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Posted at 4:14 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Maryland AD declines to guarantee Friedgen's return in 2011

By Eric Prisbell

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announced on Nov. 18 that Coach Ralph Friedgen would return in 2011, the final year of his contract.

On a teleconference that just concluded, I asked Anderson if he was still firm with that stance and whether Friedgen was guaranteed to return in 2011. He said next week there will be an announcement concerning the future of the program and that right now “I am not going to answer that question.”

A school spokesperson said Friedgen was not on the teleconference because he was sick.

Anderson also said that Maryland did not make a counter-offer to try to keep James Franklin, the team's designated coach-in-waiting, from leaving for Vanderbilt.

Thoughts?

By Eric Prisbell  | December 17, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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Comments

Wow, a bit surprising. Mike Leach anyone???

Posted by: JamWhitt | December 17, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The announcement next week will be that Fridge will be given a contract extension. Always trying to create controversy, aren't you Prisbell?

Posted by: ebitda | December 17, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I would say that Anderson's comment is not good news for Ralph. It would have been easy for him to say that the coach would be here next year and that future year decisions will be made after the review of the season as was previously announced. If he has already decided to offer an extension then I would likely have said something more encouraging without announcing it.

editba, would you rather that Eric not report on this? It seems to me he merely reported the facts. Any controversy is because of the lack of communication form the athletic department.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Pete, I have to disagree....I assume this would be good news for Fridge extension fans, otherwise I think he would have made the announcement AFTER the bowl game....but we shall see

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

WTF? This guy Anderson must be a world class idiot. Your coach wins ACC COY and you won't commit to having back the next year!?! I can't think of a better way to lose recruits.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 17, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad franklyn is gone and its time for another direction. Some of Terp nation still want Fridgen back and I'm ok with that! But after 2011 we really need to change...

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 17, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I told you all - please look at the money - the money is not there to buy out Fridge AND shell out more than his total comp package. There's a 1.6 Bil shortage in the MD state budget this year. Pressure is on the Gov to let the State schools share and feel the pain yet again. The tightness in the athletic budget, coupled with the desired recruiting Fridge continuity factor, and the fact that out RB coach will be the new OC to be mentored by Fridge, will be the news. JMTCents

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Terpfan, you may be right, but if he is going to extend why wouldn't he at least say "yes" to the question about 2011? I don't understand why he wouldn't answer the question because he has already announced previously that the coach will be back. That's why I think he might pull the plug. That would really surprise me.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Look Fridge is done, he doesn't bring any good recruits...If Maryland was to sign a few of the states top recruits, the program would be in much better shape, but somehow the top recruits seem to go to Penn State, Florida, Alabama...Basically anywhere but Maryland...Maryland needs a new Coach, I wouldn't mind Leach, or even Randy Shannon, someone that could keep the state's top recruits and put together a better team...Terps fans are sick of the mediocracy

Posted by: babycas2000 | December 17, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Pete, I dont know and we dont really see the exact question that was asked and we also dont see the entire response in quotes either..the quotes only say "I am not going to answer..."......I can easliy envision that it was a two part question like "can you tell us what this means to Ralphs status next year and beyond" and he said something like "I am not going to answer that right now because there will be a fuller answer on the direction of the program next week"

You are right that he already committed to Ralph next year so it would have been easy to stop his answer right there....I just think if the news were bad for Fridge, he would have scheduled the fuller announcement after the Dec 29 game rather than the week before....I also remember that he timed the last good news for Fridge just before a big game (FSU, NCSt..cant remember which).....either way, thats my take....I think you know where I stand but lets see

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA...I think you're right. The announcement next week will time up with the start of the bowl week. Ralph with an extension and a win in the bowl gives MD forward momentum heading into the spring signing period.

Back to the last thread, I disagree with you Terpfan about extending Ralph being a short term strategy. To not extend him leaves MD vulnerable for 2 successive years in recruiting as well as 2 successive years on shoring up the coaching staff. What quality OC wants to come to MD not knowing if the HC will be there in a year? Moreover, any incoming OC who thinks "Well, if I do a good job, maybe I'll land the HC" is an idiot. Not extending Ralph and leaving him hanging in the wind sends a clear signal to any future coach about the administration: this is how we treat our coaches.

Not extending him also kills the positive momentum just gained. It creates a toxic environment. It creates an environment where a reinforcing loss cycle will kick in. And it pisses off Under Armor. Kevin Plank didn't pay up last year to buy out Ralph. You think he'd be happy canning Ralph after COY?

Instead, extend him, attract a good young OC, build momentum over the next 2 or 3 years, and then make the change. A lost recruiting year at that point doesn't hurt like losing 2 by leaving Ralph hanging.

And Terptek...I agree with you that MD needs to poo or get off the pot when it comes to deciding who we are: Are we more interested in winning non-revenue sports or winning in football and basketball? Yow, Kirwin, and Mote's strategy became disconnected from it's actions: they forgot football and hoops bring in the money.

But, man, I'd love Mike Leach as coach. The ACC wouldn't know what to do against his teams. Thank god Miami didn't ink him.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 17, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Yep, like I said, there is plenty of ammo to support either extending or not extending Fridge...I would have waited until I saw how next season developed but obviously Anderson felt he needed to do something now and he did...I just cant imagine it being anything other than an extension at this point....if his decision was to not extend, he would wait ...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

If our new athletic director forces Friedgen out after winning ACC COY, I will not be renewing my season tickets next year and won't give another dime to the school. I am sure there are others that feel the same way.

ESPN is now reporting Fridge is being forced out and accept a buyout.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5931102&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

I will say that it is still possible that Kevin Anderson simply resented the question from Prisbell, since it is so obvious to anyone that Friedgen should be back next year, and that's why he didn't answer the question. I really hope that's it, and not that Kevin Anderson is the biggest imbecile in the history of sports.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ralph is done -- simply put the Anderson no comment together with the fact that Franklin is taking a bunch of coaches with him to Vandy. Most would stay if they felt confident they'd have a job.

Posted by: milfordone | December 17, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If ESPN is correct, that would be surprising. It would also send a signal that Anderson is very serious about making significant improvements in football immediately....

Its also very possible that the public airing of contracts/bonuses didnt sit well with the new boss...not that it was the major factor but it could have tipped the scales

If its true, he could rationilize it by saying that now he has to pay the same $1M, he was on the hook for to Franklin..because JF saves him $1M by leaving and he pays Fridge $2M so he is revenue neutral to 1 month ago and gets a new coach....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Look, if Fridge is leaving after next year, he should go now. No quality recruits are going to come to Maryland with a lame duck coach. Terps need a super recruiter and haven't really had one since Locksley left. It was Locks who recruited all of Vanlandingham's talent and continued to recruit for Fridge before he left to stock up Illinois. Neither team has recruited well after he left; that is not a coincidence. Leach is scum and would only use Maryland to get an upper tier job. Maryland is not even a good ACC job. The problem is that Maryland can't get fans to open their pocketbook like the top schools- and never will.

Posted by: Phillip258 | December 17, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

No idea about the big annoucement next week. I do know that Anderson is a big idiot:

1. Letting something like this slip during a conference call.
2. "Big annoucement" BEFORE the bowl game?
3. Possibly firing a coach after a 8-4 season

I'm mostly troubled by 1 and 2. I can understand number 3 because Franklin is apparently taking several coaches with him (please not Don Brown). Anderson clearly does not want to extend Friedgen's contract so it would difficult to hire a decent OC for 2011 (and all the other coaches that leave). Next year would be a disaster despite all the talent and promise on the team.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | December 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA SHUT THE **** UP ALREADY YOU STUPID SOB

Posted by: this_guy | December 17, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I emailed Kevin Anderson and intend to organize a boycott of the university if Friedgen is forced out.

I will not give another dime to the school if Anderson goes back on his word and I am certain many others will join in not renewing season tickets.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson will diversify the athletic department and emphasize academic excellence. That is part of the reason he was hired. Look for a new head coach either in 2011 (if Ralph takes the buyout) or in 2012 for sure. Once Gary leaves Maryland that program will also change drastically. It's a really bad budget picture statewide for the near future and they will hire less costly coaches once they have openings. The good news is that some coaches like Franklin will get a chance to be a head coach, too bad they couldn't have made it happen for next year. UMD is not the same university of the last 30 years. The athletic department is changing as well to reflect the new University image and academic reputation. The budget is another driver. Fan attendance isn't Ralph's fault, it's just a reflection of the area's demographics changing and more options for your Saturday afternoons.

Posted by: bfjam | December 17, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Chick Hernandez reporting that Kevin Anderson is looking at Ty Willingham. UMD might as well hold up a sign: Whites Need Not Apply

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

If our new athletic director forces Friedgen out after winning ACC COY, I will not be renewing my season tickets next year and won't give another dime to the school. I am sure there are others that feel the same way.

ESPN is now reporting Fridge is being forced out and accept a buyout.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5931102&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

Posted by: Barno1
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I will be out too Barno. One's word one is one's word, regardless of the Coach Franklin hiring.

If AD Anderson makes the wrong, disloyal move, he too will not be honoring the work our football coach has done for us these past 10 seasons. I do think you're right that Kevin knows what's best AND will get his Two Cents in... not that he maes the decision, but he knows how this business works too ;-)

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This is incredible. Maryland made it to ONE bowl in 18 years before the Fridge. He's taken us to SEVEN bowls in ten years. We must want to go back to the good old days. Amazingly bad decision. Unbelievable.

Posted by: DNR1 | December 17, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

For Barno1...you go ahead with that boycott. I for one will double my contributions to the Terrapin Club if Mike Leach is hired! Terps would be frontline news and highly relevant in college football again. I do see you point, though. How dare KA try to do something dynamic to improve the school's position. How dare he not stand loyal to Ralph, a guy who tried to go around him and negotiate an extension through the press. Ralph precipitated this with his backdoor negotiating. He's had a good run...time to go.

Posted by: hatagain | December 17, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

November 18, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Thursday that Ralph Friedgen will be the Terps head football coach in 2011.

"Based largely on the improved performance of our team and student-athletes this season, Coach Friedgen will be our head football coach next year," Anderson said.
------------------------

Lying scumbag

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

For Barno1...you go ahead with that boycott. I for one will double my contributions to the Terrapin Club if Mike Leach is hired! Terps would be frontline news and highly relevant in college football again. I do see you point, though. How dare KA try to do something dynamic to improve the school's position. How dare he not stand loyal to Ralph, a guy who tried to go around him and negotiate an extension through the press. Ralph precipitated this with his backdoor negotiating. He's had a good run...time to go.

Posted by: hatagain | December 17, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Chick Hernandez reporting that Kevin Anderson is looking at Ty Willingham. UMD might as well hold up a sign: Whites Need Not Apply

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 6:55 PM

Uh, WTF? I'm neutral about Friedgen and I can see a reason to buy him out now to avoid the lame duck season next year, but Willingham? All he does is make lots of money and lose lots of game. That guy is a terrible coach!!!

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | December 17, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Barno - Chick also noted that Leach was a possibility. Leach is white. Selective hearing on your part. Not racist selective hearing, I'm sure.

And don't worry - I will pick up the slack on your season tickets. It's about time someone showed a little devotion to building a superior program. If only you could boycott this message board...

Posted by: caphillterp | December 17, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's bring in Mike Leach, a man who tortures his players, gets fired in disgrace, and then sues media outlets. Greeaaat idea buddy. I'm sure you're $25 donations to the Terp Club will make all the difference to account for those that will boycott.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

anyone who wants leach is just showing how little they know about college football.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 17, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 (or is it barnacleBill)...you're a clown...(1) first of all you apparently know nothing about the Leach/Craig James episode or you wouldn't make such stupid statements, (2) I've had my fanny and 5 figure donations behind MD football for decades; and (3) if Leach is named head coach Byrd will be sold out all year long next year.

Posted by: hatagain | December 17, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Barno,
You're just being overtly racist now. Please boycott the school and the blog as soon as possible. My only regret today is that I don't get to see your face paint melting from the tears.

Posted by: epdaly | December 17, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The ESPN report also says, though, that Mike Lockesly would be in the running. Anderson needs some PR training ASAP. You don't leave an information vacuum for this stuff to seep into.

If Anderson is about to pull a move like this, he better have Leach already locked in. Willingham is a joke and Lockesly has so many issues aside from the lack of wins at UNM.

You only do this if you have Leach. And good lord if Leach does come to MD. I'm giddy thinking about it.

I can't believe Anderson is allowing this swirl to occur. Bad management. Bad management. This type of stuff hurts the program more than letting Franklin go. I bet this is all bunk, and Anderson will extend Ralph.

Who is steering the ship in College Park? Yeesh...Maryland has some of the best PR and Marketing programs in the nation. Walk across campus and get some advice!

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 17, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

If Franklin raids Terps staff not sure Fridge is the man to lead the rebuild/reorg. If we can get Leach bring him on.

Posted by: wcu73 | December 17, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 (or is it barnacleBill)...you're a clown...(1) first of all you apparently know nothing about the Leach/Craig James episode or you wouldn't make such stupid statements, (2) I've had my fanny and 5 figure donations behind MD football for decades; and (3) if Leach is named head coach Byrd will be sold out all year long next year.

Posted by: hatagain
_________________________

did you ever hear of character issues? Is Leach worth a risk and a huge (2 MIl for Fridge) hit to the school budget worth it? There's NO WAY a former Army AD will bring in a coach that treats some of his players worse than a Marine Corps bootcamp Sargeant...There's more to the story than your simple little Craig James and that's it comment. If you are a big backer of Terps Football, you must be one of the "minority" supporters who wanted Gary out too. Respect what Fridge has done - u have no respect...

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"You're just being overtly racist now"-epdaly

epdaly somehow you keep managing to outdo yourself by making the most incredibly idiotic baseless comments imaginable. Please explain how wanting a colorblind process is racist. Please explain how wanting the best man for the job REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR is racist. You are naive beyond words epdaly.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

why do people want leach? he has never been successful. he had 1 great year, but still never made it to the big 12 championship game. he never did well recruiting, and never NEVER had anyone beating his door down to hire him. Every year he tried to extort more $$ out of Tech until they finally said "if someone else wants you then go."

Posted by: mcmelton | December 17, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Ty is our Guy: (qualifies as most clueless reporting/commenting of the day)

7–4–1 5–3 4th L Liberty
7–5 5–3 3rd W Sun
5–6 3–5 T–7th
3–8 2–6 T–8th
8–4 7–1 1st L Rose †
5–6 4–4 4th
9–3 6–2 T–2nd L Seattle
Stanford: 44–36–1 32–24

2002 10–3 L Gator
2003 5–7
2004 6–5* Insight*
Notre Dame: 21–15 *Fired before Insight Bowl

2–9 1–7 10th
5–7 3–6 9th
4–9 2–7 10th
0–12 0–9 10th
Washington: 6-29

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The buyout is simple..clothing giant can take care of that with the swipe of a pen

Serious..Fridge is gone!!If anderson does not have someone in mind then terps are in real trouble..do some research...what coaches are really available..

love to hear some ideas..no bs about season tickets and what you are going to do..just some open discussion..

Posted by: carolina1 | December 17, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Epdaly shut the hell up. Baron1 didn't say anything racist you idiot. Ugh some people are just plain dumb.

Posted by: this_guy | December 17, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

How about Bill Obrien?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Aint that something on Marylands end..just saying

http://www.justsayingit.com

Posted by: taratirova | December 17, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Pitt may be considering Leach, but look what this reporter said:

Pitt will probably not interview Leach. The cautious Pitt administration is naturally inclined to stay away from anyone who has two lawsuits going on at the same time, one against Texas Tech, the other against ESPN and Spaeth Communications, the P.R. firm hired by Craig James, father of the player Leach allegedly mistreated.

Does UMD have the same or Higher standards than Pitt? I hope so...

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

How about Bill Obrien?

Posted by: TerpfanMA
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Nah, we already have a QB coach. Seriously, maybe he can return again and be groomed by Fridge for OC...

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Everybody calm down; remember how often ESPN and the Post have been wrong. These guys aren't reporters, they are gossip mongers. I think the clock has run out on Fridge; no recruit now believes that he will be around here for their entire careers. Maryland is already at a disadvantage because its facilities to mach up to the top ones in the southeast and they can't raise the kind of money that the tops schools can. Without a first rate recruiter (like Mike Locksley) it has no chance. If they are going to move him out, do it now, if not give him a five year extension. But the fans, who are notoriously some of the cheapest in the country can't compete with the top schools in the region. Understand that nothing works without players and the Terps need to get a top recruiter and provide him with stability.

Posted by: Phillip258 | December 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, can anyone say Chancellor John Slaughter? Hiring a coach without a national search and the input of people close to the athletic department would be a huge mistake.

Firing the ACC Coach of the Year would alienate a lot of long-time Maryland boosters.

Trying to figure out how Locksley is such a great recruiter with a 2-22 record at New Mexico, charges of hitting assistants, and sexual harassment charges against him. That would look good in a press release. Guy can't win at a third-tier academic institution.

Posted by: Terpinator1 | December 18, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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