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5 possible Maryland coaching candidates who run offense Terps want


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.


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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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.