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Maryland to hire D.J. Durkin as next head coach

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Maryland to hire D.J. Durkin as next head coach

Maryland is expected to hire Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to be the program’s next head football coach, according to Pete Thamel of SI.com.

Durkin, 37, is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and is in his first season as the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator. Under his watch, Michigan was the sixth-ranked defense in the country in terms of points per game (17.2) and fifth in the country in yards allowed per play (4.2).

Against Maryland this season in College Park, the Wolverines allowed just 105 total yards and shut out the Terrapins.

In coming to Ann Arbor, Durkin reunited with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who he worked for on staff at Stanford from 2007-09. He left Stanford in 2010 to join the staff at Florida, where he eventually became the team’s defensive coordinator.

After the firing of head coach Will Muschamp last season, Durkin served as the interim head coach and led the Gators to a bowl win over East Carolina in the Birmingham bowl.

In a feature story in the New York Times, Durkin was described as a “type-A personality” and someone who “approaches the game the same way Jim [Harbaugh] does.”

At the start of Maryland’s search for a coach, president Wallace Loh noted that Maryland wanted to hire someone with an “outsized personality” to be the program’s next coach.

That personality seems to pay dividends on the recruiting trail. In 2012, Rivals.com named Durkin the Recruiter of the Year for the class he helped to put together at Florida.

Three years later under head coach Jim McElwain, the Gators are 10-2 and set to face Alabama in the SEC title game.

As it currently stands, Michigan's 2016 class is ranked No. 3 in the nation with nine four-star recruits.

Maryland has been in search of a coach since firing Randy Edsall on Oct. 11 after the team's loss to Ohio State. Edsall was replaced by offensive coordinator Mike Locksley on an interim basis to finish the season. 

Under Locksley's watch, the Terrapins were 1-5 -- winning their season finale against Rutgers with the help of a 21-point comeback. It is unclear immediately if Locksley will return to Maryland or in what capacity if he does.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.