Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Wizard Rules New Orleans

They call him the Wizard, because he is the man behind the curtain.

During the first half of the BCS National Championship LSU Offensive Coordinator Gary Crowton (right) had the Ohio State brain trust on the run and pulling their hair out. Crowton used every formation from the Pistol to the Spread to the Full House and at each turn the vaunted Ohio State defense did not have an answer for the master planner.

The thing that makes Crowton so good as a play caller is that he is fearless and will try anything. That showed at every turn during the title game.

Crowton should be up for any job that opens up, but a tough end to his head coaching tenure at BYU has turned people off to him. Before coming to LSU, Crowton lead the offense of the Oregon Ducks. When The Mad Hatter Les Miles went looking for someone to replace Jimbo Fisher, who left to become the offensive coordinator at FSU last year, he went to Eugene and talked him to coming to Baton Rouge. Some people questioned the hire but in the end it was one of the best things that Miles did and the rest as they say is history. May be soon, another school will give him another head coaching job.

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