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Should Maryland Have Made Announcement Sooner?

While Maryland appointed James Franklin as Ralph Friedgen's eventual successor in order to provide continuity in recruiting, I and others are left to wonder about the timing of the announcement. Speculation has swirled since the season ended that this might be coming. (Though other rumors had Friedgen retiring now and Franklin taking over, so maybe that shows it's best to never pay much attention to rumors.) But if Maryland has known it was going this route for some time, why wait until two days after most recruits sign their letters-of-intent to make the announcement? Unless you are worried that the announcement will disrupt your recruiting plans. Now, recruits have no choice but to accept this is the way things will be, instead of being allowed to evaluate Maryland's plans on their own.

By Josh Barr  | February 9, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
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i really think the announcement was strictly a formality. its been my sense that this was the way things were heading since the moment they brought Franklin back in the fold & i suspect they made it crystal clear to their recruits as the process unfolded.

rather than look back at the hypothetical possibility of bruised egos in a top 30 recruiting class, i'd rather look forward to seeing what Franklin's redoubled efforts will yield by this time next year.

Posted by: mdrockjock | February 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse


You're making a valid point. Perhaps the delay can be traced to some wavering on Friedgen's part about his future commitment to coaching at UM?

I question this move because I feel Franklin needs more time to establish himself here on the coaching staff and provide a more consummate resume with the football program.

Has Franklin transformed the offense that measurably? Have we made significant inroads in acquiring the best recruits in the area? Is Franklin an unquestioned and respected leader in the lockerroom?

If we can say affirmative to these, then he's a great choice.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 9, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Extremely lousy selection by Maryland - choosing Franklin.

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record in 2009.

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | February 9, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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