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Crowton leaving LSU for Maryland

LSU's offense will have some new leadership next season, as Gary Crowton has accepted an offer to be Maryland's offensive coordinator.

Crowton talked with LSU coach Les Miles on Thursday morning, but told The Baton Rouge Advocate that he wasn't fired. Either way, it was obvious that Miles was looking to make some changes on offense. The Tigers finished 11th in the SEC this season in total offense and were last in 2009.

Miles had been consistently evasive about whether or not there would be any staff changes, so the reality is that this probably worked out best for both sides.

The priority for Miles in selecting the Tigers' next offensive coordinator is bringing in somebody who can help jump-start the passing game, and in particular, can develop a quarterback.

Zach Mettenberger, who started his career at Georgia before being dismissed, is expected to battle Jordan Jefferson for the starting job in the spring.