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Maryland football hires Colorado State’s Ryan Davis as strength & conditioning coach

Mike Locksley fills another off-field role.

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Maryland football has hired Colorado State’s Ryan Davis as its new strength and conditioning coach.

The Coloradoan was the first to report the news Thursday afternoon. Davis has since announced his move on Twitter. He’s also bringing in Matthew Fyle, who was previously the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Oregon, to the same position at Maryland.

Davis had been the head football strength and conditioning coach for the Rams since Mike Bobo arrived, helping contribute to the Rams’ three straight bowl games from 2015-17. Before coming to Colorado State, Davis spent three years at Samford, serving as the football strength and conditioning coach in 2012 before being promoted to director of strength and conditioning for all athletic programs in 2013.

While he didn’t work on the same staff as new head coach Mike Locksley in any of his previous stints, he worked as an assistant in Alabama’s strength and conditioning program in 2010 and 2011, primarily focusing on the development of quarterbacks and running backs.

Like the offensive and defensive coordinator options, Davis wasn’t Locksley’s first choice. Tennessee director of strength and conditioning Craig Fitzgerald—a Maryland alumnus—was reportedly offered the job in December, but decided to stay in Knoxville.

Davis will replace Rick Court, who was viewed by some as DJ Durkin’s right-hand man in helping promote a “toxic” culture within Maryland football. Court’s various questionable behaviors were detailed in the ESPN report about the program, including throwing weights in the direction of players and forcing an injured player to participate in a tug-of-war against an entire position group. Court reached a settlement with Maryland that was announced on Aug. 14, three days after the ESPN report. Assistant strength coach Mason Beggett replaced Court for the remainder of the season.