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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1997
COLLEGE PARK -- The program was mired in losing, and the new football coach ordered up offensive fireworks in 1992. After several seasons of plenty of yardage but few victories, he ditched the passing game in favor of a ball-control offense.It sounds like the growing pains that Maryland experienced in Mark Duffner's five-year tenure, but it's also an accurate description of what Gary Barnett encountered at Northwestern.The results, of course, couldn't have been more different, as Duffner got fired at the end of last season, and Barnett has been linked to seemingly every big coaching vacancy.
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Baltimore Sun staff | June 15, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus, editor Matt Bracken and intern Connor Letourneau (The Diamondback's co-sports editor) weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Are Kevin Plank's feelings about Randy Edsall genuine? Don Markus: It didn't surprise me that the Under Armour CEO told The Sun's Jeff Barker that Maryland fans should be more supportive of the school's embattled football coach . Had he stayed mum, Plank's silence would have been construed by the media as a sign that he wasn't on board anymore -- if he ever had been.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- When Ron Vanderlinden is asked to name the zenith of his football career, he goes to the 1995 season. Going to Pasadena, looking out across a Rose Bowl improbably bathed in purple and then up at the San Gabriel Mountains, who wouldn't want to talk about that?Northwestern's rise in the Big Ten is one of the items on Vanderlinden's resume that led Maryland to put him in charge of a program that has been a bust the past 11 years. As pleasant as it is to reminisce about coaching Cinderella, however, Vanderlinden knows that his philosophy also was shaped by a time in Colorado where players were branded as a bunch of thugs.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
- For new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, returning to Maryland - where he previously served as an assistant to two Terps ' head coaches - feels like renewal. After a trying stint on and off the field as New Mexico's head coach , Locksley hopes to renew his bonds with the parts of the game - the play calling, the interaction with his quarterbacks - that head coaches typically must delegate to others. He hopes to fall in love with the sport all over again. "For me, it's welcome to be back to having a relationship with the quarterbacks and the offense, implementing, installing, calling plays.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1997
COLLEGE PARK -- In eight months as Maryland's football coach, Ron Vanderlinden has changed everything about the Terps that he could, from the carpet under the players' feet to the helmets on their heads.Vanderlinden told his team that it was undisciplined, ordered 75 percent of the returning players to report to 7 a.m. study halls and opened up every position. He asked the academic support unit to do more, and sought an overhaul there. After three disturbing defections during the hiring process, he had to make over his staff before it ever worked a practice.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2001
Former Maryland head football coach Ron Vanderlinden has taken a job at Penn State, this time as linebackers coach. Yesterday, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno announced the hiring of Vanderlinden, who plans to begin work today. "We are delighted to land someone with Ron Vanderlinden's credentials for our defensive coaching staff," Paterno said. "We had great admiration for the job he did with the Northwestern defense during his tenure in Evanston and the progress he made in improving the Maryland situation," he said.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
Maryland is nearing agreement on a contract to hire  former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as its next offensive coordinator, according to to two sources close to the negotiations. Locksley and the school are working out contract details. While the deal is not finalized yet, a press release is anticipated soon -- possibly as soon as Wednesday. Locksley would replace Gary Crowton, who is out after one season as Randy Edsall's top offensive assistant. Crowton is assuming a short-term, non-coaching administrative role.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Maryland has completed a negotiated buyout of defensive coordinator Todd Bradford's contract -- clearing the way for the school to hire a replacement. The Sun reported Dec. 22 that Bradford -- whose defense  ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, surrendering an average of 34.2 points and 457.2 yards per game -- was likely out. The school has now reached a buyout agreement with Bradford. The terms are not yet public. "We appreciate Todd's efforts this past season and wish him well in his future endeavors," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a news release.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1997
ATLANTA -- Ron Vanderlinden wouldn't make any predictions, but LaMont Jordan did.Vanderlinden learned a lot in his inaugural season as the football coach at Maryland, which ended with a 37-18 loss at Georgia Tech yesterday. A sixth straight defeat left the Terps with a 2-9 record, and Vanderlinden with a stark picture of the challenge he faces at College Park."I know exactly where we stand," Vanderlinden said. "We certainly need to be a lot more competitive. We were not a team that went toe to toe with half of the teams on our schedule.
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September 5, 1997
Coach: Ron Vanderlinden (1st season)Last year: 5-6, 3-5 ACCConference: Atlantic Coast ConferenceRadio: WBAL (1090 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM)Stadium: Byrd (48,055)Offense: MultipleDefense: 4-3Top returning players: LB Eric Barton, QB Brian Cummings, OT Daryl Gilliam, DE Eric Hicks, DT Johnnie Hicks, DE Eric Ogbogu, LB Kendall Ogle, TB Buddy Rodgers, TB Brian Underwood.Top newcomers: FS Tony Jackson, TB LaMont Jordan, H-back Matt Kalapinski, K Brian Kopka, WR Doug Patterson, DE Rasheed Simmons (transfer from Michigan)
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2012
New Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien knows it will be important to recruit the Maryland-D.C. corridor. But re-establishing connections he made here as a Maryland assistant is very low on his long list of things to do. By keeping long-time defensive assistant Larry Johnson on staff, O'Brien made sure that Penn State has a strong presence in the area. “I certainly know the sort of talent that comes out of Baltimore and D.C. and all in-between,” O'Brien said this week.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Maryland has completed a negotiated buyout of defensive coordinator Todd Bradford's contract -- clearing the way for the school to hire a replacement. The Sun reported Dec. 22 that Bradford -- whose defense  ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, surrendering an average of 34.2 points and 457.2 yards per game -- was likely out. The school has now reached a buyout agreement with Bradford. The terms are not yet public. "We appreciate Todd's efforts this past season and wish him well in his future endeavors," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a news release.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
Maryland is nearing agreement on a contract to hire  former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as its next offensive coordinator, according to to two sources close to the negotiations. Locksley and the school are working out contract details. While the deal is not finalized yet, a press release is anticipated soon -- possibly as soon as Wednesday. Locksley would replace Gary Crowton, who is out after one season as Randy Edsall's top offensive assistant. Crowton is assuming a short-term, non-coaching administrative role.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
Gary Crowton is out after one disappointing season as Maryland's offensive coordinator, and the school is expected to hire former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as his replacement, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Locksley, dismissed by New Mexico this past season, had a 2-26 win-loss record at the school but is known as an aggressive recruiter. He is a former Maryland assistant and recruiting coordinator and played defensive back for Towson in 1988-1991 before also serving as an assistant there.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
Maryland is still mum on the apparent hiring of Mike Locksley as Randy Edsall's new offensive coordinator. The names I heard Wednesday when word got out that Gary Crowton was the first coaching casualty of Maryland's 2-10 debacle were Locksley as well as former UConn offensive coordinators Joe Moorhead and Norries Wilson, who was recently fired as head coach at Columbia. At least one former Washington high school coach who knows Locksley from his years working for Ron Vanderlinden and Ralph Friedgen at Maryland believes the former New Mexico coach would be a "great fit" despite the troubles he had on and off the field in Albuquerque.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2011
In the dog days of August, Maryland coaches would spend practice after practice working on a player's technique, from where a placekicker plants his foot to where a cornerback moves his eyes. In the dog days of November, the Terps are proving that they are slow learners — as evidenced by what happened in Saturday's 31-10 loss at Wake Forest. Listening to first-year Maryland coach Randy Edsall assess his team's seventh straight defeat and its sixth this season by double digits during his teleconference Sunday, it seemed as if the Terps had lost on a technical knockout.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2004
D'Qwell Jackson, tied for first in the NCAA after one week with two interceptions, was taken to the locker room before halftime yesterday with a hyper-extended left elbow. The linbebacker didn't play in the second half. Jackson, who had nine tackles last week against Northern Illinois and has led the Terps in tackles in eight of the past 14 games, was replaced by freshman Tim Cesa. Jackson led the Terps in tackles last year as a sophomore with 136, and has had nine career games with double-digit tackles.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2011
In the dog days of August, Maryland coaches would spend practice after practice working on a player's technique, from where a placekicker plants his foot to where a cornerback moves his eyes. In the dog days of November, the Terps are proving that they are slow learners — as evidenced by what happened in Saturday's 31-10 loss at Wake Forest. Listening to first-year Maryland coach Randy Edsall assess his team's seventh straight defeat and its sixth this season by double digits during his teleconference Sunday, it seemed as if the Terps had lost on a technical knockout.
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By From Sun staff reports | December 20, 2010
April 4, 1947 Born in Harrison, N.Y. His father,"Big Ralph" Friedgen, had played football with Vince Lombardi at Fordham and was a high school coach. 1966 Friedgen's quarterback play at Harrison High convinces a rival coach, John Nugent, to tell his brother, Maryland head coach Tom Nugent, to recruit Friedgen. Lee Corso, then a Terps assistant and now an ESPN commentator, handled his recruitment. Friedgen switched positions several times while playing for Maryland — going from quarterback to fullback to linebacker to guard — and played for three coaches.
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December 19, 2010
With Maryland officials telling Ralph Friedgen that he won't return as coach in 2011, here are candidates linked to the job from media reports and sources: The primary target Mike Leach Age: 49 Career record: 84-43 as coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2009. Was offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Kentucky and Oklahoma before being named coach at Texas Tech. He went 5-4 in bowl games. Went to a bowl every year, but did not coach in the Alamo Bowl after being fired by Texas Tech.
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