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.
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
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.
When Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson introduced DJ Durkin as the university's 36th football coach Thursday, he kept coming back to one thing during his comments: Durkin's pedigree. By now, it's well-known that Durkin coached under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and Stanford and under Urban Meyer at Florida and Bowling Green. He was on the same staffs as current Stanford coach David Shaw and Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who was the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl XLVIII-champion
Things have been quiet in College Park the past couple of weeks regarding the search for fired football coach Randy Edsall's successor. Athletic director Kevin Anderson, whose own legacy with the Terps will certainly be tied to this hire, has declined to discuss who he might be looking at since saying on the day of Edsall's firing that Maryland wanted a coach "to excite the fan base." Many names have surfaced in a variety of media outlets, a few that seem to have validity and others that appear
Most college coaching searches are conducted over weeks, sometimes days. To find a replacement for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, athletic director Kevin Anderson will have a couple of months. In some ways, it might make the search easier, given that Anderson will have a lot more time than he did when he hired Edsall to replace Ralph Friedgen in 2011. In other ways, maneuvering through the process after a midseason firing is "tricky," according to former Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter.
Whether he was coaching his final game at Maryland on Saturday afternoon, Randy Edsall and the Terps turned in an inspired performance in pushing the nation's top team on the road with a hostile sellout crowd in the stands.
During the summer, Ohio State¿s three-way quarterback battle dominated headlines. Who would win the job? Was Braxton Miller going to switch positions? Was Cardale Jones¿ performance in the Big Ten championship game and the College Football Playoff an anomaly? Would J.T. Barrett get reps?
Bill Rabinowitz is the Ohio State football beat writer for the Columbus Dispatch. He's also the author of a book about the Buckeyes' 2014 national championship season titled "The Chase: How Ohio State Captured the First College Football Playoff." With Maryland set to play at the No. 1 Buckeyes for Ohio State's homecoming game Saturday, he was kind enough to answer a few questions to preview the game.
"You look at the discussions and the things that are being talked about nationally, the excitement, it's a 180-degree turn from the conversations that were going on a year ago," Penn State coach and former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin said Thursday.
Isaiah Prince made his plans official during Wednesday's national signing day, announcing his commitment to defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes during a ceremony at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.
After a promising start that saw the Midshipmen take a 1-point lead into the second half before a pro-Buckeye crowd of 57,579 at M&T Bank Stadium, fifth-ranked Ohio State wore down Navy to take a 34-17 win back to Columbus.
It means that the Buckeyes, ranked fifth in the preseason, will have to readjust again going into their season opener Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will start in Miller¿s place.
Ken Niumatalolo recently joked that the more he watches Ohio State on film, ¿the scarier it gets.¿ The seventh-year Navy head coach was serious when he said the Buckeyes have the potential to ¿embarrass us.¿
In the months after the read-option took the NFL by storm, defensive coaches around the league became hell-bent on eradicating it, hoping to make the read-option go the way of the Wildcat and other near-extinct schemes.
In May, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh created a position for Spagnuolo, bringing aboard a coach who was once regarded as a rising coaching star as the architect of the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLII defense. Spagnuolo is now trying to regain that luster.
Despite the loss Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, fourth-round pick John Simon won't need to become a leader for the Ravens right away. But it's clear the Ravens wanted to draft high-character players, and based on Urban Meyer's praise of Simon, it sounds like he fits the bill.
Remember this name: Tyler Palko, if only for a moment. For anyone out there who still yearns for the days of Troy Smith or who still thinks Tyrod Taylor ought to get a shot at quarterbacking the Ravens (Seriously, does anyone still believe that?) let the name Tyler Palko serve as yet another example of what I like to call the gross underestimation of how truly great a quarterback the Ravens have in Joe Flacco.