Mote to retire Aug. 31 as University of Maryland president
University of Maryland President C.D. Mote will retire Aug. 31. Please check out Dan de Vise's College Inc. blog for more information.
Patrick Stevens and I have discussed on numerous occasions just how long the same key figures have been in place at Maryland. In fact, Maryland has been the only BCS school that has had the same president, athletic director, football coach and men's basketball coach in place since 2001.
Mote recently told The Baltimore Sun that he would "gladly extend" Athletic Director Debbie Yow's contract if she asked. Yow remains a polarizing figure among Maryland fans. The frosty relationship between Yow and men's basketball Coach Gary Williams and the strained relationship between Yow and football Coach Ralph Friedgen have been well chronicled and discussed over the past year. The job security of both high-profile coaches has been brought into question in 2009, as well. Yow's job security was never believed to be in question because of the support of Mote. With Mote retiring, it could at the very least add a new wrinkle to a dynamic that has been unchanged at Maryland for quite some time.
February 15, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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