Associate Athletic Director Duff Tittle indicated that the school
apparently will not meet with anyone else this week. "Not that
I'm aware of. Not somebody coming from out of state. Maybe some internal
Speculation about Crowton as a potential candidate started soon after
Edwards announced that he would retire, and increased after
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid refused to meet with BYU over the job,
basically indicating he wasn't interested.
Like all the candidates considered, Crowton is an LDS Church member.
He is also a friend of BYU Athletic Director Val Hale, which some speculate
has given him an advantange. Other candidates considered include Alabama
quarterbacks coach Charlie Stubbs, Tennessee Titans assistant coach
George Henshaw, BYU offensive coordinator Lance Reynolds and defensive
coordinator Ken Schmidt, among others.
Crowton To Meet With BYU Officials
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