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Report: Dungy, Mack Brown 'have popped up' in Maryland coaching search


Report: Dungy, Mack Brown 'have popped up' in Maryland coaching search

The names of former Texas coach Mack Brown and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy "have popped up" in Maryland's search for the next head of the university's football program, according to a report from Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

Those two were among a long list of candidates laid out by Thamel who, he says, the university has reached out to. He does note that it is unclear whether Brown and Dungy, along with television analyst Herm Edwards, were reached in an advisory capacity or as candidates for the job. 

He does say, though, that athletic director Kevin Anderson "can claim the award for talking to the most candidates" in the search. 

Among the other names cited by Thamel are ones we have often heard in connection to the job, including Bowling Green's Dino Babers -- who came to College Park in Week 2 and beat the Terrapins -- as well as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator and former Terrapins quarterback Frank Reich, as well as former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. 

Read Thamel's full piece here, which includes more analysis and possible candidates.

Mike Locksley has served as the program's interim head coach since the firing of Randy Edsall in October. It is unlikely that he will be hired as the full-time coach, though, as the Terrapins head into Saturday's season finale against Rutgers 0-5 under his guidance. 

That does not mean he would not stay with the program in some capacity, though. Much of the local talent deciding to play at Maryland is a result of Locksley's prowess as a recruiter, an area within which he is one of the best in the nation.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.