On the recruiting trail, DJ Durkin knows exactly what he and his staff are looking for. At his national signing day news conference, the Maryland coach laid out the four things he looked for in his class, which featured some local standouts, along with a distinct influx of Florida talent.
Eighteen months after the University of Maryland's jump to the Big Ten, the conference's television network is eagerly trying to make Terps fans feel more at home in their sprawling new neighborhood — an Illinois-based league with deep Midwestern roots.
On a December morning exactly two months earlier, DJ Durkin stood at a podium in Gossett Football Team House and energetically laid out his plan for the future of Maryland football. When he returned to the podium on national signing day, his energy and enthusiasm had not waned, even though there were slight bags under his eyes when announcing his 2016 recruiting class.
Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. Here's top-shelf offensive guard Terrance Davis of DeMatha.
Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. Punter Wade Lees is another Australian kicker making the transition to American football.
Durkin's first recruiting class hasn't been easy to assemble. He took over less than two months before National Signing Day and inherited a class in which the future of some recruits was tied to former Maryland interim coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley's status. It didn't help that Meyer plucked two of Maryland's top verbal commitments and prominent local stars in quarterback Dwayne Haskins and outside linebacker Keandre Jones last month. Durkin, though, has kept his recruiting
Whether Maryland's hard-fought 74-68 victory at Xfinity Center actually proved anything, of course, remains to be seen, considering that the No. 8 Terps have delivered seeming statement performances before and failed to follow up on them ¿ at least in a manner befitting a potential Final Four team.
Maryland continued its recruiting foray into Florida on Tuesday evening when three-star cornerback Antwaine Richardson of Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Fla., announced his intent to enroll early with the Terps on Twitter.
Walt Bell got his first offensive coordinator job at Arkansas State at age 29. He'll be 32 when Maryland kicks off against Howard at Maryland Stadium on Sept. 3 in his first game as the Terps offensive coordinator. And soon enough, some who have coached him think he'll be leading his own program.
Maryland coach DJ Durkin finalized his coaching staff last week with the hiring of offensive line coach Dave Borbely. In the process of hiring nine assistants, Durkin combined elements of experience and youth, along with recruiting prowess and coaching talent. It¿s an impressive staff on paper.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak didn¿t cause a stir when he took his seat at the back of press row an hour before tip-off Tuesday night at Xfinity Center. It was Kupchak¿s first trip back to the Maryland campus since his days as a Washington Bullet playing summer pickup games at Cole Field House. Yet Kupchak¿s presence for No. 7 Maryland¿s matchup against Northwestern was an indication of his interest in at least one of the game¿s participants. Considering how little Maryland freshman Diamond Stone was on the floor for Maryland¿s 62-56 overtime win -- a total of 15 minutes -- Kupchak might have to come back.
Scott Shafer seemed at ease as he sat in Maryland's Gossett Team House on Tuesday and fielded questions about his past stints as a coach, his present job as the Terps' defensive coordinator and the future of his unit, one that struggled at times during a 3-9 season in 2015.
When he was an assistant at Michigan, Florida and Stanford, DJ Durkin was thinking about the opportunity he could eventually get to become a head coach at a major program and what he would do when that time came. So over the years, when he met another coach he was impressed by, he'd make a note of it.
Breaking the game open midway through the first half, Maryland went up by 18 points at halftime and by as many as 44 in the second half en route to a 100-65 victory. It was the first time the Terps scored 100 in a game since Dec. 5, 2012, and the biggest margin of victory in league play under coach Mark Turgeon.
College basketball teams, particularly those ranked as high as No. 3 Maryland, are usually motivated by losses. Going into Saturday¿s home game against Ohio State (12-6, 4-1 Big Ten), the Terps will be thinking about two defeats ¿ the 70-67 loss at Michigan on Tuesday and an 80-56 loss to the Buckeyes last season in Columbus, Ohio.
Though discounted by many at the time, a season-ending knee injury suffered by Maryland sophomore guard Dion Wiley shortly before the opening game worried coach Mark Turgeon in terms of the team's development. That concern about guard depth was legitimized during a 70-67 loss for the No. 3 Terps on Tuesday at Michigan.
The Alabama players were still frolicking in the confetti at University of Phoenix Stadium late Monday evening, fresh off their fourth national title since 2009 after a 45-40 win over Clemson. So it was pretty early to start thinking about next year ¿ Maryland¿s scheduled season opener against Howard is 234 days away on Sept. 3 ¿ but ESPN has got us covered with its ¿way-too-early 2016 Big Ten power rankings.¿
A 3-point shot from 25 feet straightaway by Trimble with Zak Showalter flying in his face gave the Terps a 63-60 win -- and their second straight Big Ten road victory. Maryland (15-1, 4-0) had led by as many as eight points with a little over 1 1/2 minutes left before two missed 3-pointers by Trimble and two missed one-and-ones opened the door for the Badgers.
Maryland routed Rutgers 88-63 on Wednesday. It could have been worse if Mark Turgeon -- whose first three years at Maryland saw the Terps take similar poundings on a regular basis and even had three blowout road defeats during the first half of the Big Ten season a year ago -- had not substituted freely and rested his starters early. The move was not lost on Eddie Jordan.
Maryland cornerback Will Likely continued to garner postseason accolades Tuesday when he was named to the Associated Press All-Big Ten team as a first-team all-purpose player and a second-team cornerback.
After less than a week on the job, Maryland coach DJ Durkin has moved swiftly with working to fill out parts of his coaching staff. A former defensive coordinator at Michigan and Florida, Durkin is regarded as a top, young defensive mind, and he¿s already made additions on the defensive side of the ball that are expected to fit his vision for Maryland in Scott Shafer (defensive coordinator), Mike London (defensive line) and Aazaar Abdul-Rahim (defensive backs).
Maryland ranked 35th nationally in assistant coach salaries, according to data released by USA Today on Wednesday. The Terps paid their assistants $2,783,060 in 2015, which also ranked seventh in the Big Ten Conference. Offensive coordinator-turned-interim coach Mike Locksley ranked No. 14 nationally with $891,940, which made him the highest-paid assistant in the conference, edging out new Maryland coach DJ Durkin and Tim Drevno, who made $880,000 as assistants at Michigan.
Court has worked with the Bulldogs for the past two years and coordinated the strength and conditioning programs for all of Mississippi State's varsity sports. He previously spent 2012 and 2013 at Ohio State as the associate director of strength and conditioning for football.