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Posted at 7:16 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Sources: Maryland moving toward asking Ralph Friedgen to retire, accept buyout

By Matt Bonesteel

The University of Maryland is moving toward asking football coach Ralph Friedgen to retire and accept a buyout early next week, according to three sources close to the football program with knowledge of the financial details involved in such a move. Read Eric Prisbell's story here.

By Matt Bonesteel  | December 17, 2010; 7:16 PM ET
 
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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.
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Kevin Anderson is a lying scumbag. And an idiot. Why on earth would you force out the reigning ACC Coach of the Year, after a likely 9 win season and a very bright future with the ACC ROY at QB? It doesn't make any sense. Our new AD is a joke.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

No he isn't. He is making a play for one of the most dynamic offense minds in college football. I respect Ralph for what he has given us, but this is business. You make tough decisions at a moments notice for the benefit of your organization. Leach consistently had one of the best offensive teams in the country and beat Texas. We had a nice run in an utterly mediocre ACC.

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

Leach was not as successful as you people make him out to be. Not one legitimate program ever tried to hire him away from Tech... Tech didn't even pay him market wage b/c they didn't have to. Now because he is "colorful" idiots have turned him into Bear Bryant. He never made it to a single conference championship, never had great recruiting and the schools that replaced him as OC didn't have significant drop off in production. This would be a stupid CLASSLESS act.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 17, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Espn is now opening calling out Kevin Anderson...calling this an "embarrassing, disorganized display of leadership."

FROM ESPN:

There is miscommunication and confusion going on at Maryland right now.

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson is strongly considering asking coach Ralph Friedgen to take a buyout and retire, ESPN.com's Joe Schad is reporting. Friedgen did not answer his cell phone for immediate comment, and a source said he went home instead of participating in a scheduled teleconference with Anderson and reporters this afternoon.

The program is being torn apart at the seams, and there's literally nothing this staff can say to hide it from recruits.

Forget next year, these guys don't know if they'll be employed next week.

Earlier today, offensive coordinator James Franklin left to be Vanderbilt's head coach, and he reportedly plans to take several assistants with him. Sources said that Friedgen left the office today without talking to any staff members about the situation, and everyone was left wondering about their futures. The assistants, their families, and the players are the ones who have been hurt the most by the upheaval at Maryland - not Friedgen. He'll get a cool $2 million out of the deal.

If Maryland is going to salvage this mess (and what an embarrassing, disorganized display of leadership this has been), it's going to have to come from Kevin Plank.

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/20018/maryland-staff-players-left-in-limbo

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

What the &!@# is going on here? This move makes no damn sense.

Franklin leaving is a good thing for several reasons:
1. He won't be our head coach
2. Having assistant coaches being hired away is a sign of a GOOD program.
3. Play calling next year will improve.

So why on earth would his departure change Friedgen's future? Next season was looking so bright and this program will all the sudden be in shambles. What if Danny O'brien transfers? What about our current year recruiting class?

This is ridiculous. The only acceptable replacements would be Urban Meyer, Bob Stoopes, or someone else of that caliber (to which Mike Leach is not).

I'll echo Barno and rescind my tickets and donations to the school if this happens. Fire Kevin Anderson. Worst. Hire. Ever.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | December 17, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I have said all along that Ralph has earned the right to coach next year. But, we don't know the dynamics that exist within the athletic department and how the departure of Franklin impacted the whole situation. If Kevin Anderson is doing this (making the hard call now) I will be giving him the benefit of the doubt. The easy thing to do would be to extend the Fridge's contract for a year and buy time. The stupid thing to do would be to give him a longer extension. But the gutsy thing to do is for Anderson to make a call right now on the longer term future of the program. So if this is the case, what is the major concern? It's the selection process for the next HC. Does he have a compelling leading candidate? Has he been working this for a while. If the answer to both is "yes" then I say... Hooray for our AD. I am all in. If the answer is "no" then we will have to wait and see. But right now, I am in Anderson's court.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I've already heard from several fellow season ticket holders who plan to not renew their season tix if Anderson forces Friedgen out. If they thought the crowds were small before, just wait to see what they look like after you boot Friedgen.

Pre Ralph 1993-2000: 32,582 average attendance

Post Ralph 2001-2009: 49,187 average attendance

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a big supporter of the Fridge. He has done a very good and consistent job and he does it at a place that has a real disadvantage in football

Posted by: petecard | July 30, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

right now, I am in Anderson's court.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Ah Petecard, the flip flopper. I think you have a very different definition of "big supporter" than the rest of the planet.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Pete, you may have called this one as soon as it broke...at first I couldnt believe it but it seems to be getting darker by the hour for Fridge....If that is the way it turns out, it is clear Fridge wasnt in KAs long term plan and he decided to act immediately......dont discount the impact of Fridges public grousing about bonuses, extensions, bowl games etc....You just dont do that with a brand new boss...ever...


I too will give KA the benefit of the doubt and as a fan will support/cheer for UMD whoever the coach is

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

So Fargo, is that a promise? Can we count on you to ST*U on this site too?

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

Please everyone, notice how Fargo has edited my comment this evening (the 6th comment in this trail) to fit his own means, leaving out material segments. This is his typical sleazy way.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

What a joke our administrationi is. So, let's some this up: Let's get rid of the ACC COY. Let's get rid of the only guy to win here in the past 25 years. Let's get rid of a guy that bleeds red and gold. Let's get rid of someone who geniunely believes in developing leaders on and off the field. Let's get rid of our coach when we are poised to win the ACC next year. Let's do all this so we can go after Leach who was fired for locking a concussed player in a shed. I hope to God none of this is true. If so, Anderson should be fired immediately. He's already botched this whole thing royally. What a joke. I'm with Barno. If Fridge is fired, I'd have to consider canceling my season tickets.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 17, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous.

You want mediocrity? How about wasting the 3 years of the best QB we've had in years while a new coaching staff implements its system and the players get acclimated to that system and the style/nuances of the new coach staff.

You think it's hard to sell tickets to this bowl game? Try selling season tickets next year after getting rid of the ACC COY and further abandoning (sp) a fan base that has loyally stood by Fridge for the last ~10 years.

What's next? Getting rid of Gary for Mike Montgomery?

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he does that all the time...notice also a couple of things about the attendance figures he quotes..

1) He doesnt include 2010 numbers...why?

2) He compares a 9 year reign of Fridge vs an 8 year previous...again why?

Obviously because a 10 vs 10 compare would not look as glaring


and yes, we know his cut/pastes are usually manipulated /cut also

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The timing of this makes no sense. Why now, a week and a half before the bowl game? Is Leach such a hot commodity? How is this going to help the program at all?

Perhaps if they brought in Leach as an off coordinator to Fridge with a soft guarentee that he would succeed him, I can understand. Leach is no Meyer or Saban. And if Franklin is your man, then why wait until after he takes another job to go this direction?

Back to the bowl game, if Kevin thinks he is slick by waiting until after most of the tickets have been purchased to announce this, he can keep my $55 dollars and shove it up his A$$ because I wont renew next year.

Posted by: terpape | December 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

hahaha, I didn't "edit" anything Petecard. Looks like you have returned to your old "taken out of context" defense. So Petecard, how exactly is quoting your comment that "right now I am in Anderson's court" taken out of context? Please explain.

And no, no matter what happens with the coaching search, I won't stop commenting here and certainly won't stop calling you out on your blatant contradictions.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

You want mediocrity?

Leach finished .500 or worse in conference in half of his seasons at Texas Tech. I don't care what conference you are in. .500 or less is the definition of mediocre.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

1) He doesnt include 2010 numbers...why?

2) He compares a 9 year reign of Fridge vs an 8 year previous...again why?

Obviously because a 10 vs 10 compare would not look as glaring


and yes, we know his cut/pastes are usually manipulated /cut also

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

No, you unbelievable moron, you have it wrong yet again.

I compiled those numbers early in the 2009 season and posted them on here then. If you had been on the Terps Insider prior to this year when you began your relentless attacks on Friedgen, maybe you'd have known that. At the time, it was an almost exact 8 year comparison, since it was very early on in the 2009 season.

God you're idiot Terpfan.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Franklin's departure brings a new dimension to the strategic direction and requisite decisions facing the program. Anderson's faced with the question of whether Friedgen is the guy to lead the program. With unfulfilled promises and program that in the past few years has been mired in mediocrity at best, I hope he seizes on this opportunity to make a change. It will be disruptive, no doubt, but past performance does not paint a promising picture of the future if Friedgen stays. I don't care how many bowl games we've beeen in under his reign, or average attendance compared with the past. We're not the consistent top 25 team he promised to deliver...and he's had 10 years to do it. We're going nowhere fast under current leadership. Seize the opportunity, Mr. Anderson and make a change. I'll renew my seats!

Posted by: DonRoberto1 | December 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I like Ralph Friedgen and think he's done a good job under the circumstances, but it's fascinating to hear all these people say the Maryland football program will take a tumble if he leaves. The attendance, or lack of it, speaks not as an indictment of Ralph, but of a fan base that treats football as second fiddle.

Maybe Leach can turn that around, but I can also foresee a Lou Saban situation where he'll jump to a place with a real football culture, something that sadly hasn't existed in College Park since the Jim Tatum era.

Posted by: VPaterno | December 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Can we buyout the AD? Anderson better have a good %$@# hire in his hand.

Posted by: island1 | December 17, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

First of all, where did the Leach talk come from? I didn't read that in Eric's post. Did I miss another report. If it is l
Leach then I consider that very exciting. But I think it is unlikely.
Now, Fargo. Do you even understand "out of context?" I guess not. But I started my comment with my support for Ralph coaching next year. Then I stated the obvious: that we don't know what has been going on all year within the athletic department. Finally, I said I am giving, at this point, the benefit of the doubt to the AD. And somehow that means that I have flip-flopped? Okay, Fargo, fine. If that is your definition of a flip flop then you are what you call EVERYBODY else on the blog that disagrees with you... you are an IDIOT.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Petecard: duh uh i uh, i love ralf fridge, uh du I really love him. But I also hate him. and he, uh he he should not coach our team, cus I dont like him anymore. and i dont wear flipp flobs so don't say i do. if if uh if that duh make sense. Now i go sleep.

Posted by: this_guy | December 17, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Petecard...that made zero sense. I don't even know how to respond other than to say you really have a knack for contradicting yourself and blaming others for calling you out on the blatant contradiction instead of owning up to them.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

aviscardo and terpape,,where are your seats(if you really have them) i will buy them just to get rid ov your butts..

ok put up or shut up...my offer is on the table

i await your decision

Posted by: carolina1 | December 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Pete, check ESPN.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5931102

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I need not comment further at this point since the idiots have exposed themselves. Just hope they give up their seats and concentrate on the Redskins. Oh, if we could get them to quit BB as well! Now there is a real "Dream Bill."

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Leach consistently had one of the best offensive teams in the country and beat Texas."

Big difference recruiting in Texas and recruiting around here.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 17, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

So now, after having been distracted by the Knick/Heat game, I actually read Eric's article and understand the Leach reference. All I can say is: I own no Under Armour gear, but I will become a devote if we get Leach. Finally! A real commitment to winning. Koolaid drinkers unite. Leave the program. The Skins are your kind of team. See ya!

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Leach = mediocrity

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Carolina1,
If you bought me and Barno's season tickets, that would be two more than you've ever bought in your life.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 17, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

But if Fridge is going why wouldn't Bud Foster be mentioned as a replacement? Same recruiting area, strong coach.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The last sentence of Dinich's entry that Barno pasted above:

"It's not Plank's job, though, to take care of the current staff and players -- it's Friedgen's, and today, he didn't get it done."

Wow.

If it's true that Franklin is taking multiple assistants with him to Vandy, what does that say about what's going on in the program? To lose every week in the SEC?

Let's address some of the Leach stuff. About his Big 12 conference record: The Big 12 South is a much tougher place to play than in either division of the ACC.

Texas has more talent: True and the top of that talent goes to Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. TTU never finished in the top half of Big 12 recruiting. MD/DC, VA, NC, PA, and NJ...very good recruiting grounds, especially for receivers. Do you think PSU will be able to come into Maryland to snag a Derrick Williams again if the other choice is to go to MD and catch 100 balls a year?

Leach has ethics issues: Maybe. But he had, I believe, the highest graduation rate in the Big 12. He never had one NCAA infraction at TTU. Locking Adam James in a shed...pretty bad. But he's not Bobby Knight. As far as anyone knows, that was the only instance of Leach doing anything like that. So MD can write a pretty strict contract and actually provide some oversight. Leach can allay some concerns by kicking back $100K for MD to hire someone to watch practices and report directly to the President of MD.

The ACC is one of the easiest rides into a BCS bowl. No one in the ACC has an offense like Leach's.

I still think this is a lot of BS, though. I can't believe Anderson would open this up for real unless he already had Leach lined up. If he pulls the trigger on Ralph and Leach doesn't come, he should be fired next week. If he pulls this off, though, MD wins 10 games next year.

What a mess in CP right now. All of this speculation hurts MD more on the recruiting trail than Franklin leaving. I can't believe that the program could be so easily hallowed out by just one coach leaving.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I am a season ticket holder who also won't be renewing next year if Friedgen is fired. I don't donate much money but give what I can (definitely not 5 figures as someone else said they give). I just don't have that kind of money to donate.

But I don't understand any of this. Fridge was coach of the year! And has a ton of talent coming back next year. Why in the would you ask him to retire?

The Petecards/terpfanMAs/carolina1 of this blog can claim they will buy tickets all they want, but those people don't even live around here. So those sounds like empty promises to me, unless they're going to drive from Massachusettes and North/South Carolina every week, which I doubt.

Posted by: this_guy | December 17, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Anderson was thrown a curve with Franklin's departure and apparently is taking steps to deal with it, which are still in progress. For now, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and taking him at his word that his goal is to move the program from "good to great".

While Ralph's public grousing about bonuses for assistants, and lobbying in the press for an extension was bush-league, it was no more than an irritant. The real problem is recruiting and retaining a coaching staff with Franklin now raiding the program.

A lame-duck HC is not the answer, and extending Ralph's contract marks time but doesn't move the program toward "great". Maybe Anderson is thinking about curtailing 27 sports to 17, investing the ACC-ESPN revenue increase in revenue sports, and hiring someone like Leach. I'm good with all that, and I bet the players and commits are too.

Posted by: RITerp | December 17, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

"aviscardo and terpape,,where are your seats(if you really have them) i will buy them just to get rid ov your butts.."

The seats are in Byrd Stadium which is located in College Park, Maryland. That rules out you attending, but I guess you could always resell them. Unfortunately I don't believe the athletics office accepts Monopoly money as a form of payment so I think you will need to come up with another plan.

Posted by: terpape | December 17, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Let us all gather together on the mall. We will embrace our devotion to the Fridge. We will chant our eternal devotion to his offensive schemes (however you read that). We will burn Kevin Anderson in effigy. We will seek to have Gary Williams instated as both football coach and basketball coach. We will mix the Koolaid. We will drink until we sleep....

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen will be asked to take a buyout and retire, a source familiar with the program said tonight.

The decision by first-year athletic director Kevin Anderson effectively ends Friedgen's tenure in College Park after 10 seasons at his alma mater and completes one of the program's most tumultuous days.

According to the source, Friedgen was asked to step aside Friday hours after offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting James Franklin accepted the head coaching position at Vanderbilt.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I love how Petecard mocks Dan Snyder's Redskins but then jumps on the big name Mike Leach bandwagon. Dude, signing the household name coach/player is just the kind of move Snyder has always done. Do you even think at all before you type?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Nice job of reporting Terpfan. Let us all gather together on the mall...

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I am a big supporter of the Fridge. He has done a very good and consistent job and he does it at a place that has a real disadvantage in football, mostly because prep football is just not that great in the heart of the maryland recruiting area and we will never compete nationally for the best players.

Posted by: petecard | July 30, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Let us all gather together on the mall. We will embrace our devotion to the Fridge. We will chant our eternal devotion to his offensive schemes (however you read that). We will burn Kevin Anderson in effigy. We will seek to have Gary Williams instated as both football coach and basketball coach. We will mix the Koolaid. We will drink until we sleep....

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. ContradictMyself is at it again

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

No one that matters listens to you anymore, Fargo.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

My only question is if you "stop all support and never contribute another dime to the University", are you still considered a fan?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Hearing this news tonite was a surprise.. I did not see this coming.. That being said, I think you have to take the following into account.
Ralph was hired as an alum of Maryland, to bring back winning football...Whether it was with Vanderlinden's players or not, he did.. Three awesome years,that we had not experienced in a long time..Then he wanted improvements to the facilities, which Maryland agreed to.. Upgrades to Byrd, practice facilities etc.., pretty much all the things that Ralph wanted, he got... But what has the school got in return since then.. A program floating around the .500 mark the last 6 years.. Yea, a few token bowl appearances, but nothing to be really proud of.. Don't bring up where we were before he got here, the point is he was here, the school gave him want he wanted, and didn't get a return on the investment made to him.. Football is now a business, and empty seats on a regular basis doesn't cut it..It's not Ralph's fault that the alumni doesn't support the program..They are token fans, at best..You can argue that.. I'd like to thank Ralph for his years to his alma mater.. Enjoy your retirement.. But, PLEASE, don't bring in that weirdo Leach.. He's not the answer..

Posted by: frostanna | December 17, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

If this turns out to be Fridges last year, and you are Maryland fans, you will be back in your seats next fall..guaranteed! Players come and go, and coaches come and go (although with less frequency) but the program goes on....it feels good to rant and threaten now but you will be back in your seats and on this blog come September

Go Terps (whoever is coaching)

C U at the Military Bowl Biatches!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

He calls Barno a racist, but yet it's TerpfanMA who openly discriminates against people based on their physical appearance. How many times has terpfanMA made fun of Friedgen's appearance, his weight, his diet, his speech? I don't think there is much of a difference between discriminating on the basis of race/sex/ethnicity/religion/physical appearance. It's all the same. Discrimination is discrimination.

Overweight/homely people get discriminated against all the time, maybe more than any other type of discrimination (other than religion). I think there's every reason to believe his weight is why Friedgen wasn't a head coach sooner considering his great track record as an assistant.

Posted by: this_guy | December 17, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

This is troubling to say the least. The Fridge has earned the right to come back next year. Maryland football was a friggin' punchline before he took over, not to mention he's an alum. This is the way you treat a loyal member of the Maryland family? What a bunch of crap.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 17, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

A link from Turtle-Soup.com:

Leach negotiating with MD:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121705846.html

It's hard to tell what's real here. I can't see Leach wanting to come in as OC, and I don't think Ralph would want him there. If this is going to happen, rip off the band aid and get it done.

Leach is the real deal, people. His offenses will rip through the ACC. He'll put butts in the seats.

If this goes down, it sucks for Ralph. It really does. There's no way around it. He deserves better. But...

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 17, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

And absolute must-read:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/thetoydepartment/2010/12/well_this_is_bizarre_and_uncla.html

The Baltimore Sun repeatdly calls Kevin Anderson unclassy. I don't think that goes far enough. If he goes back on his word, he deserves to lose his job and never been considered for an Athletic Director position again.

Kevin Anderson is a joke.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the guys at the top at UM have decided it is time to step to the big time. No reason why we cant be Wisconsin in football---no reason at all. So lets go do this. It is a shame that a good man and a good coach has to be pushed out like this--Ralph is both of those things. But new people come in and have a different perspective---this is very healthy. Next up on the hit parade----Hoops!!!

Posted by: beardown29 | December 17, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Trying to read real comments and avoiding the back & forth between "you know who".

As a former coach at Maryland who was hired by Lew Perkins and had to deal with Andy Gieger coming in, this is something Ralph should have had in the back of his mind. My sport dealt in year to year contracts so it was pretty easy to 1. ask me to resign or 2. set things in motion to have me dismissed. Of course it's not fair to Ralph but this is a business and as several have said, the fans will be back rooting for the school and the players no matter who the coach is. I went to school with Ralph and this hurts but there is no doubt that when Anderson was hired this topic was discussed by the President/Chancellor in private. Not sure its a class move but AD's do like to have their own people around them. Not sure he could do the same thing to Gary though (thank god).

Posted by: sjm3091 | December 18, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Barno- usually with you, and agree with your defense of Ralph and what he's done for the program, but have to disagree with slamming Kevin Anderson here. yes, anderson looks bad for going back on his word, but things took a dramatic turn when Franklin left. The difference between then, with Franklin on staff as a potential HCIW, and now, can not be overlooked. Now, Anderson was going to be left with a 63 yr old HC with 1 yr left on a contract, who had to find a new OC and DC, among others. The only way Ralph could fill those spots was with an extension. Does he deserve it??? Probably yes, but not knowing the direction with him at the helm, Anderson is completely justified in making his own hire. Especially if he brings in Leach. The speed of all this happening also makez me wonder if this has anything to do with keeping Don Brown around as a DC under leach.

Reagardless, if Leach is the man, get the DOB for Heisman campaign started

Posted by: asnis715 | December 18, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss something or is Debbie Yow still the AD?
Seriously, this is the same kind of tactic that she would pull: publicly question and humiliate the coaches who were not only successful but also alumni. Can't any of these ADs keep their friggin' mouths shut? The only thing this accomplishes is distraction for the players who need to concentrate on the game ahead. You don't say ANYTHING until the very end of the season. That's Public Relations 101! This kind of action, especially towards the ACC Coach of the Year, shows that Anderson has ABSOLUTELY NO concept of what good PR is.

I know everyone is in turmoil about this, but this was to be suspected. Coaches/ACs come and go. Franklin could have been a rich man, maybe even the head coach at MD if he had stayed, but he obviously wanted to be a head coach really bad. Now he's got a really bad team to coach.

But before all the petecards and terp"fans" start kissing Mike Leach's a__, let's make sure that a) he may not be interested, and b) he had one decent season where he beat Texas, but ended up stinking up the joint the last 3 games they played that season. Getting a "big name" to come to MD will not guarantee great results nor will it guarantee putting butts in the seats.

Who's drinking kool-aid now?

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 18, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

BTW, if you want to find out if hiring a big name like Leach gets you anywhere, look no further than just down the road. The Redskins hire a big name coach and and a big name QB. How's that working for ya?

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 18, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

aviscardo and ter-ape...does that have a hidden meaning...i figured you were not serious..you buy single game seats ya cheap sob...

i will buy your seats....

mine are section 204 row a

so yes i do have seats ya turd brains

terp-ape rather interesting i can only speculate one away

Posted by: carolina1 | December 18, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

I have had football tickets sine 2000 and no way will I give them up. After our nice run in the beginning of the early years of Ralph, I noticed more and more people were disappearing. This year we have 60% out suites unsold, didn't sell out a single game, and ended up in a crappy bowl game because of that. This program needs excitement and electricity to bring people in. And don't say this area isn't football crazy - looks at Skins fans.

If we kept Ralph, we would have had a lame duck coach with a 1 yr contract w/o the his best recruiter BY FAR, and then KA would have been in a giant mess after next year, as would have the team. Did he do the right thing? Yes. Was it painful? Yes. But it's life - get over it and support the team and players. And if you all bail because of this you were never fans to begin with.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | December 18, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

If Maryland hires Mike Leach, who treats his players like dirt, I'm canceling my season tickets and leaving the Terrapin Club and MGN. The new AD is a disaster! A winning season and yet we're in bigger disarray than the Redskins.

Posted by: terpalleycat | December 18, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

reserve your comments untilthe full plan is revealved..hopefully the new ad has a plan that will take the terps to a new level....just do not hire dan little dicksynder or his croanie redface drunk shaaanihan..

Posted by: carolina1 | December 18, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

ML3...I agree with you, but we do have to allow people to get all of it out of their system. These people won't leave. Change is tough. If this change really happens. Count me a skeptic.

On the last thread, I think it was Terptek who boiled down Anderson's decision to extend or not. If he extends Ralph, Ralph would have 3 years to make gains on this season. Losing Franklin probably didn't affect much of that, but I think the news that Brown, Hull, and Donovan might leave with Franklin really changes things.

The decision not to extend Ralph comes down to get rid of him now. Take the hit now, don't let this drama spill over into next season to ruin the following season. I think the 4 other assistants potentially moving on made the "do not extend" appear more attractive.

I do not think Anderson has handled the optics of this too well, though. I can't believe he'd do this without a firm in on someone like Leach. Willingham and Lockesly would be unmitigated disasters. You only do this, even hint at doing this, if you've got an Ace in the pocket.

That Ace must be Kevin Plank. He refused to pony up when Yow passed the hat to get Ralph out last year. The only way this works now, due to budget issues, is if Plank does pony up now. Plank would also have to pony up on the UA endorsement deal with Leach to come to MD. I can't believe Anderson would make these moves ad hoc. You'd have to at least think about these issues, otherwise Anderson will have put MD football on the death penalty for the next 2 years. High stakes.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 18, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

God Bless, Big Ralph.

In his heart of hearts, he knows it's time to move on. Ten years at ones alma mater is the stuff of dreams, and he put our program back on the map.

Usually, the time is never right to make a major change, but the neon lights are flashing. Clean house now. Give Leach the keys. Let DOB blossom into the Terp's most legitimate Heisman candidate since the 50s and 70s.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

still mystyfied by people's infactuation with Leach. He has a mediocre track record. The only place he had any true success was as the OC at Valdosta State, and his 1 year as OC at Oklahoma (both place have faired just as well without him). It should be a clue that noone else has tried to hire him. TTech was able to pay him less than nearly every other Big12 coach b/c the only interview he could get with another program was Washington.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 18, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Well, this has been quite the 18-hour period. I was as worked up as some others last night and ready to roast Anderson with a flamethrower if this was really some kind of insane "Fire Fridge to bring in Willingham" scenario. But I didn't have enough information yet to do that.

This morning I've read stuff dating back to January that I was not aware of. Bottom line being that Kevin Plank has the most power in Maryland Football decisions and he is apparently tight with Mike Leach. Leach being successor to Fridge seems to have been a high probability this whole year and we just weren't paying attention to that.

I personally love Fridge and agree wholeheartedly with the need to respect him. It's definitely very unfortunate this has gotten so messy. On the positive side for Fridge he'll get some very lovely parting cash and truth-be-told his life and family will benefit greatly from his ability to now really embrace the healthy lifestyle without the pressures.

As far as Leach, I can't really say a lot on Xs and Os. But I can say these things. 1. I read everything I could find on him and the Adam James situation when that went down. I was appalled as many others were at first. After digging in to it I found myself liking him a lot and seeing both Craig and Adam James as pathetic, sick twits. With a healthy dose of blame to ESPN for spinning the pro-James line of BS. In my view Mike Leach is in reality a very compelling, creative, highly intelligent, innovative and perfectly fine human being. I can't speak to the football side much, but on the human questions I think he is actually the opposite of how he was painted and have no problem with him becoming the Maryland HC. The real issue to me is how long he'd be truly in for at Maryland and from what I can tell the Plank connection may ensure he is truly on board for the long haul. All things considered it should be a good to possibly great era of Maryland Football coming up.

Posted by: jake177 | December 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Well, this has been quite the 18-hour period. I was as worked up as some others last night and ready to roast Anderson with a flamethrower if this was really some kind of insane "Fire Fridge to bring in Willingham" scenario. But I didn't have enough information yet to do that.

This morning I've read stuff dating back to January that I was not aware of. Bottom line being that Kevin Plank has the most power in Maryland Football decisions and he is apparently tight with Mike Leach. Leach being successor to Fridge seems to have been a high probability this whole year and we just weren't paying attention to that.

I personally love Fridge and agree wholeheartedly with the need to respect him. It's definitely very unfortunate this has gotten so messy. On the positive side for Fridge he'll get some very lovely parting cash and truth-be-told his life and family will benefit greatly from his ability to now really embrace the healthy lifestyle without the pressures.

As far as Leach, I can't really say a lot on Xs and Os. But I can say these things. 1. I read everything I could find on him and the Adam James situation when that went down. I was appalled as many others were at first. After digging in to it I found myself liking him a lot and seeing both Craig and Adam James as pathetic, sick twits. With a healthy dose of blame to ESPN for spinning the pro-James line of BS. In my view Mike Leach is in reality a very compelling, creative, highly intelligent, innovative and perfectly fine human being. I can't speak to the football side much, but on the human questions I think he is actually the opposite of how he was painted and have no problem with him becoming the Maryland HC. The real issue to me is how long he'd be truly in for at Maryland and from what I can tell the Plank connection may ensure he is truly on board for the long haul. All things considered it should be a good to possibly great era of Maryland Football coming up.

Posted by: jake177 | December 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post. got some error message and thought it didn't work the first time.

Posted by: jake177 | December 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This team is geared for and ready to win with ralphs system...we r looking at a great year next year,...a change at this time would put all that at risk....what about the kids?,,,we Have a good team,,,,,soon to be greater...unless unessesarily disrupted....this is devastating to the kids....this could cost theACC title next year...don't do this now!

Posted by: Joevellano | December 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

This team is geared for and ready to win with ralphs system...we r looking at a great year next year,...a change at this time would put all that at risk....what about the kids?,,,we Have a good team,,,,,soon to be greater...unless unessesarily disrupted....this is devastating to the kids....this could cost theACC title next year...don't do this now!

Posted by: Joevellano | December 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Carolina1,
You commute from North Carolina for every game? Wow, this further confirms my belief that there is absolutely nothing to do in North Carolina.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

jake177, If ever one could be excused for a double posting it is with yours. That is one of the best comments I have ever read on TI. You nailed it. Thanks.

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Barno, Ralph should be thanked for making Maryland Football matter again. However, just as he as an 8-4 COY, he was also a 2-10 dud last year, and 5-6 several times. The stadium is half empty. The program is losing 2 million a year. What do you expect Anderson to do?

Franklin is walking out the door with most of the best assistant coaches. If anything, blame him and the previous AD for forcing the issue. Having a lame duck coach with no staff is not a way to run a program and Anderson saw that. You apparently don't.

Posted by: NFTerps | December 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

JoeV...you're right. The kids are caught up in this mess. They've done nothing but work hard, stay out of trouble, do well in classes...everything that's been asked of them and more. I feel bad for both the players and Ralph. I really do. This just goes to show you how much of a business this all is. Congress allows athletic departments to operate as non-profits, but athletic departments sure act like for-profits, don't they.

I went to grad school at OU when Leach was there for a year. He's an eccentric character for sure. A lapsed Mormon with a law degree and a love of pirates. His hire immediately cuts through the media clutter in the Washington-Baltimore area.

If anyone on here thinks Leach can't coach, check out his record. The Big 12 south was the toughest division for 10 years in all of college football, deeper than either SEC division from top to bottom. Leach put TTU on the national radar.

To add to Jake177...there was never a hint, a whiff of anything untoward going on in Mike Leach's program. More players came to his defense than to Adam James's defense. I don't want to excuse Leach's lapse of judgment, but Craig James has a loud microphone, doesn't he.

I'd love to see ESPN have to remove James from calling any MD games if Leach is on the sidelines. I'd love it.

My heart goes out to Ralph and the players. This is a mess. But how can any of us complain about an AD finally doing something to make a statement about MD football? Losing 5 of your 7 or 8 assistants to go to Vandy? Anderson has to be thinking this is the time to make a huge statement that MD wants to be a national player in football. It's a total balls move. If it fails, the whole house falls down.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 18, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Pretty simple really:

10 Years Pre-Ralph: 37-73 (.340)
10 Years of Ralph: 74-45 (.621)

Let's be honest with the state of the program right now... this is not a "last job" type school. Any other coach that puts together a couple of 9-10 win seasons will be at an SEC/Big 10 school faster than you can spell "TERPS"

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I guess you are such a geek that you never have heard of a sport called "golf" or a resort called pinehurst (that every f..ing yankee drives down to..lets see mrytle beach...etc etc the list goes on moron...go play chess with your in maryland...

ps maryland finally has a decent golf coursr...ps i do not drive i fly dirt bag

you are such a joke i love it..

Posted by: carolina1 | December 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

ps aviscardo.. i forgot you probably in PG COUNTY ALSO

NICE PLACE

Posted by: carolina1 | December 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

From Wikipedia:

2007 Texas game controversy

During his post-game press conference after the 2007 game against Texas, Leach used most of his time to rail against the officiating crew for what he felt were bad calls.[15][16] He speculated that the officials may have favored Texas because the head official lives in Austin, because they are incompetent, or possibly because the conference wants Texas to appear in a BCS bowl because of the increased appearance fees that such a bowl generates for the conference.[17][18] Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press wrote "Leach was upset officials disallowed two Tech touchdowns in the third quarter. The first was overruled when video replay clearly showed the receiver let the ball hit the ground. On the next play, a touchdown pass was negated by a holding penalty. Leach also wanted, but didn't get, a flag for roughing the quarterback."[18][19] The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported, "Big 12 policy prohibits coaches from commenting publicly about game officials, so Leach's actions leave him open to reprimand, fine or worse."[16] ESPN reported, "Big 12 official spokesman Bob Burda did not immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment. Leach's rant will likely draw a fine from the league and possibly a suspension."[20]
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But wait, I thought Petecard and TerpfanMA don't like "complainers" who make excuses? Seems a bit hypocritical that they are now in love with Mike Leach.

Also could've sworn Petecard and TerpfanMA have gone on and on about Friedgen's weight. But Mike Leach isn't exactly in the greatest shape. Hmmm..again, it seems a bit hypocritical for these hypocrits to use this kind of thing against Friedgen but ignore it when it comes to Leach.

Things that make you go hmmm....

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

unbelievable. People tend to forget that before Frieden got to MD we were horrible for a realy long time. When was the last time MD went to the Orange Bowl before Friedgen? Franklins offense was sooo predictable. The last time we had a good offense...Oh yeah when Friedgen was calling the plays. We finally have some stability at Maryland. Now we will be like the skins (new coach every couple of years). So sad Friedgen will be successful wherever he goes. To have a fomer terp as a caoch was a huge plus ( he wasn't going anywhere and he has had offers). Mike leach will be here a couple of years at best.

Posted by: thomasterp | December 18, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I think we should give the new guy a chance to let this whole thing shake out before we throw everyone in front of the bus. I have supported the fridge and like many of you have really been disappointed the last couple years. We weren't as bad last year as our record indicated, nor were we as good this year as our record indicted. But Ralph can't recruit or maybe he was resting on his laurels (like Gary did briefly) and thought the kids would just come. He won big early with kids that were already there and that was most of his success, of which we should all be so thankful. Ron V is likely a trivia question for most of us. Ralph has done a terrific job for the last 10 years (got us back on the winning path and ran a clean program and we should thank him for that. But the attendance problem is we play a lot of crappy teams every year and who really wants to go watch crappy football? And how interesting is that to pad our record. What happened to the old days of playing Penn State, for example. That L was replaced by FIU, EMich, etc for a sure W. So going to 7 bowls in 10 years really isn't that great - only the Orange, Gator and Champs should really count. I think we give the new guy a chance to bring this entire situation to a new level. We need a Bobby Ross type coach, again. Thank you Ralph for everything, though! And I really mean that.
Cheers!

Posted by: RandyCrow | December 19, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Lesson number one for all schools.
1.Never sign a contract with a coach for more than a four year time table and only offer one year extensions at the end of each year.
Lesson number one for Maryland University.
2. If the best you can do is pull off an eigth place conference bowl position for a third place finish, change conferences. The Big East would love to add Maryland.


Posted by: utilityrep1 | December 19, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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