Report: Jones, Malzahn interview at Maryland

Maybe Mike Leach isn't the frontrunner for the head-coaching vacancy at Maryland after all.

According to ComcastSportsNet Washington, SMU’s June Jones and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn interviewed for the job vacated — not without a struggle — by Ralph Friedgen. The report also states that Leach, the former Texas Tech head coach, has discussed the opening with athletic director Kevin Anderson.

This past August, Jones signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at SMU through the 2014 season. Of course, Jones denied interest in the SMU job while he was preparing Hawaii to play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl a few years back. He then left Hawaii after the game in January 2008.

Jones has said as recently as this season that the only job he'd be interested in other than leading the Mustangs would be a chance to return to the NFL.

Malzahn, of course, received a contract extension and raise to remain as the offensive coordinator at Auburn following discussions with Vanderbilt officials about its head vacancy filled eventually by James Franklin, who was Friedgen's coach-in-waiting. There are more candidates for the opening in College Park, but those three names were the only ones listed in the CSN Washington report.

Leach has been linked to the opening even before Friedgen, who was ACC coach of the year, officially walked out of his office.

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