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Report: Successful CAA coach could be in mix for Maryland job

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Report: Successful CAA coach could be in mix for Maryland job

James Madison head coach Everett Withers could be in the mix to be the head coach at Maryland, according to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY

Withers has spent the last two seasons at JMU, amassing an overall record of 16-6. He came to Harrisonburg after two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State. As Wolken points out, those connections to the Big Ten could be a benefit.

Prior to that, he spent 2008-11 at North Carolina. He was the program's defensive coordinator until he was promoted to replace fired head coach Butch Davis, who was relieved of his duties amidst allegations of academic improprietes and agent-involved violations at the school.

Withers went 7-6 as the program's head coach, but his contract was not extended after the season. Would that familiarity with ACC country also help?

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There are some questions about his candidacy though, based on some things that athletic director Kevin Anderson and school president Wallace Loh have said about the position.

- OFFENSE THEY WANT?

Anderson has said he wants a coach who runs an exciting brand of new-age college offense. James Madison currently ranks fourth in the FCS in rushing with 309 yards per game on the ground. By contrast, they rank near the middle of the pack -- 19th of 50 FCS schools -- in passing yards per game.

- OFFENSIVE VS. DEFENSIVE GUY?

At Withers' other stops, he has been a defensive coordinator. Former head coach Randy Edsall was a defensive-minded coach, coming from a defensive lineage prior to being a head coach at Connecticut. Would Maryland go that route again? 

- BIG NAME? 

Put to the side a nuts and bolts evaluation of whether or not Withers would be the right hire or a good hire.

There is no denying that Anderson also has to worry about optics of the hire. After having the first football coach he hired end up being unable to take the program to the next level he desired, Maryland may need to make a splash.

Do they need a rejuvenation and a shot in the arm? Up against a brutal Big Ten East that includes Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State, would hiring a CAA coach inspire the type of confidence on the outside that the program needs in terms of financial support and donations? That would be a major question.

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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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