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Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 3:44 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

On Monday, Maryland made it all official: Ralph Friedgen is done at Maryland.

Odd timing to remove the 2010 ACC Coach of the Year after a six-win turnaround that took the Terps from the bottom of the conference to competing for division titles.  But when athletic director Kevin Anderson addressed the media on Monday, he said it was time for the program to go "from good to great."

Effective January 2, 2011, Friedgen's contract will be terminated and the school will buyout the final year of his existing deal.  The buyout will cost the athletic department approximately $2 million in compensation and benefits, all of which will be covered by the athletic department.  Friedgen will coach the team in the final game of the 2010 season against East Carolina in the Military Bowl.  Anderson indicated that a nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately, and he would like to have Friedgen's successor in place by January 4.  

While multiple reports have denied any contact between Maryland and former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, Anderson did confirm that Leach is on Maryland's list of candidates.  When asked about other potential hires, Anderson did not mention any names specifically and refused to label anyone a "leading candidate."  However, it was interesting to hear that former offensive coordinator James Franklin (now head coach at Vanderbilt) would have been considered for the job - but there would have been no guarantees.

Friedgen, 63, leaves Maryland with a 74-50 record as a head coach.  He had a 4-2 bowl record across ten seasons, and was named ACC Coach of the Year twice.  The Terps will face East Carolina on December 29 in Washington, D.C. for the Military Bowl.
Comments

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

ACC Coach of the Year fired after turning the program around (again)?

What planet am I living on?  The bad karma associated with this move is suffocating.  Hmm...maybe the Billl Callahan reference is accurate. And more so, dare I say...deserved?



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

Classless move by the UM athletic department, to flirt with Leach while Friedgen is still coach, and then fire Friedgen! The man who has made UM football something to be proud of! Reminds me of adultery that leads to divorce.

And as for the AD's comment, "Going from good to great" - my neighbors up north in Nebraska may recall what happened when their AD fired Frank Solich, who had enjoyed decent success with NU, saying, "I refuse to surrender the Big 12 to Oklahoma and Texas." And he brings in Bill Callahan, who runs the Husker program into the ground. My point is, be careful what you wish for.

Anyway, I'm very sorry to see Coach Friedgen treated like this. He got screwed big time.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:43 pm
 

Maryland to go from good to great...

...big doormat.



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:14 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

I watched ESPN all day too and heard that same comment from the professionals on air. Next time come up with your own genuine thought. Unless you are an ESPN sportscaster, then good work.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

What a sack of sh*t.  Ralph has put MD football back on the map.  He gets voted Coach of the Year and this is what he gets in return.  Anderson is a joke.  The least that should of happend was Ralph finishing out his contract.  He earned that right.  Oh well, here's one fan that won't be watching MD football anytime soon.

All fans should boycott the games and teach this a**hole a lesson.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 8:47 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

would have been better off to keep everything quiet until Ralph's contract was up while having a replacement already waiting to step in.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 8:44 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

Anderson, you are such an idiot. You made the job look less than stellar with the "from good to great" comment. Now other coaches will see the job as temporary with no immediate success. Unlike Notre Dame, Maryland does not have that glorious past to lure coaches in.



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2010 8:09 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

What a stupid point to make about his won/loss total!  
Thank you Ralph for making Maryland a better football team
and a better place for student athletes.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:24 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

It is in part about recruitment. A coach to only coach for one more year does nothing to instill confidence in young kids to commit to the program. I liked Ralph and respected him for his time served, but I do think it is in the best interest to look forward considering he WAS going to retire next year anyhow. The loss of James Franklin all but sealed Ralph's chances for one last year here. Going out as Coach of the ACC for 2010 isn't too bad though. Best of Luck Ralph - I won't miss the weight loss commercials.



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2010 5:54 pm
 

Friedgen out at Maryland, will coach bowl game

- Another stupid "Coach in Waiting' contract that back-fired, Coach Friedgen deserves better. -


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