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Joe Harrington's status remains unchanged

Joe Harrington, Maryland’s director of men’s basketball student services, remains in that position. A team spokesman told The Post on Thursday that the former teammate of Coach Gary Williams had left the post to pursue other interests. That information was incorrect.

Harrington, who coached at George Mason from 1980 to 1987, played alongside Williams at Maryland under Bud Millikin. He joined Williams’ staff in November 2007, following head coaching stints at Long Beach State and Colorado. He also served as an assistant on the staff of the Toronto Raptors.

By Liz Clarke  | October 8, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Why would you report something like coach Harrington was leaving if you couldn't corroborate it and then have to retract it 4 hours later. Bizzare and worthless reporting.

Posted by: MDFan | October 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

solid reporting there, Liz.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | October 9, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

From the Sun which has better UMD coverage than WaPo

Anderson: 'We need to win'
I interviewed new Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson Thursday and finished the first of a couple stories about him.

The bottom line is that:

* Anderson appreciates football coach Ralph Friedgen's dedication to his players and likes the team's record so far (4-1). But Anderson is not prepared to say that Friedgen will return next season. At the least, Anderson said he'd need to meet with incoming university president Wallace Loh before making that pledge. In the meantime, Anderson will, of course, see if the Terps can keep winning and make a bowl game.

There is important linkage here. Maryland needs to win so that it can attract more fans and revenue to continue to pay off the debt that was required to modernize and expand Tyser Tower.

"It’s very important that we sell the suites and increase the attendance of football, and that will help us to remain balanced," Anderson said.

Here's another Anderson quote not in the story:

"One of the things I know right away about Coach (Friedgen) is he cares about these kids. He cares about them as human beings and he’s here to make sure they get an education and that he’s going to graduate them. That’s part of the whole equation. The other thing is that definitely we know we need to win."

* But Anderson is not a fan of coach-in-waiting arrangements, which he believes can be divisive.
It's hard to know whether or how this could affect Maryland's succession plan in which James Franklin is to succeed Friedgen by January 2012.

When I asked Anderson about Franklin succeeding Friedgen, he replied:

"I haven’t come to conclusions about evaluating anything right now, so I can’t answer that. I will answer this way -- I’m not a fan of the head-coach-in -waiting.."

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 9, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I'll give the reporter a pass if indeed a "team spokesman" gave out bad information. The reporter only half threw the spokesperson under the bus by NOT naming the spokesperson. That rather reeks of a cover-up of what really happened. We deserve the truth and full disclosure.

Posted by: petecard | October 9, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Very strange. Can't help but think Prisbell wouldn't have gotten this wrong (he's pretty diligent normally, I think he'd have verified the info before reporting it). Get well soon Eric!

As for this little nugget by Kevin Anderson:

"I’m not a fan of the head-coach-in -waiting.."

That is truly music to my ears. A real shame that Yow forced the head coach in waiting on Friedgen and the program to further her affirmative action agenda. Fridge never wanted it and only reluctantly went along with it because he was assured by Debbie that he would be allowed to coach as long as he wants if the team kept winning.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 9, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, well, none of this conversation would be happening if the Fridge could put together a consistantly competitive program...Beating Morgan State, Duke and FIU arent going to be good enough to keep him around...his teams have been wildly inconsistant, forever plaqued by "youth", reactionary defenses and the QBs he seems to recruit seem to be better suited to the option (with Obrien being a recent exception, but lets face facts, Obrien would still be riding the pine if Robinson had not been hurt and then 2 years from now, we would see Obrien as a Senior with little experiencs), which UMD does not run.....I appreciate what Fridge did during his first 3 years but since the team became made up of his recruits, the performance has been pretty poor and the attendance figures, luxury sales, and general fan sentiment reflect that...A new broom sweeps clean, so Anderson is probably already drawing up his short list

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Barno: I am still waiting for you to come up with a bigger personnel blunder in the history of Div 1 College football than recinding the scholarship of Slaton....or are you going to rest on the excuse that Slaton would not have performed well in UMDs system because we couldnt use his speed?

Start packin refridgerator! and leave room in the icebox for franklin..hes going with you

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 9, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Liz, there's a difference between a "spokesman" and a "source". Spokesmen go on the record; sources often don't. So was it a spokesman? If so, who?

Ah, I thought so; it was a source.

Did you go to journalism school?

Posted by: stratman1 | October 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I am sure lots of coaches would recruit differently if they had a crystal ball.

You spelled refrigerator wrong.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 10, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

It was a play on Fridge...did you notice I spelled packin wrong too?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 10, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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