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Michigan coordinator 'strong candidate' for Maryland job

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Michigan coordinator 'strong candidate' for Maryland job

Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has emerged as a "strong candidate" to become the next head coach at Maryland, according to a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.

Via Forde:

Durkin, 37, met recently with Maryland officials, sources said. No job offer was made, but the interview went well, sources said.

Durkin is in his first season at Michigan after holding the same position at Florida. When head coach Will Muschamp announced he would step down at the end of the 2014 regular season, Durkin coached the Gators to a 28-20 win in the Birmingham Bowl. 

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This season, Michigan ranks second in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.0) and fourth in nation in points allowed per game (14.9).

At the beginning of the search process, athletic director Kevin Anderson stressed that Maryland wanted a coach who ran a modern college offense, which would make the hiring of a defensive-minded coach something of a departure from the initial announcement of characteristics the team was seeking.

Durkin is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and has also coached at Bowling Green and Stanford. Maryland finishes its season on Saturday against Rutgers.

 

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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