Which Big Ten School With a New Head Coach Do ESPN Writers Think Improved Most?

Jesse Temple says Maryland:

OK, so I’m taking a flier here on the Terps. But I am basing this pick, in large part, on the hiring of D.J. Durkin as head coach and his assembled staff, which has caused reason for optimism. Durkin’s defensive background can only help Maryland, which surrendered 421.2 yards per game last season and ranked 90th nationally. Durkin, as defensive coordinator at Michigan last season, led a unit that ranked fourth in the same category. Durkin is a fiery competitor, and even at age 38, he has quite a pedigree in college football. He worked under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, Meyer again at Florida and Harbaugh again at Michigan. There’s no question Durkin has a monumental task ahead of him in his first head-coaching job. With Mike London, Pete Lembo and Scott Shafer on staff, Durkin has surrounded himself with head coaching experience. Maryland also went 7-6 in each of the two seasons before its 2015 debacle, so the program isn’t that far off. It has the resources necessary and the right coaching staff in place to succeed.

Link to the article, which also includes two writers who pick other schools.




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