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
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