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FOX: Chip Kelly to Maryland 'not going to happen' -- but speculation follows


FOX: Chip Kelly to Maryland 'not going to happen' -- but speculation follows

On a podcast released this week by FOX Sports, college football reporters Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel speculated about the current state of head coach Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles and the possibility of the coach returning to college if the situation sours further in the pros.

As a pure exercise in speculation, Mandel threw out the idea of where Kelly could land if he went back to the college game.

“What would be the most fun situation?” he asked Feldman.

Feldman answered with the following argument, transcribed in full, considering the current situation at Maryland.

“I’ll give you a scenario. It’s not going to happen, but [Under Armour CEO] Kevin Plank says to Chip Kelly, ‘I will give you part of the company if you come take over my program [at Maryland]. I have the most listless head coach right now. We can’t score a point. Just not even that far of a drive. Just drive down I-95, whatever it is. I know [ESPN anchor and Maryland alumnus] Scott Van Pelt will endorse it.’


“That would be, again, the downsides with that -- and I don’t think this part would scare Chip Kelly -- the Maryland job is a tough job. It’s got some good resources around it, you’re in an area where there’s some recruits.

“The problem is, you’re probably the fifth-best football school in the division you’re in. Both Michigan schools, clearly Ohio State, you know, Penn State. Even Penn State coming out of the sanctions it’s still, you know, Maryland’s five in there.”

“[Big Ten commissioner] Jim Delany would be thrilled,” Mandel interjected.

“Oh, I think that would be great,” Feldman replied. “You put him in that division with Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh, and James Franklin? That would trump anything the SEC could do. Now, look, that’s a long shot happening. I heard it. I just conjured it up in the last 10 minutes.”

Mandel threw out other scenarios: USC, Texas, and Notre Dame. 

“All I was throwing out was if Kevin Plank decided, hey, I’m going to give you $10 million a year. It’s not my money," Feldman said. "It’s Kevin’s, so it’s OK.”

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.