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By Kent Larsen

Crowton Will Be Named BYU Coach Today

PROVO, UTAH -- The Deseret News predicted yesterday that Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Gary Crowton will be named BYU's next head coach at a news conference later today. BYU officials confirmed the report "We're hopeful about it. Things look good," said BYU's sports information director Jeff Reynolds. "At this point, it might be just a matter of formality."

The news reports indicate that Crowton will fly to Provo today on a private jet, brought by his friend and BYU athletic director Val Hale. "This trip should put an end to the search," said BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle.

According to the Deseret News article, Crowton has accepted BYU's job offer, pending resolution of some contract details. He is expected to discuss moving expenses, academic support for players and the budget for the football office when he arrives later today, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Tittle said, "He will have the opportunity to talk to the search committee. We hope this will put us close to having our search concluded."

Among the normal requirements for BYU to hire faculty is approval of the Board of Directors, which includes members of the LDS Church's First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, and an interview with an LDS general authority. The Deseret News indicates that these steps have already been taken care of.

Crowton is an LDS Church member who was head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1996 to 1998, when he was recruited into the NFL. At Louisiana Tech he gained a reputation for a high-powered passing offense. But his work with the NFL's Bears has not gone as well, with the Bears earning a 3-10 record so far this year.


Cougars ready to hire Bears' Crowton
USA Today (AP) 6Dec00 S2
By Tim Korte: Associated Press


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