Friedgen reign reaches apparent end

A person familiar with the situation says Maryland football

coach Ralph Friedgen has been told he won’t be back next season,

although at this point ”nothing is set in stone.”

Athletic director Kevin Anderson is asking the 63-year-old coach

to retire or accept a buyout, the person told The Associated Press

on condition of anonymity because the talks are still ongoing.

”There is no resolution,” the person said late Saturday

night.

If Friedgen refuses to retire, Maryland will be forced to pay

the coach $2 million for the final year of his contract. Phone and

e-mail messages to Friedgen were not immediately returned.

The Terrapins went 8-4 this season and are playing in the

Military Bowl on Dec. 29. In bringing Maryland back from a 2-10

season, Friedgen was selected Atlantic Coast Conference coach of

the year for the second time.

He has a 74-50 record in 10 seasons at his alma mater. This is

will be Maryland’s seventh bowl bid since his arrival, and it

remains unclear whether he will be on the sideline for the Terps’

game against East Carolina.