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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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 15, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
Categories:  Football , Men's basketball  
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Le Roi est mort.

Posted by: JHopper2 | February 15, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Vive le Roi!

Posted by: mabkhar | February 15, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

As a Terrapin alum, I have to hand it to President Mote for improving the profile of the University of Maryland.

I fully credit him for bringing U of M to the national forefront. When I was in high school, Maryland was known as a the local party school that was your back-up. Not long after I left College Park, it was a contendor for "Public Ivy" status.

The success of the atheltic teams top-down was just the cherry on top. Mote made College Park an academic heavyweight. Kudos to him for that.

Posted by: mabkhar | February 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: carolina1 | February 15, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Yow needs to go. Disputes and tensions happen; taking them to the public as Ms. Yow did is inexcusable for the CEO of the athletic department. Her behavior has cast a cloud over the program that won't be gone until she is.

Posted by: DonRoberto1 | February 16, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse


Exactly how did Yow take disputes and tensions public? She has done everything she can to quiet the rumors about a beef between her and Gary over the years. She has been by his side at NIT games, meaningless road games, gone to his press conferences to publicly say those rumors are crazy and publicly offered to extend his contract...the list goes on and on.

If what you are referring to is the dust up last year between kathy worthington and Gary regarding the transfer of Gus Gilchrist. Well, first off, Yow was out of town--burying her sister in North Carolina. She had nothing to do with that going public and had she been there, it would have never happened.

Bottom line is all too many Terps fans believe you have to either be a fan of Gary or a fan of Yow--that you somehow can't be both. It's ridiculous. Both have been huge assets to the university and both are considered by their peers to be among the very best at their profession.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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