Maryland has reached out to a "bunch of big names" who have had "no interest" in the vacant job in College Park, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.
The Terrapins fired head coach Randy Edsall after the team's loss to Ohio State in October, seemingly giving themselves a head start on the coaching search. The problem was, a number of other programs subsequently had opens, from Southern California to South Carolina to Missouri to Miami to Virginia Tech.
More are expected once the season ends.
Increased competition not only drives up the price of potential coaches, but pushes Maryland down the list of jobs on the desirability scale. That makes the search more difficult.
Maryland has been floated in connection to a number of names, including Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, and former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
A report Wednesday called Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin a “strong candidate” for the job.
At the start of the search, athletic director Kevin Anderson and president Wallace Loh set out a series of characteristics they seek in the next coach -- including someone who runs an exciting, modern brand of offense and someone with an “outsize personality” to lead the team.
Maryland final regular season game under interim head coach Mike Locksley is Saturday against Rutgers.