There are a lot of published analysts without a dog in the race that have said on the record that MD a top-15 or top-20 job. I also think it unquestionably is. I'd challenge you to find 25 HC jobs that are definitively better than Maryland. Heres my list:
I think after this you get into a nebulous blob of about 10-15 schools that Maryland is definitely a part of. Aside from Maryland, schools like OSU and Texas would belong here.
You could argue about whether it's worth to fire a top 35-to-40ish coach at a top 20 program, but here we are.
Fenter was a MiLB FA and was picked in the Rule 5 draft last season by the Cubs, but returned during the spring. This is a minor league deal but no mention of a Spring invite (possibly due to the current lockout.)