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5 early candidates to replace Randy Edsall as Maryland's head football coach

It's early in the process, but these five candidates could be next in line at Maryland.

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It's over. Randy Edsall is officially out as the Maryland football program's head coach.

In the coming days, much will come out in detail about potential candidates to replace him at the program's helm. Before that happens, here are five of the likeliest candidates to take Edsall's job:

Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles

Kelly has some Under Armour connections, and he's been impressive as a college head coach before. If his tenure with the Eagles continues to go sour – and it's looked very tenuous this season – Kelly might look to come back to the college game, and Maryland could be a landing spot. He'd require a dump truck full of money, however.

Mike Locksley, Maryland

Locksley's been appointed Maryland's interim head coach, and he's wildly popular with recruits. If he can string together a couple of wins in Maryland's last six games, he'll have stated a strong case for himself. With that said, Locksley's offenses don't have a good track record, and he's struggled right alongside Edsall this season.

Matt Rhule, Temple

Rhule is a rising coaching star at another Under Armour school. He's had a lot of success in building up what hasn't been the country's sexiest program, and he's already got some experience in beating Penn State.

Greg Schiano, Unemployed

Schiano is a program-builder, and he's had success building up college football teams in this neck of the woods. He's also looking for a job, and Maryland has been linked to him on and off in the past.

Al Golden, Miami

Golden has struggled to sustain success at Miami, and that means he'll be looking for a job soon. He's been a successful head coach, having shepherded Miami through a tough period of institutional scandal and sanctioning. He's got ties to the area, and Maryland might be looking for someone with experience.

As time goes on, we'll have a more exhaustive list of all Maryland's head coaching options.