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Reports: Terps football assistant Greg Gattuso hired as Albany's head coach

Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso will be hired as the next head coach at Albany, according to multiple media reports.

Gattuso, 51, was the head coach at Duquesne for 12 years before going to Pittsburgh as an assistant for six seasons and then joining Randy Edsall’s staff three years ago.

A Maryland athletic department spokesman referred all questions regarding Gattuso to Albany. An athletic department spokeswoman there did not return multiple messages left by The Baltimore Sun.

Gattuso was instrumental in the Terps' strong defensive line play, first with Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis last season and then this year with Andre Monroe, Quinton Jefferson and Darius Kilgo.

He also was responsible for bringing in a couple of highly touted recruits.

The Washington Post reported that Gattuso’s contract, which was worth $200,000 a year plus bonuses, was due to expire Dec. 31. CoachingSearch.com first reported that Gattusso will be named Albany's coach.

A potential candidate to replace Gattuso might be former Maryland head coach Ron Vanderlinden, who was fired a few days ago after spending the past 14 years at Penn State as a linebackers coach.

Vanderlinden’s name came up when former defensive coordinator Todd Bradford left the team after coach Randy Edsall’s first season, in 2011, but Vanderlinden told The Baltimore Sun he was "not a candidate nor am I interested in returning to Maryland as the defensive coordinator."

Well respected as a defensive coach, Vanderlinden is also known as a top-notch recruiter and is generally credited with bringing many of the players that successor Ralph Friedgen coached to three straight 10-win seasons.

Albany, a Football Championship Subdvision team, is coming off a 1-11 season, including a winless record in the Colonial Athletic Association. Longtime coach Bob Ford retired in November after a 44-year career helming the Great Danes.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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