Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Is Gary Crowton our Urban Meyer?

Where were you on Monday night? I, for one, was on my couch watching one of the most boring BCS bowl games I've ever seen.

And, for someone who was rooting for Ohio State, it was one of the most painful.

LSU, as everyone knows by now, blew out the Buckeyes and became the 2007-2008 NCAA football national champions. Head Coach Les Miles led his team to a national championship, but national critics are quick to point out the contributions of another man: Gary Crowton.

Now if there's one thing I hate it's how Utah claims credit for Urban Meyer's success in Florida. It bothers me to no end how the Utes still keep this connection open between Urban Meyer, an admittedly talented coach, and the school he used as a stepping stone to get to a better situation.

When Meyer won the national championship last year, Utah fans were at their most obnoxious. Well, now we BYU fans are in a similar position. One of our own, Crowton, was an instrumental cog, albeit not the head coach, in this year's national champion LSU.

So how do you, as a BYU fan, feel about it?

Are you happy for Crowton? Is this a good reflection on BYU? Do you claim some part of this success? Do you look at Crowton and say "That man is a BYU man"?

I know there are differences between Meyer and Crowton. For instance, Crowton was fired by BYU's administrators. Meyer left Utah voluntarily when he was courted by the bigger school. As was mentioned earlier, Meyer is a head coach, but Crowton is only the offensive coordinator.

(Incidentally, is an OC job at a BCS school a better job than a head coach at a non-BCS school? Talk amongst yourselves)

Personally, my opinion of Crowton hasn't changed one bit. I see Crowton as a brilliant offensive coordinator. He has a mind for offense. When he has talent around him, he can do some pretty impressive things. We saw it at BYU, Oregon and now LSU.

However, Gary Crowton is not head coach material. Or rather, he is not BYU head coach material. He couldn't handle the unique challenges that are inherant at BYU, and his inability to control his players, rather than his record, was what got him fired here in Provo.

Anyway, I think it's great for Crowton, I'm happy for him, but I still do not forgive him for what he did to our beloved Cougars. The negative impression he left at BYU is only now starting to disappear, and while I'm happy for his success, I completely agree with those who made the decision to fire Crowton in 2004.

7 comments:

Justin said...

I'm happy to read your point of view on this. I was not around for the Crowton era, but have done my share of research to understand where he left the program. I was appalled at the letter in the daily universe that in a way said that he is thankful for what Bronco has done, but somehow if Crowton was around, we would be in a better position. There is no way in hades that we could be anywhere near where we are now without Bronco. Crowton may be a great OC, but he was not a good fit here. I say good for him and good for us. This is a win win situation and anyone that thinks Crowton was the man to take us to national superiority in football needs to re-evaluate their logic.

Bryce, Nancy, & Derek said...

I am a BYU football fan, but I am not as into it as others expect. I am happy for Crowton, but I don't think Cougar fans should be proud of the fact that he was once at our school and "look where he is now!"
That would be pretty hypocritical since mostly everyone I heard just ripped on him while he was here during our bad times. But then again, what do I know?

Anonymous said...

I've always hated "Val-pal" Gary Crowton. If my high school buddy was the AD I'm sure he would have given me a shot at the head coaching job too. They should have given Uncle George the job! But fair enough, he's done just fine in the NFL:

http://www.neworleanssaints.com/Team/Coaches/People/George%20Henshaw.aspx

J. Andrew said...

Listen, BYU fans have no right to be happy for Crowton. He was run out of town on a rail. People here hated him. They didn't embrace him when he was here, why should they be happy for him now? In contrast, Utah fans wanted Uncle Urban to stay more than anything in the world. We embraced him and loved him. Unlike petty BYU fans, we won't hold a grudge that he decided to move up to big time college football. We are happy for his success and enjoyed our time with him while it lasted.

J. Andrew said...

Listen, BYU fans have no right to be happy for Crowton. He was run out of town on a rail. People here hated him. They didn't embrace him when he was here, why should they be happy for him now? In contrast, Utah fans wanted Uncle Urban to stay more than anything in the world. We embraced him and loved him. Unlike petty BYU fans, we won't hold a grudge that he decided to move up to big time college football. We are happy for his success and enjoyed our time with him while it lasted.

Ross said...

Hey J. Andrew, I think the difference is that Urban used your stupid school to get where he wanted to go. That's right... he USED you.

The U was to Urban Myer as a stepping stool is to a boy trying to get the cookies on the top kitchen shelf. Now all that you have left is a lame and battered Ute team that couldn't finish above 3rd place in the MWC if the world depended on it. Urban's move acknowledges that the U is not a prestigious institution. Otherwise, he would have stayed. He figured he'd coach at that dump of yours on the hill until someone came a callin'. So while you were "loving and embracing" him, he was shaking you off the sole of his foot as he bit into that Toll House treat.

In contrast, we BYU fans can be happy for Crowton because we released him from a position he wasn't a fit for--head coach. But we always knew he made a darn good OC.

In sum: Urban didn't like the Utes, I don't like the Utes, and Crowton was a horrible head coach.

On a lighter note: Why did Urban Myer back into someone in a parking lot at the University of Florida?

Because all he could see in his rear-view mirror was the University of Utah.

Anonymous said...

When BYU fans 'released' Gary Crowton, in their opinions he was not a suitable at anything. Head coach, OC or otherwise.

Now that he has proven he is a better OC than BYu could ever hope to court, BYU fans grip tight to the idea that he still isn't Head coach material.

Soon enough they'll have to eat that crow too.

The only 'mistake' Crowton ever made at BYU was standing up for others, regardless of danger it put his job in.