Mark Richt is going back to where his college career began.

The former Miami quarterback has reached a tentative agreement to be the Hurricanes' next head coach, pending the completion of contract talks, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed and the university has not announced the hire publicly.

Richt spent the past 15 seasons as the head coach at Georgia, averaging nearly 10 wins a season and leading the Bulldogs to a pair of Southeastern Conference championships.

He is a South Florida native and played for Howard Schnellenberger at Miami, when the Hurricanes were just becoming the program that would win five national championships.

Richt takes over a Miami program that hasn't won more than nine games in a season since 2003, and hasn't won a bowl game since 2006.

He was mentioned as a potential fit for Miami almost as soon as the Hurricanes fired Al Golden in October, with five games left on this year's regular-season schedule and one day after the Hurricanes endured the worst loss in school history — a 58-0 defeat to Clemson.

Maryland hires Durkin

Trying to find a way to compete with the powerhouses in the Big Ten East, Maryland plucked its new coach off a rival's staff.

Maryland hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin on Wednesday to lead a program that bottomed out in its second season as a member of the Big Ten.

Durkin, 37, is in his first season at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh. He led a defense that ranks fourth in the nation in yards allowed per game. Before working at Michigan, Durkin was the defensive coordinator at Florida for two years.

"We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement.

At Maryland, Durkin replaces Randy Edsall, who was fired midway through the season.

More coaching moves

•Toledo promoted offensive coordinator Jason Candle, 36, to head coach to replace Matt Campbell, who left to take over at Iowa State.

•Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown, 65, announced his retirement.


•Florida will have leading receiver Demarcus Robinson back from his fourth suspension in three years for the Southeastern Conference Championship Game against Alabama, coach Jim McElwain announced.

•Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Iowa cornerback Desmond King are the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

•Brigham Young has accepted an invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl. The Cougars (9-3) will face a Pac-12 opponent on Dec. 19.