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Maryland Search: Richt says 'about five' schools reached out

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Maryland Search: Richt says 'about five' schools reached out

Former Georgia head coach Mark Richt has been in contact with a number of schools since it was announced that he would no longer lead the Bulldogs, he said during his weekly radio show on Monday night.

“Yeah, there’s about five today,” Richt said, as transcribed by DawgNation.com, in conjunction with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s kinda crazy. But I’m not sure, again, what I’m gonna do yet. But it’s nice to have opportunities and options.”

Reports on Monday night from Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.com and Scott Greene of Rivals.com said that Maryland had been in contact with Richt and that an interview would soon be in order.

It was initially unclear in the immediate wake of Richt’s parting of ways with Georgia whether or not he would be interested in coaching again, but his comments at a press conference on Monday seemed to indicate that he would in fact be interested in another job.

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“I’ll say this. If and when I do coach again, I’m looking forward to coaching again in terms of being more hands-on,” he said. “I miss coaching quarterbacks. I miss calling plays. I miss that part of it.

“So whether it’s in the role of head coach, coordinator, quarterbacks coach, whatever it is, if in fact I choose to do that I’d be really excited about coaching QBs again and getting in the middle of the offensive strategy and -- not that I wasn’t in it -- I wasn’t calling it and I think I’d be more apt to do that again.”

As has been widely reported, Richt has a connection to Maryland from his time at Georgia. Damon Evans, the former athletic director at Georgia, is Maryland’s associate athletic director. The two worked together in Athens before Evans resigned in 2010.

Richt was 145-51 overall at Georgia, winning two SEC championships and six SEC East titles.

To read more of Richt’s comments from DawgNation.com, click here.

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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.