PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon offensive coordinator Gary Crowton
is leaving the school after two seasons to take the same job at
ESPN's Joe Schad first reported the hiring on Monday evening.
Crowton said he accepted his new position Monday and expects to
be in Louisiana on Tuesday night. He replaces Jimbo Fisher, who
left LSU to become the offensive coordinator at Florida State.
Crowton said he has a good relationship with LSU head coach Les
Miles and one of his assistants, and is looking forward to
returning to a state where he had success. Crowton was the
offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech in 1995 and the head coach
there for the next three seasons.
"I'm basically going back to the state to work with some guys
that I've known and at the same time in a program that I know is
one of the top programs in the country," Crowton said.
Crowton came to Oregon after spending four years as head coach
at Brigham Young. He installed a spread-option offense that piled
up plenty of points as the Ducks finished 10-2 in 2005.
In 2006, Oregon averaged more than 36 points per game while
starting the season 7-2. The Ducks, however, lost their last four
games and were held to 10 points or fewer in three of them,
including a 38-8 loss to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Crowton said the poor finish wasn't a factor in his decision.
"I felt like we had a lot of first-year starters on our team
and I think they're going to be good next year. I like the team
coming back here at Oregon," he said. "We lost our last four, but
three of those four teams won 10 or more games, so they were good
The Tigers went 11-2 last season and finished No. 3 in the
nation after winning the Sugar Bowl. Crowton said he would have
liked to have worked with star quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who
recently announced he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL
draft, but he also likes the challenge of developing someone new.
"I'm excited about the guys that they have behind him, and the
opportunity to work with a new guy is always fun to me," Crowton
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.