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Three candidates reported for Maryland's open head coaching position, including Matt Canada

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Three candidates reported for Maryland's open head coaching position, including Matt Canada

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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4 ways to build an all-time Terps basketball lineup on a budget

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4 ways to build an all-time Terps basketball lineup on a budget

The offseason is time for fun activities that keep the competitive juices flowing.

In that spirit, our friends at Testudo Times have posed an interesting question about how to go about building a starting five of the best Maryland basketball players of all time, but on a budget.

With 25 players available, five for $5, five for $4, five for $3, five for $2 and five for $1 and a $15 budget, the task is to build the best starting five possible. It's a tall task, though one that can be completed in a number of different ways.

Before taking on the task yourself, some Terps alumni have some thoughts of their own.

There are a couple main themes here. First, this is an incredibly difficult task. Second, Len Bias is a must-include.

With that in mind there are a few ways to go about completing the lineup.

The best

Bias — $5
Juan Dixon — $5
Keith Booth — $1
Steve Francis — $3
Derrick Lewis — $1

This lineup can do just about anything. It can play fast or slow on offense and defense, it can shoot, rebound and play with toughness or finesse. Bias and Dixon are the superstars, Booth and Lewis are much better than their $1 label, and Francis can be the straw that stirs the drink.

The all-dunking lineup

Bias — $5
Steve Francis — $3
Dez Wells — $2
Bruno Fernando — $2
James Gist — $1

There's a mix of power dunkers and finesse dunkers on the squad with $2 left for an underrated dunker in Kevin Huerter.

The all-shooting lineup

Bias — $5
Dixon — $5
Huerter — $2
Lewis — $1
Fernando — $2

Everybody on this squad can score the rock. Huerter and Dixon are great 3-point shooters. Fernando is a near-60 percent shooter from the field. Bias is a staple on any and every team and Lewis was a good enough shooter during his junior and senior seasons to get the nod for the final spot.

The all-value lineup

Bias — $5
Booth — $1
Lewis — $1
Steve Blake — $5
Wilcox — $3

Bias is good value at any price and we've already talked about the value of Lewis and Booth. The lineup needs a point guard, and with a pair of $1 players, Blake makes the most sense, even as the most expensive option. Wilcox rounds out the team thanks to his versatility down low.

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

Anthony Cowan Jr. announced that he will return to Maryland basketball for his senior season after testing the NBA Draft waters.

Cowan, a local product out of St. John's College High School, has started every game at Maryland for the past three seasons. The point guard has led the Terps in scoring and assists the past two years, most recently helping the team to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

His return will be a huge boost to the Terrapins after big-man Bruno Fernando decided to forgo his eligibility for his final two seasons in College Park for the NBA Draft. Including Cowan, the team returns seven of its top eight scorers for the 2019-20 season and will be one of the more experienced squads in the nation.

With Cowan staying at Maryland, NBC Sports' Rob Dauster says that the Terps will be a potential top-five team entering the season.

His decision came hours before Wednesday's NBA draft withdrawal deadline. Earlier on the same day, he worked out for the Sacramento Kings, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus.

While Cowan has shown an impressive ability to lead his team in his three years, he was not a projected pick for the 2019 NBA draft. It's another year for the senior to display his ability, and lead a talented team to national prominence after he only scored 20 points in two NCAA Tournament games last year. 

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