Report: Two B1G DCs finalists for head coaching job at Buffalo
At least one B1G team will reportedly be losing a member of its staff soon.
On Friday, Rachel Lenzi of The Buffalo News reported that the University of Buffalo athletic department has focused in on two candidates to replace Lance Leipold as head coach of the football program. Leipold recently took the job at Kansas.
Minnesota defensive coordinator Joe Harasymiak and Michigan co-defensive coordinator Maurice Linguist are the two finalists for the job. Both the Golden Gophers and the Wolverines have concluded spring practice.
Harasymiak, 34, was the head coach at Maine (FCS) for three seasons before joining P.J. Fleck’s staff at Minnesota. Leading the program from 2016-2018, the Black Bears were 20-15 and had an outstanding 10-4 year in 2018, reaching the semifinal round of the FCS playoffs.
Harasymiak has been the defensive coordinator at Minnesota for the past two seasons and was the defensive backs coach in 2019.
Linguist, 37, has never been a head coach before but did have a two-year stop at Buffalo from 2012-13. He started out as the defensive backs coach in 2012 before adding passing game coordinator to his title for the 2013 season.
Linguist joined the Michigan staff after the 2020 season and is in his first year with the program. He’s also had stops at Baylor, Valdosta State, James Madison, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Texas A&M.