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By Mike Preston | November 8, 1992
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Maryland coach Mark Duffner brought in an Indian on horseback and broke his spear in mockery of a Florida State pre-game tradition in Wednesday's practice. It was supposed to be inspirational.It was -- for Florida State.A tape of the incident was played on all the local stations here Friday night."That's all they talked about," said Terps offensive tackle Steve Ingram. "Carl Simpson [defensive end] said, 'This will teach your coach to break a spear.' "Maryland linebacker Mike Jarmolowich said: "That's all they talked about during the coin toss.
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By John Eisenberg | November 20, 2000
COLLEGE PARK - Unfair? Out of line? No way. Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow's decision to fire Ron Vanderlinden yesterday was utterly fair and reasonable, if a bit shocking and unfortunate. But now comes the hard part for Yow: hiring a replacement. After nearly a decade of losing under Mark Duffner and Vanderlinden, if Yow doesn't hire a star, a name, a proven, winning coach who can inject some life into a wallowing program, she's copping out. If she doesn't bring a Bobby Ross or a Terry Bowden or some coach of that stature to College Park, she might as well de-emphasize football and go to Division I-AA.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | October 24, 1994
Coach Mark Duffner had a difficult time deciding which aspect of Maryland's 42-27 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday night he most enjoyed.Was it the second straight strong performance from Scott Milanovich? The redshirt junior completed 22 of 31 attempts for 302 yards, the most by a Terps quarterback this year, and the fifth four-touchdown game of his career. A month after being benched, he resumed his assault on the career records held by Boomer Esiason, who was in attendance on a bye week for the New York Jets.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1997
Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach Mark Duffner said he has no hard feelings toward the University of Maryland, where he coached for five years before being fired last fall.Duffner, who compiled a 20-35 record with the Terps, will accompany the Bengals to Baltimore for Sunday's game against the Ravens at Memorial Stadium."I've never been one to look back. I just thank them for the opportunity to coach there," said Duffner, 44. "I wish the program nothing but the best of luck. I enjoy coaching where I am right now, in the pros, and there are a lot of similarities to coaching in college."
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Evening Sun Staff | December 31, 1991
Holy Cross' Mark Duffner will almost certainly be named the head football coach at the University of Maryland today, according to Holy Cross athletic director Ron Perry.Duffner, 38, was expected to fly in from Worcester, Mass., yesterday to meet with Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger, Perry said. An official announcement is expected today. Details of Duffner's contract were not available."All indications are that he will accept the job," said Perry. "I'm 99 and 44/100ths percent sure he is going to be named coach."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1995
Maryland made enough strides on and off the football field to earn coach Mark Duffner an extra year of job security.Duffner's original five-year contract runs through 1996, but at the end of last season he negotiated with athletic director Debbie Yow a one-year, non-guaranteed extension through 1997 that would take effect if the Terps' record and academic performance improved.Yow announced last night that Duffner had met the terms for that extension, and that they are having negotiations that could lead to a similar extension through 1998, which would hinge on the Terps' performance in 1996.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Evening Sun Staff | December 12, 1991
Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger has contacted Holy Cross athletic director Ronald Perry about Crusaders football coach Mark Duffner, a candidate for the recently vacated Maryland job, according to officials in the Holy Cross and Maryland athletic departments.The officials said Perry was contacted Tuesday afternoon. Geiger and Perry declined to comment last night, and Duffner was unavailable.Other candidates -- East Carolina's Bill Lewis, William & Mary's Jimmye Laycock, Villanova's Andy Talley, Stanford's Dennis Green and Bowling Green's Gary Blackney -- did not return phone calls yesterday.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | December 14, 1994
The news that Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow is negotiating a contract extension for Mark Duffner is proof that Santa Claus does exist.In three years as the football coach at College Park, Duffner has won nine of 33 games.Of those nine wins, only one (West Virginia this season) was against a team that finished the season with a winning record. The other eight were against teams that averaged fewer than three wins a season. All cream puffs, in other words.Duffner hasn't come close to proving that he can make Maryland into anything more than the dull franchise he inherited from Joe Krivak.
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By Mike Preston | January 14, 1992
New Maryland football coach Mark Duffner named five more assistants yesterday, including University of Washington secondary coach Larry Slade as his defensive coordinator, the highest position held by a black on the Terps staff in the 100-year history of the program, according to Maryland officials.Slade, 40, will become the second black named to Duffner's staff. The other is Peter McCarty, who was named Maryland's outside linebacker coach last week. It also will be the first time in the school's history that two blacks are on the coaching staff.
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By Mike Preston | January 3, 1992
University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger has stressed to newly appointed football coach Mark Duffner the importance of hiring black assistants.Geiger says he emphasized the message to all of the candidates for the job, which was given to Duffner on Tuesday after a three-week search.The lack of blacks on the staff of former coach Joe Krivak was a key issue at the end of the season when Geiger evaluated Krivak and the program. Krivak had one black on his staff during each of his five years as coach.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 12, 1997
COLLEGE PARK -- The freshman class that reported for Maryland football yesterday included the biggest haul from the Baltimore area in six years. Terps followers must hope that this gang of three turns out better than did the class that arrived in 1991.There are 22 players in new coach Ron Vanderlinden's first recruiting class, and all but one have been cleared for freshman eligibility by the NCAA. Vanderlinden declined to name the newcomer whose transcripts are still being reviewed.Of the three locals, Wilde Lake's Tony Jackson would appear to have the best shot at playing time this fall, because he can play cornerback, where the Terps are thin.
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By Paul McMullen | August 11, 1997
COLLEGE PARK -- The improvement in Maryland's defense in recent seasons was reflected in the jobs that Mark Duffner and members of his staff landed after his firing at the conclusion of last season.Duffner is coaching the linebackers for the Cincinnati Bengals. His first full-time coaching position was in that same city 20 years ago, when he was the youngest defensive coordinator in major college football for the University of Cincinnati.The Terps set major-college records for defensive futility in 1993, but made steady improvement in three seasons under defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, who has taken the same post at Fresno State, a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 25, 1997
The University of Maryland athletic department has turned a profit for the third consecutive year, but fell $200,000 short of its goal for the 1997 fiscal year, an athletic department official said yesterday.The official report will be released in mid-July, but associate athletic director Jamie Pollard said the department anticipates a $300,000 profit.The goal of $500,000 was not reached because of a major decline in football ticket sales in addition to paying off the final year of fired football coach Mark Duffner's contract, Pollard said.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1997
It was an engagement on the rocks, but after a trial separation, quarterback Erik Lipton of Arundel and the University of Maryland are tying the knot.Lipton, named All-Metro by both The Sun and the Washington Post and winner of the 35th Annual Annapolis Touchdown Club Rhodes Trophy signifying him as the county's top football player, orally committed to Maryland Monday evening.He will officially sign Feb. 5, the first day of the next national signing period, accepting a football scholarship to play for the Terps.
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By Ken Rosenthal | December 4, 1996
This isn't a Division I-AA gamble like Mark Duffner. This isn't a promotion from within like Joe Krivak.This, ladies and gentlemen, is a big-time hire, and it will be an upset if Ron Vanderlinden isn't Maryland's best football coach since Bobby Ross.Vanderlinden, 40, was the defensive coordinator at Northwestern, a Big Ten team that has gone 19-4 the past two seasons.Before that, he was the recruiting coordinator at Colorado, a Big Eight school that won the national championship."He is one of the great character people in the country and one of the brightest coaches in the game," said one of his former opponents, Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- Less than 24 hours after Mark Duffner and his staff cleared out of Maryland's football complex, Ron Vanderlinden checked out the facilities and Byrd Stadium.Athletic director Debbie Yow said she wasn't going to rush to find a successor for Duffner, the head coach she fired nine days ago, but she was forced to move quickly to hire Vanderlinden, the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Northwestern who helped both the Wildcats and Colorado to national prominence.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | December 24, 1994
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland agreed yesterday to extend the contract of football coach Mark Duffner through the 1997 season, but that extension will hinge on his Terrapins making strides on the field as well as in the classroom next year.The move gives Duffner some security for recruiting purposes but allows the university some flexibility should the team continue to struggle on the field. The Terps finished 4-7 this season after records of 3-8 and 2-9 during Duffner's first two years."I am very excited about the support the extension represents," Duffner said in a statement.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | September 2, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- Mark Duffner doesn't want to talk about it.Debbie Yow doesn't want to talk about it.The topic is Duffner's longevity as football coach at Maryland, and both he and his boss, athletic director Yow, know that the noise and heat generated by the issue will be dictated by the usual factor: wins and losses.Duffner begins the fourth year of his original five-year contract tonight at the Superdome, against Tulane. Pummel the Green Wave like the Terps did a year ago, and the fax machine in Yow's office will be quiet next week.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1996
Five years ago, Jerry Sandusky wasn't ready to leave Penn State for Maryland.He would be now.Sandusky, in his 29th year as an assistant coach at Penn State, verified his interest in the vacant football coaching position at Maryland, which fired Mark Duffner on Monday. Before they hired Duffner in December 1991, the Terps requested an interview with Sandusky, but he decided not to take that step."I put forward a plan a few years ago for Maryland," Sandusky said. "Andy Geiger [then the athletic director]
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By John Eisenberg | November 26, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- Joe Krivak couldn't win at Maryland.Mark Duffner couldn't win at Maryland.Can any football coach win at Maryland?It's getting harder every day.Athletic director Debbie Yow feels otherwise, so she fired Duffner yesterday."
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