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Maryland president invokes Chip Kelly when talking salaries

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Maryland president invokes Chip Kelly when talking salaries

During an interview with the Baltimore Sun, released on Monday, Maryland president Wallace Loh addressed the issue of competitive coaching salaries as part of a larger discussion about the new football head coaching vacancy at his university.

In his response, he invoked the name of Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

“We will have to pay a competitive rate. I don’t know what competitive is,” he said. “I mean, [Michigan coach Jim] Harbaugh and [Ohio State coach] Urban [Meyer] make $7 million a year. Chip Kelly, who is not doing all that well with the Philadelphia Eagles, made far, far less than that at Oregon.”

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It was all part of a larger point that coaching salaries have exploded in recent years, even in the time Kelly has gone from Oregon to Philadelphia. He cited recent court decisions about new revenue streams for athletes as a force that may slow that rapid coaching salary growth.

Why does it matter? It’s a university official naming the hottest coaching name in the game right now at a time when the dust has barely settled on this past weekend’s firing.

In the wake of that, possibilities seem endless and options seem countless. Now limiting those options right now is part of the public discussion right now.

Loh invoked Oregon a second time, earlier in the interview, in trying to pinpoint exactly where his school falls on the spectrum of job attractiveness.

“This is not going into a school with an established reputation like Michigan and Ohio State,” he said. “But the potential for growth, the potential of this being another Oregon, assuming that’s the direction we all go.”

Watch his full interview with the Sun here.

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Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill transfers to Tennessee

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Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill transfers to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has transferred to Tennessee.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Zach Stipe confirmed Thursday that the Volunteers have added Hill as a walk-on. Hill won't play this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

247Sports first reported Tennessee had added Hill, who has torn ligaments in each of his knees during his college career.

Hill started Maryland's first 10 games as a redshirt freshman last year before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had torn the ACL in his right knee during Maryland's third game in 2017.

He completed 53.4 percent of his career passes at Maryland for 1,313 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Hill also ran for 45 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.

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Maryland loses depth quarterback and former starter to injury for several weeks

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Maryland loses depth quarterback and former starter to injury for several weeks

Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager suffered a lower-body stress fracture that is expected to keep him out for eight weeks, head coach Mike Locksley told reporters Saturday.

It is a tough blow for the redshirt junior who has started in nine games in three years during his career with the Terps, and it further cements him behind the top quarterbacks vying for the starting job.

Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson still remains the frontrunner to be named starter competing against Tyrrell Pigrome. That leaves Bortenschlager likely competing just to stay third on the depth chart.

Losing a third-string quarterback for eight weeks is not a major blow for most programs. Maryland, however, is not most programs. The Terps seem to lose quarterbacks the way most people lose socks in the laundry.

In the past five years, Maryland has had seven different quarterbacks throw at least 45 passes in a season.

The loss of Bortenschlager may just be a depth loss...for now. But will that injury loom large into the season?

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