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Ex-Maryland OL coach Dave Borbely hired in same job by Pitt

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Once again, Pat Narduzzi has a full and complete coaching staff.

Pitt announced in a press release Monday that Dave Borbely has been hired as Narduzzi’s latest offensive line coach. Borbely replaces John Peterson, who spent three years overseeing the Panthers’ line before parting ways with the program last month.

Borbely comes to Pittsburgh from Maryland, where he spent the past two seasons. The 37-year coaching veteran spent his first season with the Terrapins as line coach, then served as the special assistant to head coach D.J. Durkin the second.

Borbely also has a professional tie to Narduzzi’s staff as he worked with offensive coordinator Shawn Watson when the two were at Louisville together from 2011-13. He also coached the Cardinals’ line in 2010 as well.

“After a long and detailed search, I’m really thrilled to welcome Dave Borbely as our new offensive line coach,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “We could not have hired a more experienced or qualified coach to continue our growth on the offensive front. Dave is an outstanding teacher who knows how to develop players.

“He owns a long relationship with our offensive coordinator, Shawn Watson, which will be a major strength for our coaches and players alike. Dave has a great football mind and will be a huge asset in our game planning throughout the season.”

In addition to his time at Maryland and Louisville, Borbely has also been the line coach at Virginia (2015, 2006-09), Colorado (2002-05), Notre Dame (1998-2001), Stanford (1995-97), Tulane (1992-94) and Rice (1986-88).

“I want to thank Coach Narduzzi and the Pitt staff for this opportunity,” Borbely said. “To have the chance to coach at an institution with such rich history like Pitt is a huge honor for me. Also, to have the opportunity to coach where Joe Moore started his great legacy as the best in the business is very humbling. I’m greatly looking forward to getting started.”

Maryland QB Caleb Henderson gives up playing career, will remain with team

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At this time last year, it looked like Caleb Henderson was in line to win the quarterback battle for D.J. Durkin‘s second Maryland team. A 6-foot-3 signal-caller from Burke, Va., Henderson signed with North Carolina out of high school but transferred to Maryland ahead of the 2016 season, meaning he would become eligible in 2017.

But he broke his foot in spring practice and then injured his elbow during the season, and is now hanging it up.

Henderson appeared in two games as a Terp, throwing one incomplete pass.

He will remain on with the program, but his exact role has not been determined.

Maryland adds pair of assistants, including one from Rutgers

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In filling two holes on his coaching staff, DJ Durkin turned to another Big Ten program for one of his new assistants.

Confirming reports from earlier in the day, Maryland announced that Jafar Williams (pictured, catching pass) and Dave Bucar have joined Durkin’s Terrapins football coaching staff. The former will handle running backs, while Bucar will serve as tight ends coach.

The Williams hiring amounts to a homecoming as he played his college football for the Terps and graduated from the university in 2003.  Williams played wide receiver from 2000-03 and ranks Top 20 all-time at the school in both career receptions (90) and career receiving yards (1,301). He averaged 20.07 yards per catch in 2002, which is still the third-most in the program’s history.

The past two seasons, Williams was the wide receivers coach at Big Ten East rival Rutgers.  Prior to his time at RU, Williams was the running backs coach at Purdue (2013-15) and Kent State (2012).

Bucar spent the 2017 season at LSU.  The Tigers’ offensive coordinator that season?  Matt Canada, who moved into the same job with the Terrapins after a very public divorce from the Tigers.  This will mark Bucar’s first on-field job at this level of football.

“I’m excited to welcome Jafar and Dave to our program,” said Durkin in a statement. “Jafar is a Terp and has a real passion for Maryland. He’s done an outstanding job developing players at each of his coaching stops. Dave has worked with Coach Canada at both LSU and Pitt. He has a strong football mind and our players will benefit with Dave on staff.”

Maryland officially adds Matt Canada as offensive coordinator

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As expected, Maryland has added Matt Canada to its coaching staff. A day after reports surfaced Canada would be landing on his feet with the Big Ten program after one year at LSU, Maryland has formally announced Canada will be the new offensive coordinator for the Terps.

Canada will also serve as Maryland’s quarterback coach. The two roles are what Canada held in his brief stint in Baton Rouge with the LSU Tigers.

“Matt has a unique ability to utilize any and all types of personnel, and still produce extremely explosive offenses,” Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin. “He’s a very versatile coach that has experience developing impact players at every offensive position. Matt’s had a great deal of success everywhere he’s been and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him here at Maryland.”

Canada previously coached in the Big Ten while at Wisconsin in 2012 and Indiana from 2004 through 2010 and before that from 1993 through 1996 as a student assistant and graduate assistant. Canada has also coached with Northern Illinois, NC State and Pittsburgh along the way.

In addition to the addition of Canada to the staff, Maryland has also announced wide receivers coach Chris Beatty will be elevated to the role of co-offensive coordinator.

“Chris is an integral part of our coaching staff and I’m excited to have him in this role,” Durkin said. “I’m proud of the work he’s done with our student-athletes and am happy to have him continue playing an instrumental role in the upward direction of the program.”

Maryland had the Big Ten’s 11th-ranked offense in 2017, although it showed some positive glimpses when healthy. Maryland also was 11th in the 14-team Big Ten in offensive scoring, eighth in rushing offense and 12th in passing offense.

Former LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada reportedly lands at Maryland

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It’s good to be Matt Canada.

He parachuted into Baton Rouge for a year, got paid a bunch of money, then got paid even more money to leave. And now he’s set to get paid from another school.

According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Canada is set to join the Maryland staff as offensive coordinator. Rittenberg notes that Canada signed a multi-year agreement with the Terps, though salary terms were not revealed. Walt Bell, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Florida State, made $500,000 in 2017, according to USA Today.

Maryland will be Canada’s seventh school to call plays for in this decade alone. He spent 2010 (and three years before that) at Indiana, then moved to Northern Illinois in 2011. He parlayed that into one season at Wisconsin, three at NC State, and then one season stints at Pittsburgh, LSU and now Maryland.