Maryland offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo – whose hiring was announced by the school six days ago – is leaving to accept a job with the New England Patriots, the NFL team announced Wednesday.
The Terps will begin a search immediately to replace DeGuglielmo, who was most recently a New York Jets assistant.
His tenure barely lasted long enough for Wikipedia to update his status, and for local reporters to learn how to spell his name. Maryland had not yet held his introductory meeting with the media.
How would you assess the DeGugliemo era? In a word, I’d characterize it as “truncated.”
Actually, this sort of thing is not uncommon these days. Maryland seemed to understand that it had hired an NFL-caliber assistant who was presented with another job too tempting to resist.
“I would like to congratulate Dave on this exciting opportunity for his career,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a written statement. “Dave is a great coach who brings a wealth of experience and will be a valued asset at the next level. We are honored that NFL teams pursue members of our coaching staff as we feel this is a compliment to our program.”
DeGuglielmo's departure comes before next month's national signing day. Among Maryland's most coveted targets is offensive lineman Damian Prince.
DeGuglielmo was also an assistant with the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. As chronicled by the New York tabloids, DeGugliemo had some minor feuds with the New York media — one was over reporters' access — when he was a Jets assistant.
DeGugliemo, who has a Super Bowl ring from his tenure with the Giants, also spent five seasons (1999-2003) as an assistant at South Carolina.
In a statement released by Maryland today, he said:
“I was excited about the direction of the Maryland football program and coaching in the Big Ten. I was looking forward to working with Randy and couldn’t have been more confident in where this program is heading. Because of family issues this is an opportunity that I could not pass up.”
Maryland will have a new wide receivers coach (Keenan McCardell), a new defensive line coach (Chad Wilt) and a new offensive line coach next season. DeGuglielmo was to replace longtime Maryland assistant Tom Brattan, whose contract was not renewed.