Maryland is expected to hire Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin as the program’s next head coach, according to multiple reports on Tuesday including confirmation from CSN.
Durkin, 37, is heralded as a young and high-level defensive mind and also a skilled recruiter. That checks some major boxes for Maryland, except for the fact that much of the early rhetoric from athletic director Kevin Anderson was that the Terrapins would be looking for a coach who runs a wide-open, modern offensive system.
There seems to be a plan to remedy that. According to a report from Joe Schad of ESPN, Durkin plans to take a page out of Ohio State’s playbook in terms of his offensive plan.
The Ohio State defense was the one that gave Durkin’s Michigan defense fits in last week’s 42-13 Buckeyes victory over the Wolverines. In that game, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards on 30 carries.
Even with the Buckeyes looking out of sync at times offensively this season, they still ranked 24th in the country in yards per play (6.3) and scored at least 38 points in seven of their 12 games.
A lot of what the Buckeyes do is centered around spreading teams out and then having a powerful running back who can carry the offensive load when asked.
By spreading out the defense, they must respect the possibility that wide receivers will be a threat in the passing game, but they must also have enough defenders in the box to defend the run. A mobile quarterback also helps the offense to complicate matters by demanding extra attention in the running game.
Maryland’s offense struggled in 2015, ranking 91st in the country in yards per play (5.1), though it hit its stride more in the second half of the season with more open looks from interim head coach Mike Locksley.
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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."
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.