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Terrapins Insider: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

Terrapins football team visits the White House

Although they haven’t ventured far from home for their bowl game, the Maryland Terrapins are taking full advantage of their time in the nation’s capital in preparation for the Military Bowl. On Wednesday night, the team attended the Wizards game....

By Kathy Orton  | December 23, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Maryland's John Donovan will call plays at Military Bowl

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said at a Thursday afternoon media conference that running backs coach John Donovan, who is expected to join James Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt, will remain with the Terrapins through Military Bowl. Maryland plays East Carolina...

By Kathy Orton  | December 23, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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RB Da'Rel Scott to play in East-West Shrine Game

Maryland senior tailback Da'Rel Scott was one of 32 players named Wednesday to participate in the 86th East-West Shrine Game, which will take place Jan. 22 in Orlando, Fla. Former NFL coaches Wade Phillips and Dan Reeves will coach the...

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weather, tradition top Ralph Friedgen's list of concerns for coming week

After some time off for exams, the Maryland football team resumed practice Wednesday in preparation for the Dec. 29 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. Coach Ralph Friedgen said Wednesday's practice went well, though he has some concerns for those that...

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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DC Don Brown: 'I know I've got a lot of good football in me'

Like every other Maryland football assistant in the past week, second-year defensive coordinator Don Brown's immediate future became significantly more muddled in the aftermath of the school's decision to fire Coach Ralph Friedgen following the Dec. 29 Military Bowl. Brown,...

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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A weekend full of answer-seeking phone calls for many Maryland players

Maryland senior linebacker Adrian Moten and the rest of the Terrapins got to go home for a few days last weekend, though it didn't end up being an entirely stress-free and relaxing respite. On Friday, it became clear that there...

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Danny O'Brien the play-caller?

There are three Maryland coaches who potentially could call the offensive plays for the Terrapins during the Military Bowl on Dec. 29: Head coach Ralph Friedgen, wide receivers coach Lee Hull or running backs coach John Donovan. Well, according to...

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ralph Friedgen wants to coach next season

On Dec. 29, Ralph Friedgen will guide the Maryland football team for the final time. That doesn't neccessarily mean, though, that Friedgen is done coaching in the Terrapins' home field. Effective Jan. 2, the school will terminate Friedgen's contract and...

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 6:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Ralph Friedgen expects to have full staff of assistants at Military Bowl

To say that the past three days have been stressful for Ralph Friedgen would be a dramatic understatement. On Monday, Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announced that Friedgen's 10-year run as the football program's head coach would conclude with the...

By Steve Yanda  | December 22, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Danny O'Brien: 'I came to graduate from the University of Maryland'

In the wake of Maryland's announcement that Coach Ralph Friedgen would be fired following the Terrapins' Dec. 29 appearance in the Military Bowl, there was some speculation that redshirt freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien might request a release to transfer to...

By Steve Yanda  | December 22, 2010; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Randy Eaton to lead search committee for next football coach

Maryland senior associate athletic director Randy Eaton will chair a seven-member search committee charged with finding the football program's next head coach, the school announced Wednesday. The school also announced it has hired Pat Richter of DHR International, an executive...

By Steve Yanda  | December 22, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Terps To Tackle NJIT Highlanders As If National Champs

After a 10-day layoff for exams, Maryland returns to Comcast Center tonight to face Division I novices NJIT, otherwise known as the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Highlanders (2-6), who were granted full NCAA Division I status in...

By Liz Clarke  | December 22, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Cliff Tucker, Gary Williams, Maryland basketball, NJIT  
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Maryland sold out ticket allotment for Military Bowl

My apologies, folks. Meant to publish this much earlier today. So if you haven't already heard, Maryland has sold out its allotment of 10,000 tickets for the Military Bowl. Here's the full press release, issued Tuesday afternoon by bowl game...

By Steve Yanda  | December 21, 2010; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Source: John Donovan has informed Ralph Friedgen he will not coach Terps in Military Bowl

Updated 10:46 p.m. After former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin accepted the head coaching gig at Vanderbilt last week, Coach Ralph Friedgen tabbed running backs coach John Donovan to call plays for the Terrapins during the Dec. 29 Military Bowl...

By Steve Yanda  | December 21, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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How the coaching change will affect Maryland football recruiting

Maryland's decision to terminate the contract of Coach Ralph Friedgen generated an immediate and strong reaction from at least one member of its prospective 2011 recruiting class. Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) High tight end Ryan Malleck de-committed from the Terrapins...

By Steve Yanda  | December 21, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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AD Kevin Anderson not concerned that his reputation may have taken a hit due to decision on Ralph Friedgen

Certainly, arguements could be made in favor of not retaining Ralph Friedgen as Maryland's head football coach. Chief among them would be the fact that fan interest has dwindled dramatically in recent seasons and, consequently, the school's athletic department has...

By Steve Yanda  | December 21, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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How many Maryland football assistants will stay on board through the Military Bowl?

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said Monday that he has met with the football team's current assistants twice since Friday and that they have pledged to coach the Terrapins through the Military Bowl on Dec. 29. For clarity's sake, Anderson...

By Steve Yanda  | December 21, 2010; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mike Leach: Sally Jenkins' take on the man

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson acknowledged this afternoon that former Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach was on the list of potential replacements for Ralph Friedgen as the Terrapins' next football coach. At least three people with knowledge of the situation...

By Washington Post Sprots  | December 20, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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MD Pres Loh: '[$2 million Friedgen buyout] Is What Integrity Is All About'

A final word from Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, who closed Monday’s press conference announcing the roughly $2 million buyout of the final year of Coach Ralph Friedgen’s contract: Loh said that he felt in November that retaining Friedgen...

By Liz Clarke  | December 20, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  | Tags:  Maryland football, Ralph Friedgen, athletic director Kevin Anderson, buyout  
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Kevin Anderson announces Ralph Friedgen's departure

One month and two days ago, Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson publicly said that Ralph Friedgen would return to coach the Terrapins football team in 2011. Today, he is saying that is not the case. We'll keep you updated on...

By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Maryland QB Danny O'Brien won't make 'rash decision,' mom says

Danny O’Brien, Maryland’s starting quarterback and the ACC’s rookie of the year, will wait until Ralph Friedgen’s successor is hired before he evaluates the situation and decides what’s best for the redshirt freshman, his mother said Monday. “That would make...

By Eric Prisbell  | December 20, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Retirement discussions went nowhere; Ralph Friedgen to be fired after bowl game

Updated 12:09 p.m. Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen will be fired following the Dec. 29 Military Bowl after retirement discussions between the 63-year-old coach's representative and university officials went nowhere, according to a source close to Friedgen. Friedgen's contract will...

By Steve Yanda  | December 20, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
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Kevin Anderson to hold press conference at 3 p.m.

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson will hold a press conference Monday at 3 p.m. "to discuss the football program," according to a release issued by the athletic department. Football Coach Ralph Friedgen has been asked to accept a buyout, though...

By Steve Yanda  | December 20, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Football players told to expect Friedgen to coach team in Military Bowl

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has told his players to expect him to lead the team in its upcoming bowl game, according to two team sources. The Terrapins will face East Carolina in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on Dec....

By Steve Yanda  | December 19, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Kevin Anderson's handling of Ralph Friedgen is 'completely terrible,' Kevin Barnes says

Washington Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes, who played under Ralph Friedgen for five seasons at Maryland, said the way Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has handled the Terps' coaching situation is “completely terrible." “You can put it on the record: I think...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Maryland to honor contracts of current football assistants

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has informed the football team's assistant coaches that the school will pay out the remainder of their contracts and has asked them to coach the team through the Military Bowl on Dec. 29, according to...

By Steve Yanda  | December 19, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Sources: Maryland to try to hire Mike Leach

Maryland is expected to try to hire former Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach as head football coach once the school announces Ralph Friedgen’s departure after a 10-year tenure, according to three sources familiar with the situation. The announcement on Friedgen,...

By Eric Prisbell  | December 19, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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