Gary Crowton interviews with Utah

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Less than a month after curiously deciding (or, perhaps it was decided for him) not to return to Maryland as the Terps’ offensive coordinator, opting for a non-coaching administrative role instead, Gary Crowton is back on the coaching radar.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports via a conversation with Crowton that the former coach has interviewed with Kyle Whittingham for Utah’s open OC spot now that Norm Chow has departed to be the head coach at Hawaii.

“I’ve been really impressed with Kyle and what he is doing with the program there,” Crowton said. “He is a great coach and the way they came back to win that bowl game was impressive and a lot of fun to watch.

“It would be an exciting chance for me and I feel like I’d have a lot to offer.”

Crowton had signed a three-year contract with Maryland, but he last just one year — a 2-10 nightmare — and was ultimately replaced by former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley. Just days before the announcement was made he would not return as the Terps’ OC, Crowton said he was interested in the open Colorado State job.

Prior to joining the staff at Maryland, Crowton served as LSU’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2010. He also spent two years as Oregon’s offensive coordinator and was the head coach at Utah’s rival, BYU, from 2001-04.