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COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05:  Head coach Randy Edsall of the Maryland Terrapins reacts to a call against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ex-Maryland, UConn HC Randy Edsall hired by NFL’s Lions

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For those looking for Randy Edsall to surface in the college game, it appears you’ll have to wait at least another season.

Sunday, the Detroit Lions announced that it has hired the former Maryland and UConn head coach to be its “director of football research-special projects.” The organization wrote in its release that “[t]he football research department assists in all aspects of game preparation, and also provides information to the coaching, personnel and football administration departments to help improve the team’s decisions in the draft, free agency and on gameday.”

This marks Edsall’s second job at the NFL level, the first coming with the Jacksonville Jaguars as defensive backs coach from 1994-97.  The connection between Edsall and the club is general manager Bob Quinn, who was a grad assistant in the UConn athletic department when Edsall was hired by the Huskies in 1999.

Edsall was fired by Maryland midway through the 2015 season following a 2-4 start to the season. Over the course of four-plus seasons, Edsall’s Terps went 22-33 overall and 10-23 in conference play. Coming into last season, Edsall had gone 7-6 in back-to-back seasons and led the Terps to bowl bids each year.

Prior to Maryland, Edsall had spent 12 seasons as the head coach at UConn. The Huskies went 8-5 in each of his last three seasons in Storrs before leaving for College Park in January of 2011.

In addition to Maryland and UConn, Edsall also spent time as the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech (1998); defensive backs coach at Boston College (1991-93); and long-time assistant at his alma mater Syracuse (1980-90).

Ex-Maryland RB Jacquille Veii set to return to Terps

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Who says you can’t go home again?  Certainly not Jacquille Veii.

In June of last year, Veii transferred from Maryland to Towson, playing for the FCS school during the 2015 season.  Fastforward a few months, and the running back confirmed to 247Sports.com that he will be returning to the Terps.

In his interview with the recruiting website, Veii expressed regret for leaving in the first place.

“This is where I’m meant to be and if I have to earn it, I will,” Veii said, alluding to the fact that he will initially rejoin the team as a non-scholarship player. “It’s all apart of Gods plan for me …I was never supposed to leave, but out of my own stubbornness, I went against the plan and now patience is being taught.”

Veii’s decision to reverse course is not sitting well with his most recent coach, however.

“We only really talk about the kids in our program,” Towson head coach Rob Ambrose told the Baltimore Sun. “He informed us last week he was leaving for ‘business reasons’ and that is the last I heard from him.”

Because of NCAA bylaws, Veii will be forced to sit out the 2016 season. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

In 2014 with the Terps, Veii rushed 19 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 230 yards.

Listed as a wide receiver as a true freshman in 2013, Veii was moved to running back for the 2014 season.

SEC, Ohio State tops on Carolina, Denver Super Bowl rosters

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29:  Former Tennesse quarterback Peyton Manning and current quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts is honored alongside his former college coach Phillip Fulmer before the start of the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on October 29, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton may be hurtling toward history, but the former Auburn quarterback will not be the lone player representing the SEC in next month’s Super Bowl.  In fact, he’s far, far from it.

As you may have heard, Newton’s Carolina Panthers are set to square off with Peyton Manning‘s Denver Broncos in the 50th Super Bowl Feb. 3.  Manning and Newton are two of and FBS-best 30 former SEC players who are on the two teams’ rosters, which includes those on the 53-man, reserved/injured list, practice squad, reserved/suspended by commissioner and reserve/future squad.

The Pac-12 is next with 23, followed by the Big Ten (21) and ACC (17).  The final Power Five conference, the Big 12, has 10, three less than the Mountain West’s 13.  The AAC, with eight, is the only Group of Five league to come close to double digits.  The MAC, meanwhile, is the only conference to be shutout, while all of the other divisions in the NCAA combined for 18 players.

Nearly every SEC team is represented in this year’s big game, the lone exception being Vanderbilt.  Of the dozen schools in the Pac-12, only Arizona and Washington State are missing.  Both the ACC and Big Ten have 11 of their 14 teams in the game, the lone exceptions being Clemson, Louisville and Virginia Tech for the former and Illinois, Minnesota and Rutgers for the latter.

One of those B1G schools that’s in, Nebraska, has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster for 23 straight years, the longest active streak for any FBS program.

Ohio State easily outdistances individual schools with seven, three more than the four each for Auburn, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Tennessee.  Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado State, Georgia, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC and Utah.

A total of 20 schools have two players each, including Coastal Carolina, the only non-FBS program in the group.  The other 19 includes Arkansas, Boise State, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, San Diego State, South Carolina, Stanford, Troy, Tulane, Washington and Wisconsin.

Maryland lands twin brothers in Class of 2016

D.J. Durkin speaks at a news conference after being introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Maryland, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in College Park, Md. Durkin comes from the University of Michigan, where he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Maryland may have been hit hard by some recent recruiting developments in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day (Feb. 3), but on Saturday the Terrapins had one of the more interesting recruiting wins this season. Twin brothers Elijah Daniels and Elisha Daniels committed to the Terrapins on Saturday.

Adding to the double-mint fun, both brothers play cornerback and both decommitted from Minnesota earlier this month. Elijah is a three-star prospect according to Rivals. Guess what. So is his brother! The brothers from Fort Lauderdale, Florida ended up choosing Maryland over Minnesota, but two other Power 5 programs extended offers too; Boston College and Iowa State.

The addition of the twin brothers will provide some immediate depth at a position of need for Maryland in 2016. The Terrapins must replace three starters in the defensive backfield, but they do return Will Likely in the fall.

For new head coach DJ Durkin, the first recruiting class being assembled under his watch is already showing signs of planting seeds in the south. With the addition of Elijah and Elisha Daniels to Maryland’s Class of 2016, the last four recruits to hop on the Maryland train hail from the state of Florida, as noted by Daniel Martin of CSN Mid-Atlantic. Running back LaDerrien Wilson and Aaron Thompson also have committed to Maryland this week.

Smart, Richt currently pace all new head coaches in recruit rankings

CORAL GABLES, FL - DECEMBER 04:  New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the 'U' sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
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In somewhat of an ironic twist, the head coach who was forced to leave Georgia and the coach who replaced him are doing quite well on the recruiting trail at their new programs.  In fact, they’re doing better than any other who found a landing spot in the 2015-16 spinning of the coaching carousel.

As it stands now, Miami’s Mark Richt has the 19th-ranked recruiting class according to Rivals.com, the second-best of any of the  27 head coaches hired in the past three months.  The best?  Georgia, which has the No. 15 class thanks in part to Kirby Smart, Richt’s successor in Athens.

UGA right now, though, and fully understanding that there are nearly two weeks left until National Signing Day, is nine spots behind the No. 6 class Richt signed in 2015.  The U, meanwhile, was ranked 26th for Al Golden‘s last class, a full seven spots behind were Richt stands now.

Not surprisingly, a significant number of programs have seen their recruiting rankings dip from a year ago.  One of the most glaring is that of USC.  Despite offensive coordinator Clay Helton taking over as interim head coach in mid-October and then taking over permanently in late November, USC has just the 23rd-ranked class; last year at this time, the Trojans were well on their way to having Rivals’ No. 1 class under Steve Sarkisian.

Of the 27 head coaches new to their teams, 17 have classes that are ranked lower than their predecessors from a year ago.  The biggest drop belongs to Seth Littrell‘s North Texas (127th currently, 90th in 2015), while that ignominious honor for Power Five programs goes to Dave Odom and Missouri (59th, 27th).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Matt Campbell has taken his new team on one of the biggest rises, lifting Iowa State from No. 69 under the departed Paul Rhoads to No. 52.  Interestingly, Campbell’s successor at Toledo, UT offensive coordinator Jason Candle, has the Rockets at 73rd, 17 spots higher than his predecessor’s 90th-ranked class of a year ago.

Below are the 27 newest head coaches, with where their teams rank now in the recruiting rankings compared to a year ago:

2016 New HC Recruit Rankings