Posted by Tom Fornelli
Here's an interesting twist to what's going on with the Maryland football team. On Friday it was made official that James Franklin, the school's head coach-in-waiting, was leaving to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt. Now, depending on how you want to interpret the words of Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, it's starting to sound like Ralph Friedgen could be on the way out at Maryland as well.
During a teleconference on Friday, Anderson was asked about Freidgen's future, to which he replied he'll "sit down and everybody will understand where we're going...with the program. At this point I'm not going to answer that question." Which, on it's own, isn't exactly the most encouraging answer you can hear from your boss if your Ralph Friedgen.
What makes it worse?
A month ago Anderson said that Friedgen would be back. Now he's suddenly changed his mind. To make things even more interesting, even though Friedgen hasn't been let go -- and at this point you almost have to think he will be -- people are already speculating on who his replacement will be. The popular pick seems to be the one and only Mike Leach.
Would Leach be interested in the gig? Of course he would be, he's come out and said he'd be interested in any job that was offered to him. I'd be interested in seeing it happen as well, because it could lead to some teenage mutant ninja pirates, and if there is anything in this world cooler than some kind of hybrid ninja pirate, then I sure as hell haven't thought of it yet.