Maryland is poised to enter the 2012 season with two new coordinators because Todd Bradford is not expected to return as defensive coordinator, according to multiple individuals close to the program.
Penn State’s co-defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden, the former Maryland coach from 1997 to 2000, would be an expected front-runner for the position, but no deal has been completed, the individuals said.
Vanderlinden amassed a 15-29 record in his tenure as Maryland’s head coach. He was promoted to co-defensive coordinator at Penn State in November in the wake of the school’s child sex abuse scandal.
Randy Shannon, the former Miami head coach who was in the mix to Maryland’s coordinator job last year, could also be a candidate. Edsall pursued Shannon last year, but it did not work out.
Maryland formally announced Thursday the hiring of Mike Locksley, the school’s former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator who will replace Gary Crowton as offensive coordinator.
Bradford served as defensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi before being named a linebackers coach at Maryland last winter following the arrival of Coach Randy Edsall. But the sudden departure of coordinator Don Brown, who left for the same position at Connecticut, prompted the promotion of Bradford to coordinator.
Bradford presided over a defense this past season that was decimated by injuries. The Terrapins, who finished 2-10 overall, ranked 110th in rushing defense, 108th in total defense and 103rd in scoring defense.