Less than a week after being hired, Maryland offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has left the Terps for a position with an NFL team, the team announced in a release.
His destination is not yet known (Update -- it's the Patriots), but here are some quotes from the release.
"I would like to congratulate Dave on this exciting opportunity for his career," said Edsall. "Dave is a great coach who brings a wealth of experience and will be a valued asset at the next level. We are honored that NFL teams pursue members of our coaching staff as we feel this is a complement to our program. I will immediately begin the search for Dave's replacement in an effort to assemble the best possible coaching staff to lead our student-athletes."
"I was excited about the direction of the Maryland football program and coaching in the Big Ten," said DeGuglielmo. "I was looking forward to working with Randy and couldn't have been more confident in where this program is heading. Because of family issues this is an opportunity that I could not pass up."
This comes as incredibly poor timing for Maryland, who hired DeGuglielmo in part to help bring in five-star offensive line target Damian Prince. Prince is set to decide his college destination February 5, and the Terps will have to scramble to bring in a replacement and try and land the blue-chip recruit, who is considered the best high school player in the state of Maryland.
If the DeGuglielmo hire was any indication, Maryland may look to go through the NFL rout again. The offensive line coach had not been at the college level since 2004, with South Carolina, and was most recently the offensive line coach for the New York Jets.
Via Patrick Stevens, we can see this kind of move is rare, but not unheard of.
Dave DeGuglielmo (OL) joins David Walker (2011 RB) & Kasey Dunn (2008 WR) as recent Terps assistants who left for the NFL before spring ball— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) January 22, 2014