Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday there are "possibilities" Maryland has spoken with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn about its soon-to-be-vacant head coaching position.
Comcast SportsNet Washington reported Tuesday that Maryland athletics director Kevin Anderson and his search committee has met with several candidates to replace Ralph Friedgen, whose final contract year was bought out by the school last week.
The report said Malzahn, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and SMU head coach June Jones have met with the committee.
Chizik said no one from Maryland had contacted him about talking with Malzahn, the Tigers' second-year coordinator who reportedly turned down the Vanderbilt job earlier this month and received a substantial raise from Auburn.
But asked if anyone from Maryland had interviewed Malzahn, Chizik said there's a chance.
"To the best of my knowledge, there are possibilities of contact," Chizik said. "I have not talked to anybody personally but there is a possibility of contact. Again, without me giving any details, because I don't have any, I'll kind of say the same thing I did about academics: when I know more, I'll let you know."
Malzahn was scheduled to speak to reporters Tuesday night but did not show up.
On Dec. 20, Maryland bought out the final year of the contract of Ralph Friedgen for close to $2 million. The 10th-year coach will be on the sideline for his final game with the Terrapins tomorrow in the Military Bowl against East Carolina.
Malzahn, who strongly considered an offer from Vanderbilt two weeks ago, is set to receive a $1 million salary from Auburn next season, with a chance at $300,000 in incentives.
Vanderbilt ended up hiring James Franklin, who was Maryland's offensive coordinator and designated coach-in-waiting behind Friedgen.
UPDATE: Jones did meet with Maryland, his agent confirms, but he has withdrawn his name from consideration.