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Posted at 5:53 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Maryland's John Donovan will call plays at Military Bowl

By Kathy Orton

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 on Wednesday at RFK Stadium.

“I made the decision he’ll call the plays, too,” Friedgen said.

With the departure of Franklin, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons, it was expected that Friedgen, Donovan or wide receivers coach Lee Hull would take over those duties. Ultimately, Friedgen decided to go with Donovan.

In his 10 seasons at Maryland, Donovan has served as an assistant recruiting coordinator, running backs coach and quarterbacks coach.

By Kathy Orton  | December 23, 2010; 5:53 PM ET
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All those things I said earlier this week about John Donovan... can I take those back?

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 23, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes. In my book anyone can change their mind when circumstances change. It's easy to react to a report that turns out to be wrong. Although I have learned on this site is better to give a guy the benefit of the doubt until the reports are confirmed and the reasons known. The attacks on KA are a good example.

Posted by: petecard | December 24, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

KA hasn't earned the benefit of the doubt. If it turns out he this program takes off and wins several ACC title games, wins BCS bowl games, and we become a regular top 15 team, I will be the first one on here admitting how wrong I was to question the move. I just don't see it happening though.

More likely, the program has some nice 9-10 win seasons the next couple years thanks to the players that Ralph handed to our next coach, and then the program eventually goes back to the state is was prior to Friedgen's arrival. If that turns out to be the case, will those who supported this move come back and admit they were wrong to want Friedgen gone?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Business vs improvement.Class vs classless termination = state of Terps football affairs recently.I said earlier that Donovan had the right to secure his career and family obligations first.I still tip my bill to J. Franklin and the way he's handling the Md. bowl game.I think both men helped make John's appearance possible.Thank you,and let's call some plays that puts some points up on the board the whole game.

Posted by: worcsterguy | December 28, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

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