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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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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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