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Texas WR decommits from Maryland after staff change

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Texas WR decommits from Maryland after staff change

Two-star Texas wide receiver Evan Fairs has decommitted from Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

"After discussing with my family and coaches I am officially decommitting from the University of Maryland to reopen my recruitment process," he wrote. "I appreciate all the Maryland coaches and fans for making me feel welcome but I'm going to weigh my options and determine my future on signing day."

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New Maryland head coach DJ Durkin recently hired former Virginia assistant Chris Beatty to take over as the program's wide receivers coach. Fairs had been recruited by former NFL All-Pro Keenan McCardell, Maryland's wide receivers coach under Randy Edsall, which helps to explain the move.

McCardell has strong ties to the Houston area. Fairs' high school is located 45 minutes outside of Houston.

Fairs is listed at 6-3, 182 pounds. He reportedly recently picked up offers from Kansas and Illinois.

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Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago

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Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago

BALTIMORE -- Anthony Cowan scored 17 points and No. 23 Maryland overcame a sluggish start to beat Loyola of Chicago 55-41 on Saturday.

Cowan became the 55th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone with a free throw in the first half. He has 1,010 for his career. Aaron Wiggins added 10 points for the Terrapins (8-2).

Cameron Krutwig scored 12 points for the short-handed Ramblers (5-5), who have lost four of five.

Maryland won despite getting modest contributions from its imposing frontcourt. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith each picked up two fouls in the first half, and the pair combined for two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes as the Terps carried a 24-20 lead into halftime.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Fernando, who was averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds coming into the game, finished with eight points and five rebounds. The 6-10 Smith had one point and three rebounds in his first college game in his hometown.

Cowan and Fernando scored on Maryland's first two possessions of the second half, and Cowan added a 3-pointer to make it 31-22 with 17:03 to go. Loyola never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

The game was the second half of a doubleheader in the Charm City Classic. Morgan State defeated Towson 74-69 in the opener.

BIG PICTURE

Loyola of Chicago: The Ramblers dressed only eight scholarship players because guards Bruno Skokna and Lucas Williamson remain out with injuries. Loyola has lost both of its games against power conference teams this season (Boston College and Maryland).

Maryland: Two days after sputtering down the stretch in a loss at Purdue, the Terps needed time for their offense to emerge from the doldrums. Maryland improved to 3-0 under coach Mark Turgeon in games played in Baltimore.

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Loyola of Chicago enters a week-long exam break and won't play until Dec. 16, when it entertains Norfolk State.

Maryland hosts Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday in the teams' first meeting since 2003.

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Maryland hires Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as head coach

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Maryland hires Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as head coach

Maryland's search for a new head football coach has come to an end, as the school announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley Tuesday.

Stadium's Brett McMurphy was first to report the Locksley hiring

The 2018 Broyles Award winner for the nation's top assistant coach, Locksley has spent the last three seasons on Nick Saban's staff. Locksley was a member of Maryland's offensive staff from 1997-2002, returning to the Terrapins in 2012 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He took over as Maryland's interim coach for the last six games of the 2015 season before departing for Alabama. 

“I am thrilled to be returning home and to have the opportunity to lead the Maryland Football program,” Locksley said in a Maryland press release. “This has always been a special place for me and my family, and I am honored to take on this role at the state’s flagship institution. Our goal is to create an atmosphere and environment focused on the total development of our student-athletes. Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through their association with our program."

Locksley's record as a head coach is far from impressive: he compiled a 2-26 mark while at New Mexico from 2009-11, and only won one of those final six games as the interim coach for the Terps in 2015. But Locksley has a good reputation as an offensive tactician and recruiter.

“As we narrowed the search for the individual best suited to lead our program, Michael not only stood out for his talent as a coach, but most importantly for the role he has played as a mentor to student-athletes throughout his career and his deep commitment to helping them grow into leaders on and off the field,” Maryland athletic director Damon Evans said in the university's release.

“On the field, Michael orchestrated one of the country’s most prolific offenses at the University of Alabama and has long been regarded for his recruiting prowess. Today he was recognized as the nation’s top assistant coach in the country, and I’m excited for him to be leading our program.”