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5 possible Maryland coaching candidates who run offense Terps want

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5 possible Maryland coaching candidates who run offense Terps want

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson made it clear during his press conference on Sunday that he wants the next coach of the Maryland Terrapins to have adapted to modern college football.

He wants a coach who runs a “wide open” offense, with the hope that it is a departure from what was seen in the Edsall era and helps put people in the seats at Byrd Stadium.

“I can tell you that I believe that if we look at football today, the fans want exciting, wide-open offense,” he said, “and I think that part of why we weren’t successful these last six games is that we’re going to open up the offense and there’s things ... that we did yesterday at Ohio State and so I think we’re going to continue and embellish that.”

Here are five possible coaching candidates who fit that mold, based purely on their offensive philosophy:

1) Tom Herman, head coach Houston

Herman was Ohio State’s offensive coordinator during last season’s run to a national championship. He has hit the ground running in his first season as the head coach at Houston. The Cougars rank 4th in the country in points per game (45) and are out to a 5-0 start.

2) Justin Fuente, Memphis head coach

Fuente resurrected the Memphis program after leaving his job as TCU’s offensive coordinator in 2011. The Tigers rank 5th in the nation in points per game (44) and currently sit at 5-0 with a showdown vs. Ole Miss on the schedule next week.

Under Fuente at TCU, the Horned Frogs ran the spread. His quarterback? Andy Dalton.

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3) Dino Babers, Bowling Green head coach

The guy just came in and beat you in your own house earlier this season with an offensive display in the second half that is pretty much exactly what you’re looking for. Under Babers’ guidance, quarterback Matt Johnson diced up Maryland’s defense en route to a 48-27 victory.

Bowling Green ranks 8th in the country in points per game (40.7) and third in total plays per game (89.5) Babers comes from Art Briles’ coaching tree at Baylor. You’ve seen their offense run. It’s a philosophical fit.

4) Scott Frost, Oregon offensive coordinator

The Ducks have been synonymous with offensive innovation has high-tempo play, despite their relative struggles this season. Frost took over as the program’s offensive coordinator in 2013, coaching some guy named Marcus Mariota.

Certainly any system is helped by having a Heisman-caliber quarterback running it, but what was the biggest criticism of Mariota coming out of the draft? That he was a plug-and-play system quarterback who would struggle to adapt to the NFL.

Frost also has (what are now) Big Ten ties. As a player, he quarterbacked Nebraska to the 1997 national championship.

5) Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles head coach

As long of a shot as it is logistically, the least that can be said is Anderson’s philosophical prototype does not exclude Kelly from consideration. In fact, he is the modern embodiment of cool when it comes to college football.

His Oregon teams -- and their offensive scheme -- helped to put the Ducks on the national map.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

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Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.