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Posted at 7:35 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Randy Eaton to lead search committee for next football coach

By Steve Yanda

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 search firm, to be the lead consultant on the search. Richter formerly served as the athletic director at Wisconsin.

Eaton, who also serves as the athletic department's chief financial officer and who was the interim athletic director this summer after Debbie Yow departed for North Carolina State, will be joined on the committee by:

  • Linda Clement, vice president for student affairs
  • Barry Gossett, university donor and assistant treasurer of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents
  • Larry Grabenstein, chairman of the Maryland Gridiron Network and a past president of the Terrapin Club
  • Cheryl Harrison, senior associate athletic director for development
  • Robert W. Smith, university alumnus and donor
  • Charles Wellford, faculty athletics representative

By Steve Yanda  | December 22, 2010; 7:35 PM ET
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This must be one of those blue ribbon committees to ensure that the process is perceived as thorough and unbiased. Political correctness... garbage.

Posted by: petecard | December 22, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Almost all "money" and "development" people. Sounds like this is more about interfacing with Plank than it is evaluating football coaches. Good, bad or indifferent, this looks like the Plank/Leach show.

Posted by: jake177 | December 22, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Pure bunk! All for show. Shameful.

Posted by: Terps85 | December 22, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The research firm person Pat Richter - WAS the BEST TIGHT END the Redskins EVER HAD and one of the smartest smoothist players I have ever seen. He knew when it was time to retire and went did so with class. He was AD at U of Wisconsin for years and knows coaches and the college game better than most so called experts in the game. This was a great choice to help MD. get the best and most available coach for U of MD.

Posted by: vergens2 | December 22, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

End the farce and hire Leach now before we lose any recruits.

Posted by: srcog | December 22, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Just hire Leach and get it over with. I can't wait for the aerial assault the Terps are gonna lay down on the ACC.

Posted by: terpin | December 22, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Hire Bud Foster!

Posted by: fushezzi | December 23, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

And you left Plank of this list. Everyone knows he'll be part of the final decision.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 23, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Don't know if Richter was the best tight end the Skins ever had or even was the best at the time considering we had Jerry Smith, but he was a good player and a good punter. Once again, The Post didn't even recognize/know about a local connection...

Posted by: truke | December 23, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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