Monday, April 04, 2005

Who's on First?

Maryland may only be losing two players this off season but the bench will look quite different than it did this season. Dave Dickerson accepted the head coach position at Tulane last week. Dickerson was considered for a number of head coaching vacancies last season. Dickerson spent nine years under Gary Williams and was a former player and team captain at Maryland. If Dickerson can elevate Tulane into a NCAA contender he will be the favorite to replace Williams when he retires. The entire assistant coaching staff now consists of Keith Booth. At least one of the hires will be an experienced coach, let's hope not the kind that are the "former head coaches trying to redeem themselves" variety. Obviously the hiring of Mike Lonergan, who is on his way to Vermont, was a mistake for Maryland. It was obvious that Lonergan had no intention of staying at Maryland for any period of time and was merely using it as a stepping stone from Division III. He often complained about the demands of the job to the media and was rumored to spend time recruiting players far more likely to end up at Vermont than in College Park.

Football Update

For some reason the staff feels that Gerrick McPhearson can start in the place of All-ACC corner back Domonique Foxworth. McPhearson is a speedy CB but anyone who saw him struggle in the West Virginia and Clemson games should know that he is better suited to be a nickel back. Generously listed at 5-10, McPhearson cannot cover big wideouts and gets manhandled in jump ball situations. If he is not beaten out by Kevin Barnes or Richard Taylor Maryland fans should get used to some big plays in the passing game.

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