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Maryland-Ohio State Preview: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Ohio State Preview: 5 things you need to know

Maryland faces No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, looking to get to pull a major upset at a crucial juncture in the season and possibly in the program’s history.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Randy Edsall’s final game at Maryland?

With reports saying that the dismissal of head coach Randy Edsall is imminent, Saturday’s game vs. Ohio State could be his final game on the sidelines as the coach of the Terrapins.

A statement released by the program affirmed the fact that Edsall would be the coach Saturday, but it did not refute what has been reported and it did not address his future beyond Saturday’s game.

2) Starting Maryland QB still a mystery

Edsall said that a change would likely be made after senior quarterback Caleb Rowe threw three interceptions in last week’s loss to Michigan. Whether it be gamesmanship, a pure need for further evaluation, or both, Edsall has maintained that a starter would not be named until game time on Saturday.

But perhaps we have at least a hint. Junior Perry Hills, who started the first two games of the season before being benched in favor of Rowe, was named a captain for Saturday’s game.

A captain, but not assuredly the starter.

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3) A running back unlike many others

Maryland has faced quality running backs during the early part of the season, but Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott is something else entirely. Elliott has rushed for 100 or more yards in 10 straight games, including when he went over 200 yards in four of those games.

He is a powerful downhill runner who often gains his biggest chunks of yards after first contact is made.

And Maryland is facing him at their most vulnerable time. Two starters in the front seven have gone down with season-ending injuries over the past two weeks and a converted defensive back, Denzel Conyers, will be in the rotation as a backup to fill in.

If they are not careful, 300 yards by Elliott alone could be within reach.

4) Whichever OSU QB, same threat

Whether Maryland sees more of Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett, they’ll have the same issues against the Buckeyes. The Terrapins do not defend the spread offense well and the depth of talent on the Ohio State roster is matched in few places around the country.

Barrett may be more of a threat to run, but Jones can take off if there is open space in front of him. Added to that, Jones it tougher to bring down.

Keep a close eye on the secondary. Cornerback Sean Davis was burned badly against Bowling Green’s spread. The hope is that there is not a repeat of that on Saturday.

5) Staying competitive

This has been the biggest problem for Maryland against big-time schools over the past few seasons. Simple losses to superior teams turn into runaway losses where the team is rarely competitive (2013 Florida State, 2014 Wisconsin, 2015 West Virginia).

There is the same threat vs. Ohio State.

Stalled Maryland offensive drives keep the defense on the field for longer. The Ohio State offense works that defense and scores, then another stalled drive by the Maryland offense puts the defense back out there.

The cycle continues and that is how final scores like 45-6 and 28-0 can happen.

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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

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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.