Friday, January 6, 2017

Former Virginia head coach, Maryland assistant Mike Locndon reportedly becoming head coach at Howard University

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Associate head Maryland football coach Mike London is the top candidate for the head coaching job at Howard and could be announced as the Bison's new coach soon, sources confirmed to Inside Maryland Sports early Friday.

London, Maryland's defensive line coach, has spent just one season in College Park after joining first-year head coach DJ Durkin's staff in Dec. 2015 following five season as head coach at Virginia. It was expected the 56-year-old London would be in the market for a head coach job this offseason, but it seem surprising to see him move on to the downtrodden Football Championship Subdivision program in nearby Washington; Howard, a MEAC school that lost to Maryland by 39 points this past season, offers minimal exposure and has had one winning season in the past 10 years.

If London leaves, Durkin will be in the market for a new defensive line coach. The Terps ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rush defense and ninth in passing defense during his year as defensive line coach. They did rank third in the conference in sacks, though, despite the new staff inheriting limited talent on the defensive front. From a recruiting standpoint, London, renowned for his ability to draw talent to Virginia, is the primary recruiter for three three-star commitments in Maryland's 29-member 2017 class: Virginia athlete Dazz Newsome, Virginia lineman Tyran Hunt and Baltimore defensive lineman B'Ahmad Miller.


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