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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 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. 

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