Les Miles is staying in Baton Rouge… but who’s staying with him?
A WWL.com report kicked off Rumorfest 2011 today when it quoted Glen Guilbeau of Gannett Louisiana (we usually say The Shreveport Times) as saying, “I’m telling you that Gary Crowton is not going to be the offensive coordinator at LSU next season.” Guilbeau also supposedly said, “He and Les have had a parting of the ways and Gary is looking for another job.”
Guilbeau reports for The Shreveport Times that “coaches contacted at the American Football Coaches Association convention” have confirmed to him that Crowton is seeking a new job.
But Crowton texted Randy Rosetta of The Baton Rouge Advocate and said that he has “not been fired.” He added, “I’m still a Tiger and plan on being one next year.”
Maybe. But he’s also interviewed with Randy Edsall about becoming the offensive coordinator at Maryland. Which might be news to Miles.
Miles said during his most recent press conference that he thought Crowton had “checked into some opportunities” because “several coaches have asked to visit with him, but Maryland is not one of them.”
Miles would not give details regarding potential changes on his staff. “I’m not ready to say that there won’t be some changes on the staff. I don’t know that I necessarily am going to be the factor there as opposed to other great opportunities so we’ll have to see how that goes.”
Sounds like Miles wants Crowton to find something else so he won’t have to fire him. Indeed, Guilbeau told WWL.com that Miles “never publicly fires a coach.”
Crowton has had a very long, very successful career as an offensive coordinator and quarterback guru. Check his resume and you’ll likely come to the conclusion that this year’s offensive woes were caused by the Tigers’ QBs and not the QB coach. It’s conceivable Crowton coaxed as much out of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee as was possible.
Meanwhile, longtime LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt is staying in Baton Rouge despite interest from Tennessee. Moffitt is a Tennessee native and served on UT’s strength staff from 1994 through 1997.
He has been at LSU for 11 years. He declined comment regarding Derek Dooley’s pursuit of him. Dooley and Moffitt both served at LSU under Nick Saban in the early 2000s.
Tennessee is looking to replace strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie who left Knoxville for the same job at Texas last week.