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Bombers hire Crowton as new offensive co-ordinator

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have hired Gary Crowton as their new offensive co-ordinator.

Crowton, 54, was recently with the University of Maryland, where he served as the offensive co-ordinator for the 2011 season. Prior to that, the longtime NCAA coach spent four seasons with the Louisiana State University, helping lead the Tigers to a National Championship in 2007.

LSU set 10 school records on offence that season, including points in a season (541), points per game (38.6), touchdowns scored (64), total yards (6,152) and first downs (316). Overall, the Tigers put together a 40-12 record during Crowton’s time as the O.C. at the SEC powerhouse.

"Having known each other since my days coaching at the University of New Hampshire, I was always impressed with him as a person and especially as an offensive innovator. His experiences in the spread offence are very similar to type of offences that are prevalent in the CFL," Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said in a statement.

"He will be a great teacher for our players and his expertise at the NCAA level will be especially valuable for our younger roster."

Crowton has also been an offensive co-ordinator at Oregon (2005-06) and with the NFL’s Chicago Bears (1999-2000), where he ran a spread-style offence — not unlike those used at the CFL. He also has head coaching experience at the college level, having worked as the head guy at Crowton replaces Jamie Barresi, who was let go by the Bombers following the Grey Cup loss to B.C. last November.

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