Maryland is interested in Luke Fickell for their head-coaching vacancy, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com.
Zenitz reported on Tuesday, Nov. 27, that Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley "is considered one of the early favorites" to replace D.J. Durkin as Maryland head coach. He also noted that, in addition to Locksley, a former Maryland assistant (1997-2002, 2012-15), the Terrapins are interested in Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell.
Fickell is 14-10 in two seasons at Cincinnati, including 10-2 this year entering the Bearcats' bowl game. He's one win away from tying the program record for most wins by a second-year head coach and the second-highest win total in program history. A Columbus, Ohio, native who played at Ohio State, the 45-year-old Fickell spent 16 of the first 18 years of his coaching career with the Buckeyes, most recently as defensive coordinator. He was also interim head coach in 2011.
Maryland put D.J. Durkin on administrative leave before the season as the school investigated the death of Jordan McNair and allegations into a "toxic" culture. He was reinstated in late October but fired the day. During his absence, Matt Canada led Maryland to a 5-7 record and was rumored to be a potential candidate for the permanent position, though that remains unclear.