The search for Maryland’s next football coach is underway. The school has hired a national search firm to help replace DJ Durkin, according to the Washington Post’s Rick Maese.
While athletic director Damon Evans did not comment on the details or the timeline of the coaching search in an interview with Maese Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told Maese that the school is using the Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search. That’s the same firm used by UConn to help find Dan Hurley as its current basketball coach, as well as the firm Oregon, Mississippi State and UCF used to find their next football coach during last year’s coaching carousel.
Maryland previously used search firms to help hire both Evans and Durkin, paying $120,000 to Turnkey in 2018 and $50,000 to Neinas Sports Services in 2015, respectively.
Evans acknowledged that the job is a “unique situation” after everything that’s happened the past five and a half months. The school and the university system’s Board of Regents have faced widespread backlash over the handling of events leading up to and the fallout from Jordan McNair’s death. Evans told Maese it was imperative to find someone who would rebuild confidence in the program.
“We’ve got to find someone who understands our community, our locale,” Evans said, “someone who understands the situation that we’ve just gone through, someone who could help us build back up that public trust, build back that confidence in what we’re trying to do here as a football program with the community.”
Matt Canada has been the interim head coach since Durkin was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 12, leading the team to a 5-5 record with games against No. 10 Ohio State and No. 14 Penn State remaining.
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