Days after one of his former assistants returned as the team's new offensive coordinator, Vanderlinden wrote to The Baltimore Sun in an email this morning, "I am not a candidate nor am I interested in returning to Maryland as the defensive coordinator. Hopefully, that will clear things up."
Contrary to some reports, Vanderlinden said he hasn't been contacted by Maryland.
Vanderlinden, who had a 15-29 record as head coach of the Terps from 1997 through 2000, had been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Todd Bradford, who is expected to lose his job as Maryland's defensive coordinator after one season. The Terps fell from 39th to 108th in defense this season.
Vanderlinden is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Penn State. Vanderlinden has been in State College, Pa., since leaving Maryland. He was promoted when defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was named interim head coach in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky that cost legendary coach Joe Paterno his job.
Mike Locksley, a former assistant under Vanderlinden and Ralph Friedgen, was hired this week by coach Randy Edsall as the team's new offensive coordinator.