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Posted at 1:09 AM ET, 01/17/2011

Report: Southern Miss DC to become Maryland LBs coach

By Steve Yanda

Southern Mississippi Defensive Coordinator Todd Bradford told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald on Sunday that he has accepted a position as Maryland's linebackers coach. His first day on first-year coach Randy Edsall's staff will be Wednesday, according to the Sun Herald report.

Bradford spent three seasons at Southern Miss. In 2010, the Golden Eagles ranked No. 2 in Conference USA and No. 13 in the country in rushing defense (113 ypg allowed), though only three defenses in the nation had fewer rushing attempts against than did Southern Miss.

In Conference USA in 2010, the Golden Eagles also ranked No. 3 in total defense (356.4 ypg allowed), No. 5 in scoring defense (29.5 ppg allowed) and No. 7 in passing defense (243.4 ypg allowed). They tallied 26 turnovers, which ranked them second in the conference.

Southern Miss lost three Conference USA games this past season despite scoring at least 43 points -- and as many as 50 points -- in those contests. Only six Division I-A teams in the nation allowed opponents to score at a higher rate in the red zone (inside the 20-yard-line) than did the Golden Eagles (90.7 percent).

Before serving under coach Larry Fedora at Southern Miss, Bradford worked as the linebackers coach at Oklahoma State.

"I had a great experience at Southern Miss," Bradford told the Sun Herald. "I will miss the coaches and players. This was an opportunity for me that I could not pass up. This gives me an opportunity to be a head coach some day. This move is the best thing for me and my family. I would like to thank Larry (Fedora) for everything he did for me and my family. I will be forever grateful to him."

Bradford has worked with Gary Crowton, who is expected to be named Maryland's offensive coordinator, at three different schools during his coaching career. When Crowton was the head coach at Brigham Young, Bradford served as the team's offensive coordinator from 2003-04. Crowton was the head coach at Louisiana Tech for the beginning of Bradford's time on the team's defensive staff from 1997-2000. Crowton was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire during the beginning of Bradford's time as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at that program from 1988-1993.

By Steve Yanda  | January 17, 2011; 1:09 AM ET
Categories:  Football, Randy Edsall  
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This takes a little, not all, of the sting out of the Nova BB loss. Coach Edsall is off to a very fine start.

Posted by: petecard | January 17, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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