Randy Edsall was fired as Maryland's football coach Sunday, less than 24 hours after the team's third consecutive lopsided defeat.
The dismissal comes in the middle of Edsall's fifth season with the Terrapins. He is 22-34 since taking over in 2011.
Maryland (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten) has been outscored 122-34 during its three-game losing streak. Including an earlier defeat against Bowling Green, Maryland's four losses have come by an average of four touchdowns.
"We appreciate Randy's tireless commitment to the University of Maryland," athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. "This was a difficult decision, but ultimately this is the best course of action for our football program moving forward."
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will take over on an interim basis. Maryland has a bye this week before facing Penn State in Baltimore on Oct. 24.
Rumors of Edsall's dismissal began last week, shortly before Maryland lost 49-28 to No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday.
Last June, Edsall received a contract extension that was to begin in January 2017 and was worth up to $7.5 million. Maryland must pay Edsall his salary of $2.1 million for this season in addition to a buyout that will cost roughly $2.6 million, the Washington Post reported.
Chubb's season over
Georgia running back Nick Chubb is expected to miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee Saturday in the Bulldogs' loss at Tennessee.
"I think it's pretty safe to say he's out," coach Mark Richt said.
Georgia's director of sports medicine said in a release that Chubb damaged several ligaments and cartilage, but did not have an ACL tear.
Baylor, Utah move up
Baylor is No. 2 and Utah is up to fourth behind No. 1 Ohio State in the Associated Press poll.
The Bears have their best ranking ever. They reached No. 3 three times previously, including once last season.
Voters spread first-place votes around to six teams. The Buckeyes received 27, down 11 (38) from last week. Baylor has 13 and Utah has 16. No. 3 TCU received three first-place votes and No. 5 Clemson and No. 9 Texas A&M each received one.
No. 5 Utah 30, No. 23 California 24: Devontae Booker ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Utes (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) forced six turnovers in a victory over the Golden Bears (5-1, 2-1) in Salt Lake City.
• North Texas named offensive coordinator Mike Canales as its interim coach. The Mean Green fell to 0-5 with a 66-7 homecoming loss to FCS team Portland State on Saturday, and coach Dan McCarney was fired after the game.