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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 lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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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.