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January 16, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Changes at Oregon

This has been an interesting off-season at Oregon in the aftermath of the Ducks getting smashed by BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, which closely followed the news that the school’s athletic director, Bill Moos, was retiring.
There was talk that coach Mike Bellotti might decide to succeed Moos and hold both jobs at once, but he has since decided to remain as coach only.
That job got tougher last night when it was learned that his offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton, is leaving Oregon for LSU. Here’s a story from the Register-Guard which seems to make it evident that Bellotti was caught off guard as he had no comment when told Crowton had confirmed it to the paper.
Oregon made a lot of changes to its offense the past two years, which Crowton helped implement, going to the spread, ala what Utah and Florida run. But it hasn’t worked as well for the Ducks, despite Oregon’s success against UW the past two seasons, so it’ll be interesting to see if Bellotti keeps it or goes another direction now.
Also worth remembering is that Crowton was a candidate for UW’s offensive coordinator job when Tyrone Willingham first took over. Crowton apparently was offered the job but decided on Oregon, saying in part he was lured by a more afforable lifestyle in Eugene.
The Huskies then hired Tim Lappano.
And it looks as if one of Bellotti’s former offensive coordinators at Oregon, Jeff Tedford, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon as it’s being reported today that he has agreed to an extension to stay at Cal through 2013.
Everybody’s always assumed Tedford would be a short-timer there. But suddenly he has the third-longest tenure in the conference behind only Bellotti and Pete Carroll.

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