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Maryland football hires John Reagan as offensive line coach, replaces Butch Jones with Mike Miller

One new coach is officially in, while another has gone back on his plan to join Mike Locksley’s staff and been replaced with an up-and-comer.

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While it’s been over 40 days since Maryland football has officially announced a hire, Wednesday brought another reported addition to Mike Locksley’s staff. Pennsylvania offensive coordinator John Reagan will come over to replace Bryan Stinespring as offensive line coach, as first reported by FootballScoop.

However, that same report and several others have also indicated that Butch Jones is expected to remain at Alabama. Jones was Locksley’s first reported hire, as tight ends coach and associate head coach, but amid all the shakeup on Nick Saban’s staff, he’ll remain in Tuscaloosa. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mike Miller, a former Alabama graduate assistant, will instead serve as the Terps’ tight ends coach.

This continues a busy news day, as the Terps tapped former Eastern Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery as offensive coordinator on Wednesday, while graduate transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts spurned Maryland for Oklahoma.

Reagan had been at Penn since 2015, helping push the Quakers to back-to-back Ivy League titles in 2015 and 2016. He also started as the offensive line coach at Penn before moving to coach the quarterbacks in 2017. Before heading to Penn, Reagan spent the 2014 season as Kansas’ offensive line coach and coordinator, after spending the three prior seasons as the offensive coordinator at Rice. He started with the Owls in 2010 as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach, as well as run game coordinator before taking the reins of the offense.

Reagan worked his way up before he was handed his first offense, and brings over a decade of experience coaching offensive lines. His previous stops also include Albany, Oklahoma State, Army, Akron, Temple, Air Force and Kansas. Reagan has also coached fullbacks, tight ends, defensive linemen and special teams.

Maryland’s offensive line will lose a crop of experienced starters but directly under Reagan will be nine linemen with playing experience and four with starting experience. Three more linemen will be sophomores who spent a season learning the game, and one of Locksley’s six signings during the early period was three-star tackle Mason Lunsford.

During the media lead-up to the Orange Bowl, Locksley, then-Alabama’s offensive coordinator and Maryland’s football head coach, declined to refer to Jones’ hire as a done deal. No pen was put to paper, and Locksley’s hesitancy proved to be for good reason.

It’s not a wholly surprising turn of events after Saban lost Locksley to Maryland and quarterbacks coach and reported OC successor Dan Enos to Miami. Meanwhile, both Saban and Locksley both missed out on co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who was leaving Alabama for Maryland before Jim Harbaugh swooped in at the last moment.

Miller joined Alabama in 2017 as a graduate assistant on the offensive staff, after a season as Charlotte Christian High School’s offensive coordinator and another as a student assistant coach at Clemson. Despite being tapped to coach tight ends, Miller played quarterback for the University of Alabama-Birmingham before injuries ended his playing career. He’d then become a student coach at UAB until the program shut down after 2015, before joining Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson.

Maryland now has six reported hires, with Reagan and Miller joining Montgomery (offensive coordinator), Elijah Brooks (running backs), John Papuchis (linebackers and special teams coordinator), Cory Robinson (defensive backs). The Terps still have four openings for positions coaches and coordinators (five total spots).