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Financial concerns and more on Yow-Friedgen

Here is a story from today's Baltimore Sun about the financial concerns of a buyout and more about the devolving relationship between Coach Ralph Friedgen and Athletic Director Debbie Yow.

Here is the link.

Will and should the financial concerns prevent Maryland from buying out Friedgen's contract?

And here is a column from John Feinstein about the unsettled coaching situations at Virginia and Maryland. Here is the link.

As always, I encourage everyone to e-mail me with thoughts on a matter that gets more interesting by the day. My e-mail is

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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i think u give him one more year regardless of teh financials...

he deserves the shot...this was going to be a tough year with such a young team...

give him a chance to turn it around next year and take it from there...

Posted by: deadskin | November 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Ok, you show the Fridge the door, and Franklin the window. Then what?

In retrospect, maybe alienating the rest of the coaching staff and negotiating with ourselves for Franklin's services sets up for some rather unrealaistic expectations.

Once Yow has removed these guys, who runs the show now? Who is available that would want to come here?

Charlie Strong? He didn't take any of the SEC gigs when they came up, why would he come here, expect for the lowered expectations?

Charlie Weis? He can inherit Ralph's players AND his diet.

Bob Stoops? There are rumblings in Norman...

Rich Rodriguez? Won't Mountaineer fans love that!

The guy at Navy? Maybe we won't have to pay reloc expenses. But fitting that name on a business card, much less reading it off will be a challenge.

I will take Tom McMillen at his word, that to make a move NOW requires a compelling case. Even if I conceded that any of the "candidates" above arguably could do better than the last five seasons under Freidgen; I don't see a compelling case that any of them come to College Park.

Posted by: mabkhar | November 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Good posts from most of my fellow bloggers; if there is a silver lining to this lousy season and resultant coach controversy it is that I still see passion for a competitive football program at Maryland. A drop in game day attendance should not in of itself be the criteria to fire the coach because of other factors that are likely contributing to this drop off. Fridge by all accounts has run a clean program with atleast some emphasis on academic integrity. He absolutely deserves the opportunity to complete his contracted tenure as coach and without the AD's office interferring with who he keeps or fires as assistants. To remain remotely competitive in recruiting the AD needs to strongly and without reservation support the coach now.

Posted by: norfolkoms | November 24, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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