From the name he is now referred to, to the way he talked about his team's talent and its coaching staff, here are three takeaways from new Maryland's coach Michael Locksley's introductory press conference.
University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin, who had been suspended since August, has been fired in the wake of the heatstroke death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and two reports commissioned by the board of regents.
A week later, the Terps added another. In doing so, coach DJ Durkin continued to make a mark in local recruiting, continuing the so-called "movement" to get the area's top talent to play in College Park.
The transition from former coach Randy Edsall to interim coach Mike Locksley to Durkin is Maryland's second coaching change in six years. The transition from Ralph Friedgen to Edsall in 2011 was fraught with conflict, with more than 20 players transferring in Edsall's first year.
For Caleb Rowe, Maryland's quarterback position is "definitely an open job." So he and Perry Hills have put in extra film sessions and extra meetings with offensive coordinator Walt Bell in order to get a handle on the Terps' new offense. Both fifth-year seniors are trying to put last season's quarterback struggles behind them and get a fresh start under coach DJ Durkin. But Hills, Rowe and redshirt freshman Gage Shaffer all have work to do to grasp Bell's offense before the season starts in
While Durkin has already started putting his stamp on the program, Maryland¿s on-field transition starts over the next few weeks in practice. So leading into practice, we¿ll preview each of the Terps¿ position groups, starting Wednesday with quarterbacks.
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.
Among a group of four finalists that included the defending national champion (Alabama), the 2014 national champion (Florida State) and a school that recruits as well as either (Mississippi), the Maryland football team came in second for St. John's College (D.C.) star Terrell Hall's letter of intent Wednesday. Never had a runner-up finish seemed at once so insignificant and important.
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. Travon Stott is a cornerback from local power Good Counsel.
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. Archbishop Carroll's Richard Merritt was the first commit after Durkin took over as coach.
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. Record-setting Damascus running back Jake Funk is an early enrollee.
Maryland has agreed to play a home-and-home series with Charlotte in 2022 and 2023, according to a report by FBSchedules.com. The first-ever meeting between the teams is set to be played in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 10, 2022 while the 49ers will make the return trip to College Park almost a year later on Sept. 9, 2023.
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.
A week after Jake Funk had wrapped up one of the most decorated careers in state high school history, the Damascus senior running back and Maryland commit was unwinding and relaxing. College still seemed like it was eight months away.
Defensive end prospect Joey Fisher of Clear Spring decommitted from Maryland on Friday. "Due to staff changes I will be decommitting from The University of Maryland, and will be reopening my recruitment," Fisher wrote on Twitter.
Maryland will hire Arkansas State running backs coach Anthony Tucker to the same position, according to a report from FootballScoop.com. Tucker's Twitter bio was updated to read "Running Backs Coach - University of Maryland" on Tuesday evening.
DeMatha offensive guard Terrance Davis announced his commitment to Maryland during the Under Armour All-America game Saturday afternoon, giving the Terps their second big-time offensive line commit in just more than two weeks.
For South Carroll¿s Brian Plummer, Maryland¿s hiring of DJ Durkin as its coach was like a sigh of relief. The senior, who verbally committed to the Terps in April, had been watching what was happening in College Park closely after former coach Randy Edsall was fired and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over in the interim role for the final six games of the season. He watched the rumor mill churn before Durkin was introduced last week.
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.
It would be difficult not to be charmed by new Maryland football coach DJ Durkin. The 37-year-old former Michigan defensive coordinator is young, energetic, well-spoken and — by some accounts — as competitive as the uber-intense Jim Harbaugh, who he was working for at Michigan when he got the call from Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson. So, he can strike the good first impression off the checklist of important coaching attributes he has brought to Maryland, after Thursday's