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Friedgen fired at Maryland

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Associated Press
December 21, 2010
— Ralph Friedgen was fired as Maryland’s football coach Monday, effective after the Military Bowl on Dec. 29.

Friedgen received $2 million to cover the final year of his contract in 2011. Athletic director Kevin Anderson intended to immediately form a search committee to find Friedgen’s replacement, and acknowledged that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his preliminary list.


There’s been speculation for days about Friedgen’s status, and the possibility that Leach could be his successor. Asked about other names on the list, Anderson declined comment.


“Right now there is no leading candidate,” he said, adding that no one had been contacted by late Monday afternoon. But Anderson intends to have the position filled by Jan. 4.


During his 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen went 74-50. After the Terrapins slipped to 2-10 last year, Friedgen guided the team to an 8-4 record, was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year for a second time and earned his seventh postseason appearance.


But that was not enough for Anderson, who decided against negotiating an extension for the 63-year-old coach.


“This was a good football team, and I believe it can be great,” Anderson said. “And so we’re going to bring the best person in here to get to that greatness and sustain it. That’s why the decision has been made at this time.”


Anderson intended to bring back Friedgen for the final year of his contract until Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin accepted the head coaching job at Vanderbilt on Friday. After signing with the Commodores, Franklin offered jobs to several Maryland assistant coaches.


At that point, Anderson decided against having Friedgen as a lame-duck coach in 2011.


Although Maryland enjoyed success under Friedgen, the team rarely played before sellout crowds and their fans were not perceived to be loyal enough to travel to see the Terrapins in bowl games.


Friedgen did not attend the news conference.


Extra points

-- New coach Kevin Wilson is bringing back a familiar name to Indiana football: Mallory. Two weeks after accepting the Hoosiers job, Wilson hired Doug Mallory and Mike Ekeler as co-defensive coordinators. Mallory is the son of former Indiana coach Bill Mallory, who has the most wins of any coach in school history.


Mallory was a graduate assistant for his father in 1988 and coached Indiana’s special teams and defensive backs from 1994 to 1996. He spent the last two seasons running New Mexico’s defense after four seasons at LSU. Ekeler coached Nebraska’s linebackers the last three seasons.


-- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has added five assistants to his staff: assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bill Miller; defensive line coach Jeff Phelps; wide receivers coach Pat Poore; H-backs and tight ends coach Rob Reeves; and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski. Phelps, Poore, Reeves and Zebrowski followed Kill from Northern Illinois.



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