Maryland Football: Luke Fickell Of Cincinnati Drawing Interest

The Maryland football team is looking for a new head coach following the firing of D.J. Durkin in the aftermath of an investigation into the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

One of the leading candidates for the job is Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, but since he will likely be occupied late into the College Football Playoff, the Terrapins need to look elsewhere. There is also the fact that Locksley has created some doubt from his time at New Mexico.

Locksley also was previously the offensive coordinator at Maryland.

So while it makes sense that Locksley will be the “front-runner” for the job, there is also another candidate who should be taken seriously who currently leads the Cincinnati Bearcats.

From Matt Zenitz of al.com:

Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a former Maryland assistant, is considered one of the early favorites to land the Maryland head coach job, sources told AL.com. It’s still early in the process, though, and Maryland officials also have an interest in some other coaches such as Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, according to sources.

Fickell has led the Bearcats to an impressive 10-2 record this season after taking over the squad when it was just 4-8 under Tommy Tuberville.

The Bearcats are currently waiting to learn their bowl game matchup.