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.