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Franklin Named Coach-In-Waiting

Maryland Offensive Coordinator James Franklin has been named Coach Ralph Friedgen's successor, the school just announced in a press release.

Franklin, Friedgen and Athletic Director Debbie Yow will be available for comment later today, and we'll have more information as soon as it's available. Stay tuned.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 6, 2009; 10:56 AM ET
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Why does a college team need a "coach-in-waiting?"

Is Fridge planning on leaving, because I would think that if the program stays at its current level with above .500 performance, there no reason Fridge would be going anywhere. This is a truly bizarre anouncement.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 6, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

He is 62 years of age and overweight. Combine that with the stresses of the job itself, especially the last few years, Friedgen needs to be thinking retirement. It will be 12 years after he finishes his contract.

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | February 6, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much about Raplh as it's about Franklin. This keeps him here and keep Maryland from having to worry about losing him to another job.

Posted by: ICBomber | February 6, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Looking at this team, I have to wonder if this is a good selling point. Was the offense outstanding, are folks loving him as a recruiter?

Posted by: oknow1 | February 6, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

What has Franklin done in his career that makes him qualified to be a head coach? His offense didn't exactly set the world on fire last year and wasn't he the lead recruiter of Steffy? Don't get me wrong, he may turn out to be a great coach but is there nobody else out there that is any better? Couldn't Maryland at least take a look?

Posted by: fellowfan | February 6, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

This year will be a tough one with a young defense and o-line. A way to quelch any rumors about Fridge's job security, and the direction of the program, is to name Franklin the C.I.W. now.

This will also in the meantime limit any recruits concerns about the future of the program - and hopefully aid in the improving (slowly but surely) recruiting process.

Posted by: kozora | February 6, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Good call by the Fridge, pretty obvious one too...I was very critical of some of Franklin's very questionable play-calling in many of their games (passing on 1st, 2nd & 3rd in goal situations...settling on FGs) but the guy can FLAT-OUT RECRUIT and sell the football program to high school players...which is what it's ALL ABOUT these dayz.

Posted by: iamasofaking | February 6, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I think this is jumping the gun. Hes recruiting is Good but Flat out recruit thats a little overboard. Sabin can flat out recruit and like an earlier entry stated he struggled this year, why not wait a few year and then seen were the team is at before name a successor. Whay too early for this sort of things

Posted by: terryjacobs | February 6, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

way to go, debbie yow. another absurd move in a long line of terrible moves. is it too big of a stretch for maryland to want more out of the program? this guy has done nothing to justify giving him the keys to the program. maybe open up the pocketbook for a bigger player in the coaching market. either way, what's the rush? let franklin interview with every other candidate.

Posted by: epdaly | February 6, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

You're questioning my usage of the words FLAT-OUT in regard's to FRANKLIN'S ability to RECRUIT players? How absurd...the point is Franklin has a PROVEN track record of getting SOLID talent when he first came to the scene in College Park as a Wide Receivers coach (before he jumped to the pro's with GB Packers) and at Kansas State and now again with last Wednesday signgings. Better GRASP him and solidy his status w/ the program before someone else makes a BETTER more waiting, THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!

Posted by: iamasofaking | February 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a good move on Maryland's part. It provides a path forward for Friedgen's eventual retirement, and continuity afterwards in the football program. High school recruits who consider Maryland certainly must be wondering what it would be like to be going into their junior or senior year, and the head coach decides to retire. With Franklin as the successor, he makes an excellent choice to succeed Friedgen. So these recruits will know that they have a good future at Maryland. This is also good for Franklin, because this is a public affirmation by the athletic department that he is definitely a part of its future plans.

Posted by: fwalker8 | February 7, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Gary Williams wasn't considered.

He could do both football and basketball.

Yow needs to realize just how talented Gary is!

Posted by: petecard | February 7, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Iamsofaking is faking his English.

We need to "GRASP" Franklin?

I don't understand. I just can't grasp that concept!

Posted by: petecard | February 7, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This is a good move. Franklin has improved the recruiting and will continue to do so. Sabin can recruit ... at LSU and Alabama... but Md isn't LSU or Alabama. It will never be able to recruit constantly with the elite schools and great coaches will only use Md as a stepping-stone to get to an elite school. Md is going to have to be good judges of talent and steal players who underachieve in high school. Franklin can do that... And now that Yow has gotten the athletic department in the black and is upgrading the football facilities, Md can do better.. but the stadium and facilities will never compete with LSU or Ala.

Posted by: Phillip258 | February 7, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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