The news appeared on national websites around the country on Monday, but Miles waited until Wednesday to formally announce the former Oregon offensive coordinator was hired.
"I first want to confirm the fact that we have named Gary Crowton for the offensive coordinator's job," Miles joked.
Crowton replaces Jimbo Fisher, who left LSU last week to assume the same position at Florida State. Crowton most recently served two seasons as offensive coordinator at Oregon under coach Mike Bellotti.
Prior to his stint as OC in Eugene, Crowton spent four seasons as the head coach at BYU (2001-04), two years as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1999-2000) and three seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech (1996-98).
Crowton said he was quite happy to be back in Louisiana after being gone for eight years.
"It's a pleasure for me to be here, and I'm very excited about LSU and working with coach Miles, the staff here and to be back in the great state of Louisiana at the university that's just done so well here that I knew when I was at Louisiana Tech," Crowton said.
While Crowton praised Miles and LSU for the opportunity, he expressed his thanks to Bellotti and the staff at Oregon. He went as far as to say he promised Bellotti he wouldn't return to the state of Oregon and recruit prospects he had targeted as an assistant for the Ducks.
"I left a great program at Oregon. I want to thank them and (Oregon head) coach (Mike) Bellotti was outstanding," Crowton said. "The people were really good to me, but my family and I are really looking forward to getting a look at a lot of good things happening here at LSU. And again, I want to thank coach Miles for giving me this opportunity.
"I was very happy at the University of Oregon. As I mentioned coach Bellotti was good to me. It was a very good program, and they've got a very good team coming back. But this (LSU) is one of the few jobs in the country that I would have left there to come and work at and also coach Miles is one of the few coaches that I would do the same thing for."
Miles admitted Crowton was his choice to replace Fisher and immediately thought of him when Fisher tendered his resignation over a week ago.
Gary Crowton talks with associate ath;etic director Verge Ausberry.
"His background in this state, knowing the high school coaches and having a great reputation in this state will be invaluable," Miles said. "But, more than anything, when you look to hire and add to a staff, you're looking for integrity. You're looking for a quality person, a person of value, and I'm very pleased that my first choice as offensive coordinator has now joined the staff, Gary Crowton."
Crowton is known for his knack for tossing the ball around a great deal. At Louisiana Tech, Crowton groomed future NFL quarterback Tim Rattay and had the Biletnikoff Award winner in Troy Edwards in 1997. Crowton's spread offense put the Bulldogs on the map in the late 1990s.
But Crowton also stressed on Wednesday that while at BYU, he featured the Doak Walker award winner in Luke Staley.
"The thing that you want to do from an offensive standpoint is you want to score points. It's not always about the numbers," Crowton said. "The numbers are a way to judge things, but scoring points is the key for an offensive coach. That's my responsibility. The other coaches will worry about the defense and special teams, but that's the number one thing is scoring points. Taking care of the football is important and using the talent that's at hand. Sometimes there's so much talent that you can't get the ball to everybody."
Crowton expressed his excitement about running LSU's offense with the overwhelming amount of talent returning to the Tigers lineup.
"I'm very excited about the talent here at LSU. I'm excited about the possibility of great talent coming in this recruiting class too," Crowton said. "Locally there are some outstanding players. I've coached some great players from Louisiana when I was at Louisiana Tech, and I'm excited about the few guys in particular that hopefully we're working on here.
"Obviously we can't say what the names are, but I'm excited about those guys. As far as the veterans that are coming back, I know that we're losing some very good players, a couple of receivers (Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis) that are probably first day guys (in the NFL draft), a quarterback obviously that everybody knows about throughout the country who is an outstanding person and leader in (JaMarcus) Russell, and I think it gives the opportunity for new guys to step up."
Whether its run or pass, Crowton said he totally intends on scoring lots of points.
"The thing that you want to do from an offensive standpoint is you want to score points," Crowton said. "It's not always about the numbers. The numbers are a way to judge things, but scoring points is the key for an offensive coach. That's my responsibility. The other coaches will worry about the defense and special teams, but that's the number one thing is scoring points. Taking care of the football is important and using the talent that's at hand. Sometimes there's so much talent that you can't get the ball to everybody."
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