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Is Maryland's coaching situation confusing for recruits?

By Eric Prisbell

Okay, hypothetical situation here: You’re a recruit from the state of Maryland, and a good one. You’ve got cardboard boxes filled with recruiting love letters around the house. You’ve got dot-com recruiting gurus making your cell phone chirp with incoming texts each day asking for your list of finalists. You’ve got a decision to make.

You like School A, but everyone knows the coach's seat is warming by the day. He has not been a great fit for the culture at the tradition-rich school, the record has been subpar and regardless of what he tells you, he may not be there by the time you are a senior. Opposing coaches are telling you the powers that be are already working on his buyout package - doubtful, but possible. If he is fired, there will be a new coach, likely a new system.

You like School B, and everyone knows the coach is not going anywhere. His name is synonymous with the school’s football program. Heck, he is the football program. He’ll be there when you are a senior and long after.

You like School C. The head coach tells you he plans on being there for at least the majority of your college career. But you’ve read all the newspaper stories and know the contract of the current head coach expires after 2011; no one in power has guaranteed he will even return for 2011 (although he probably will) much less for the majority of your college career; and the offensive coordinator who comes from the same philosophical tree is guaranteed $1 million if he is not head coach by January 2012. And then opposing coaches are filling your ear with unsubstantiated rumors that both men may be gone early in your college career.

School A and B can be any school you want. School C is Maryland. Does Maryland's coaching situation leave a prospect's head spinning?

By Eric Prisbell  | November 12, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
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These poll questions just keep getting dumber by the day. If you can find one real Maryland fan that is happy with the way the football coaching situation, I'll give you my last paycheck. It's obvious the way the coaching "plan" is setup is a result of Yow's idiodic decision to create the "coach in waiting" position, and Anderson has some serious thinking to do to figure out how to clear the mess up. Meanwhile, both Fridge and Franklin need to give the best pitch possible to recruits.

Posted by: Russtinator | November 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Your previous article graphically portrays RF mouthing the right words, but devoid of any conviction. I don't blame Yow for extending RF's contract after three years. That was a no-brainer at the time. However, the HCIW was a dumb idea: it crated a coward's option push RF out, but at what cost to recruiting?

Posted by: RITerp | November 12, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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