Following a conference call on Friday, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen. Now that James Franklin had left for Vanderbilt and was likely to take a number of assistants with him, Maryland was no longer interested in bringing Friedgen back. Now, a day later, there's a report that Friedgen will accept Maryland's buyout offer and will no longer serve as head coach.
University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has verbally agreed to a buyout of his contract and will not return for the 2011 season, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to InsideMDSports.com.
Which means that Maryland is now in the market for a new head coach, and many people seem to think that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach will be the school's first choice. Though, if that is the case, Leach would go to Maryland with a bit of excess baggage in his hands thanks to the lawsuit he currently has filed against Texas Tech for wrongful termination.
As for Friedgen, it seems the school was worried about how Friedgen could perform after possibly losing so many assistants, and was also worried about recruiting considering that Friedgen would be entering 2011 in the final year of a contract the school didn't seem interested in extending. So Maryland figured it was better to move on now rather than spend another year in limbo.
At the moment Friedgen is still expected to coach Maryland in the Military Bowl, but it's not clear whether he'll retire, take a job in the Maryland athletic department, or look for employment elsewhere.