UPDATED 1/17 @ 10:30 a.m. ET: Maryland has confirmed the hiring of Brian Stewart at defensive coordinator.
“I’m excited to join Randy’s staff,” Stewart said. “I admired what he did at UConn and saw the beginning of that transformation while I was at Syracuse. We’ve taken similar career paths as secondary coaches and then coordinators. It will be an exciting new challenge implementing our defense in the ACC, a very competitive league and one of the traditional BCS conferences.”
In his own statement, Randy Edsall said:
“I’m very pleased to have Brian come on board. He is a proven defensive coordinator at both the collegiate and professional level. All of his experience will help us move forward as we look for him to implement his aggressive style. He will also be a great addition to our recruiting efforts.”
New Houston coach Tony Levine will be in the market for a new defensive coordinator if Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart‘s report turns out to be true.
Dienhart reports today that Houston defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has accepted the same job with Maryland under coach Randy Edsall, joining former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as the other coordinator spot to be filled with the Terrapins. A deal hasn’t been inked, but the Washington Post reports that the deal is close to being finalized barring unforeseen circumstances.
Stewart was the DC for the Cougars for the past two seasons under new Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and previously a defensive special assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles and the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys (2007-08).
Stewart would replace Todd Bradford, who was bought out of his contract for an undisclosed amount with the Terps after just one season.