Maryland interim head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reportedly will not return to the Terrapins' staff, but Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell says the program "will be just fine" without the highly regarded assistant on staff.
From a larger piece written from the Under All-America Game in Orlando:
As for the Terps new head coach D.J. Durkin, most of the top kids in the DMV are now considering Maryland again and a few outside that area as well (Craig-Myers). Even with the loss of local recruiter Mike Locksley, Maryland will be just fine with new hire Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who was a head coach in DC but also made great connections down in the Southeast.
Abdul-Rahim was one of Durkin's first hires, set to coach the defensive backs. After being the head coach at Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), he took a job on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama. A number of Maryland players attended Friendship and more local players, including four-star QB commit Dwayne Haskins, are familiar with him from the DMV football scene.
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That's before mentioning the addition of former Virginia head coach Mike London to coach the defensive line. His ties to the Tidewater region of Virginia helped him bring high-level talent to Charlottesville during his time with the Cavaliers.
Haskins spoke with Farrell earlier this week about Locksley and how his commitment could be affected by his status.
“Me and Coach Locksley have been friends for about two years now, so we really built a strong relationship,” Haskins told Farrell. “I’ve visited multiple times and got to know him as a person, as a football coach, and as a recruiter so I mean I wouldn’t say it hurts Maryland’s chances, but it definitely is different not having him around.”
Read more from Farrell's coverage in Orlando here.
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.