Reports: Crowton out, Locksley in as Maryland offensive coordinator

December 14, 2011 | WNST Staff

With a plethora of players leaving the program, it now appears Maryland will make a significant change to its coaching staff with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton reportedly departing after one season on the job under head coach Randy Edsall.

The Maryland offensive attack was erratic throughout an abysmal 2-10 campaign in which it finished 89th in scoring offense and 68th in total offense as former ACC Freshman of the Year Danny O’Brien struggled adjusting to Crowton’s version of the spread offense.

Crowton had two years remaining on his contract and had expressed interest in the vacant Colorado State job last week before it was filled by Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain. He had previously served as a head coach at Brigham Young and Louisiana Tech and won a national title as offensive coordinator with LSU.

Maryland’s replacement at offensive coordinator may come in former New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley, who is in line to take the job, according to Locksley previously served as a Terps assistant from 1997 to 2002, coaching the running backs and serving as a recruiting coordinator.

Locksley was fired from his job at New Mexico in September after accumulating a disastrous 2-26 record in three seasons as coach of the Lobos.