The college football regular season hasn't even begun yet and coaches are already on the hot seat, with the biggest one being Maryland's DJ Durkin, who is on leave after a report stated he was running a toxic program.
Of course, he's also on leave following the tragic death of Jordan McNair.
McNair's death was absolutely unacceptable, and because of that, many see Durkin on his way out from the program and have already began naming potential successors, one being Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
We're still a long way from the coaching carousel starting.— DawgNation (@DawgNation) August 29, 2018
But one Georgia assistant would make an excellent candidate for the Maryland job, if it opens: https://t.co/tt7evM50Hp
The name surfaced as one of the top candidates after The Athletic's Bruce Feldman said that Tucker could very much be a candidate for the job.
"If the Maryland job comes up, don't be surprised if Tucker, a former Wisconsin defensive back, is a top candidate for it," Feldman wrote.
With Tucker finishing runner-up last season for the Tennessee job and with his past of working with great coaches in Nick Saban and Jim Tressel, it's not a surprise he'd be a candidate, considering he's built a great Georgia defense.
The program has been struggling to cope since McNair died in June, two weeks after collapsing after conditioning drills. https://t.co/CDcZLwSeoI— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 29, 2018
With McNair's death still fresh in everybody's mind, maybe a breath of fresh air in somebody like Tucker would be beneficial to the program. Obviously, you can't take away the pain of a death, but removing the head coach responsible is a step in the right direction.
If Georgia has another stout defense this year and makes it back to the College Football Playoff, Tucker could gain interest from plenty of schools, not just Maryland, and could potentially be running his own program next season.
If Maryland were smart, they'd hire him ASAP.