Ralph Friedgen out at Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Ralph Friedgen was fired as Maryland's football coach Monday, effective after the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman on Dec. 29.
Friedgen received $2 million to cover the final year of his contract in 2011. Athletic director Kevin Anderson intended to immediately form a search committee to find Friedgen's replacement, and acknowledged that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his preliminary list.
"Right now there is no leading candidate," Anderson said, adding that no one had been contacted by late Monday afternoon. But Anderson intends to have the position filled by Jan. 4.
During his 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen went 74-50. After the Terrapins slipped to 2-10 last year, Friedgen guided the team to an 8-4 record, was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year for a second time and earned his seventh postseason appearance.
But that was not enough for Anderson, who decided against negotiating an extension for the 63-year-old coach.
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"This was a good football team, and I believe it can be great," Anderson said. "And so we're going to bring the best person in here to get to that greatness and sustain it. That's why the decision has been made at this time."