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Why one 'wish list candidate' won't come to Maryland

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Why one 'wish list candidate' won't come to Maryland

If you’re a college football program with an open coaching position, looking for a young coach with ties to a major program there might not be a hotter name than Houston’s Tom Herman.

After helping to guide Ohio State to the 2015 national title as the team’s offensive coordinator, the 40-year-old Herman took the head coaching job at Houston and has the Cougars ranked in the Top 25 and off to a 5-0 start in his first season.

And they’re doing all of that while scoring 45 points per game, good for fourth in the nation.

Maryland has a head coaching vacancy, of course. But according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, during an interview with ESPN 980 on Thursday, Herman to College Park is a long shot.

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“I think Tom Herman knows if not this year, next year I’m going to have some really, really good options and I don’t think he’s going to look and go Maryland,” he said.

“As much as there’s good on the table, I think you’d also look at it and go, ‘Well, you’re always going to be probably the fifth-best football power in that division.’ You already got the two Michigan schools, you’ve got Ohio State, and you’ve got Penn State.”

Feldman is right. If he finishes strong at Houston and has another strong year next season, he can have the pick of his jobs after the 2016 season. Who knows what will open up?

For as many resources as Maryland has and the amount of money they might be willing to dish out, the point about the Big Ten East rings true. If you struggle because of uncontrollable circumstances at your first big job, that sets you on a tough path for the remainder of your career.

There is no need for Herman to rush and job offers won’t dry up for him if this trajectory continues. So perhaps College Park won’t move the needle for Herman this season.

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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.

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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.”