Terps OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo leaving for the NFL after less than a week

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Update: It’s the New England Patriots, whose old offensive line coach has retired, the team announced Wednesday evening.

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Six days ago, the Maryland football team announced the hirings of three assistant coaches. By Wednesday afternoon, one of them had already been poached away.

Dave DeGuglielmo’s tenure as the Terrapins’ offensive line coach lasted less than a week,  as the team announced that he had accepted a position on an unnamed NFL staff, returning to the professional ranks where he had spent the past nine seasons.

“I would like to congratulate Dave on this exciting opportunity for his career,” Coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “Dave is a great coach who brings a wealth of experience and will be a valued asset at the next level. We are honored that NFL teams pursue members of our coaching staff as we feel this is a compliment to our program. I will immediately begin the search for Dave’s replacement in an effort to assemble the best possible coaching staff to lead our student-athletes.”

In the news release, DeGuglielmo cited “family issues” and “an opportunity that I could not pass up.”

“I was excited about the direction of the Maryland football program and coaching in the Big Ten,” he said. “I was looking forward to working with Randy and couldn’t have been more confident in where this program is heading.”

DeGuglielmo, like fellow new hires Keenan McCardell and Chad Wilt, had spent the past week meeting recruits just after the NCAA-mandated dead period ended. They were all formally introduced last Thursday during a teleconference with Edsall. DeGuglielmo had been fired by the New York Jets this season and hadn’t coached in college since 1999.

Maryland deferred to the NFL team that hired DeGugliemo, but the announcement indicates that the hiring is official and will be announced this week.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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