The University of Maryland, for once, is going to take their time and make a careful decision about who will be the new head coach of their football team.
There are reportedly three candidates that have emerged in the eyes of Maryland Athletics and will be interviewed for the position. Those candidates include the Terrapins' 2018 interim head coach Matt Canada, Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and Michigan quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton according to Emily Giambalvo of the Washington Post.
All three of these options for Maryland have a history with the Terps. None of them though have the big-name draw that many were expecting to fill for this vacant position inside one of the biggest recruiting bases in the country.
It was also reported by Giambalvo that Maryland will make a decision on the open position next week. It was noted that there might be more candidates emerge in the future as well.
Leading the Terrapins to a 5-7 record and on the cusp of bowl contention, Canada did an admirable and better-than-expected job guiding the program through perhaps its most tumultuous season in school history. One potential holdback on Canada being elevated to the permanent role is his lack of head coaching experience at the collegiate level. Combined with his journeyman career, not many Maryland faithful are fully supporting keeping him on. The 46-year-old has made stops at seven different programs in eight years.
Locksley should be a familiar name and, aside from Canada, was our top prediction to fill into the open spot. A former interim coach of the Terps himself, Locksley was elevated to the interim tag after the school let go of Randy Edsall in 2015. Locksley finished that year with a 1-5 record.
Two times Locksley found himself on the Terps staff, first from 1997-2002 and then 2012-2015. There was a stint for the 48-year-old as the head coach at New Mexico. In three years from 2009-2012 he coached the team to a 2-26 record. Since 2016, Locksley has served as an offensive analyst and coordinator for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Hamilton was considered for the same head coaching position back in 2015, before the hiring of D.J. Durkin. Hamilton, like Canada, has never been a head coach, but has already made high-profile and successful stops at Stanford and Michigan and with the Indianapolis Colts.
The position has been vacant since Durkin was fired back on Oct. 31. Canada was hired by Durkin as an assistant back in January of this year and despite his integral role in the team this season he may not be back next season.
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