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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
2 more suggestions for Maryland

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

No, Maryland AD Kevin Anderson hasn't shared his list of candidates with me, but I've got two more suggestions for him:

1. Larry Johnson, Penn State defensive line coach: If you can't beat him, hire him. Johnson has been the Nits' top recruiter in the state of Maryland, and this is the perfect chance for him to return to the state. Johnson was head coach at McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md., for 19 years. He had an impressive 139-36 record and won state championships in 1983, '85 and '90. In 1992-93, he was head coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. He knows this recruiting territory extremely well, and it's the perfect head-coaching opportunity for him. Johnson has spent the past 15 seasons on Joe Paterno's staff, developing numerous first-round NFL draft picks along the way.

2. Houston coach Kevin Sumlin: He's extremely well-respected in the business and should be for what he's done at Houston. His name surfaced in connection with the Miami job. Houston struggled in Sumlin's third season this year, but he took the Cougars to back-to-back bowl games and record-setting numbers in his first two seasons. Prior to taking over at Houston, Sumlin spent seven years in the Big 12, including five seasons at Oklahoma, where he was both the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach (2006-07) and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach (2003-05).

So there are other, less risky options out there besides Mike Leach. These are just two suggestions. It depends on which direction Anderson wants to go.