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Maryland AD Kevin Anderson to take 6-month sabbatical

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Maryland AD Kevin Anderson will not be the Maryland AD for the next six months.

Anderson announced Monday he will take a 6-month sabbatical to focus on “professional development.” That leave of absence will see him remain on his national committees with the NCAA and NACDA, the professional organization of ADs.

It was reported over the weekend that Anderson would be out completely as Maryland’s AD, but those reports were knocked down by the university.

Additionally, Maryland announced that former Georgia AD and current Terps associate AD/CFO Damon Evans will run the department in Anderson’s stead.

Maryland calls reports of Kevin Anderson’s ouster as AD ‘false’

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Apparently we need to back off the most surprising off-field development of Week 7.

Earlier Saturday, reports emerged that Kevin Anderson was out as the athletic director at Maryland.  One of the reports indicated that indicated that, in a severance package negotiated by super-booster Kevin Plank, the university will pay the ousted AD through August of next year.

Not long after, the university labeled the reports of a change in athletic leadership as “false.”

Anderson is currently in his seventh year as the AD at the Big Ten school.

Reports: Kevin Anderson out as AD at Maryland

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This is, at least from the outside looking in, an unexpected development.

According to a series of tweets from MASN‘s Bobby Blanco, Kevin Anderson has been ousted as the athletic director at Maryland.  Brett McMurphy subsequently confirmed the original report.

Per Blanco, university president Wallace Loh was not pleased with Anderson actively seeking out the same job at Cal, triggering the dismissal.  Blanco also indicated that, in a severance package negotiated by super-booster Kevin Plank, the university will pay the ousted AD through August of next year.

Anderson had spent the past seven years heading Terrapin athletics.  As for a potential replacement?

Ohio State loses starting guard Branden Bowen to broken leg

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Ohio State cruised to an easy win over Maryland in Week 6, but it did come with a cost.

In the first quarter of the romp, Branden Bowen went down with what appeared to be a rather significant injury after his left leg was rolled up on.  In his postgame press conference, head coach Urban Meyer confirmed that the offensive lineman had suffered a broken leg.

Bowen will undergo surgery Sunday to repair the damage, which his mother stated on Twitter was a broken fibula and tibia.

Bowen, a redshirt sophomore, had started the first six games at right guard for the Buckeyes.

With Bowen sidelined for the remainder of the season, OSU will likely turn to redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell as the new starter.  After Bowen’s injury, Burrell, who played in 13 games last season, stepped in and played most of the rest of the game.

Urban Meyer now 10-1 vs. his former assistants with romp over D.J. Durkin and Maryland

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Once again, the teacher has taken a former student to school.

Despite an embarrassing series of first-half special teams gaffes that bled into the third quarter, and with their opponent starting their third-string quarterback, Ohio State jumped out to a 41-7 halftime lead and never really looked back en route to a 62-14 woodshedding of overmatched Maryland.  In the first half alone, the Buckeyes held a 361-26 advantage in total offense; they finished the game with 584 yards to the Terrapins’ 66, 27 of which came on a late touchdown drive following an OSU fumble by backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

J.T. Barrett accounted for four touchdowns — three passing and one rushing — in three quarters worth of work.  True freshman J.K. Dobbins led all rushers 96 yards on 13 carries.

The Terps, which were forced to go to fourth-string quarterback Caleb Henderson after third-stringer Max Bortenschlager was knocked out of the game late in the third quarter, wer limited to just 16 yards passing for the entire game.  They also averaged just 1.2 yards per carry, and their only touchdown prior to the one in garbage time came on a kickoff return for a score in the first quarter.

With the win, Urban Meyer improved to 10-1 all-time against his former assistant coaches who went on to become head coaches.  The lone loss for Meyer?  Florida’s 10-7 defeat in 2010 to Mississippi State and Dan Mullen, Meyer’s former offensive coordinator with the Gators.

Since that loss, Meyer has ripped off nine straight wins over his former assistants, all of which have come since he came to OSU.  And those wins haven’t, for the most part, even been close as the Buckeyes won those games by an average of 42.6 points per game.  The only team to come within 25 points of OSU Urban was Gary Andersen‘s Wisconsin Badgers, which dropped a 31-24 decision in September of 2013; take out that game, and margin of victory stretches to 47.6 ppg.

Below are the all-time records of Meyer assistants vs. their former boss:

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State, 1-1 (29-19 loss in 2009; 10-7 win in 2010)
Tim Beckman, Illinois, 0-3 (52-22 loss in 2012; 60-35 loss in 2013; 55-14 loss in 2014)
Gary Andersen, Wisconsin, 0-2 (31-24 loss in 2013; 59-0 loss in 2014)
Chris Ash, Rutgers, 0-2 (58-0 loss in 2016; 56-0 loss in 2017)
D.J. Durkin, Maryland, 0-2 (62-3 loss in 2016; 62-14 loss in 2017)

This was also the 200th game of Meyer’s career as a head coach, with his teams going 170-30 in that span.  His .850 winning percentage is fourth all-time among FBS head coaches behind a pair of Notre Dame greats, Knute Rockne (.881) and Frank Leahy (.864), as well as Bowling Green’s Doyt Perry (.855).  It’s the highest for any coach with at least 200 games under his belt; Nebraska’s Tom Osborne and his .836 clip in 307 career games had previously held that honor.