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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Ralph Friedgen's last stand: It's Military Bowl day

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland will kick off against East Carolina in the Military Bowl in about five hours. Here are some links to hold you over until then.

In case you haven't seen it yet, Ralph Friedgen had some frank words about his ouster from Maryland in Mike Wise's column. Check it out here.

The Terrapins' players hope to send their coach out on top with a win over the Pirates.

A season-by-season look at Friedgen's 10 years at Maryland.

Over at Hokies Journal, Mark Giannotto writes that Friedgen has not discussed joining Frank Beamer's staff at Virginia Tech. Beamer and Friedgen are longtime friends.

SMU Coach June Jones "turned down riches" to stay with the Mustangs, according to his agent, who didn't say which program would provide said riches. It's assumed to be Maryland, which reportedly interviewed Jones about its head coaching position. Auburn Coach Gene Chizik said Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn may have had contact with Maryland, though he was fuzzy on the details. The front-runner is still presumed to be former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.

And if you haven't yet read Eric Prisbell's story about Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith and the tribulations he and his family have been through, please do. It's fantastic.

And, switching gears, the Maryland men's basketball team is gearing up for the mighty Ospreys of North Florida tonight. The 18th-ranked women's basketball team cruised past La Salle in Tuesday's Terrapin Classic opener and will face No. 17 St. John's in the final this morning.

By Matt Bonesteel  | December 29, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
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