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
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.