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Maryland paid $50K to consultant during search for new football coach

Maryland paid $50K to consultant during search for new football coach

The University of Maryland had $50,000 worth of outside help in the search leading to the hiring of head football coach DJ Durkin, according to school documents obtained in a public records request.

The university paid a $50,000 consulting fee to Chuck Neinas, president of Colorado-based Neinas Sports Services, according to a December invoice he sent to the school. Durkin, the former Michigan defensive coordinator, was hired on Dec. 2.

Neinas is a former acting commissioner of the Big 12 Conference who once negotiated television contracts for the now-defunct College Football Association.

For years, Neinas has been a football headhunter familiar with the national coaching...

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