Friedgen Fired As Maryland Coach

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Ralph Friedgen has been fired as Maryland's football coach, effective after the Military Bowl on Dec. 29.

The announcement came Monday afternoon by athletic director Kevin Anderson, who said Friedgen would receive $2 million to cover the final year of his contract.

Anderson said he made plans to replace Friedgen after Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin accepted the head coaching job at Vanderbilt on Friday. Anderson said it became clear at that point that the football program was in need of "long-term direction and success."

Anderson called the move to replace Friedgen "a strategic business decision."

Friedgen has a 74-50 record in 10 years at his alma mater. After the Terrapins slipped to 2-10 last year, Friedgen guided the team to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Military Bowl, the seventh postseason appearance by Maryland under his direction.

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  • by acc on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    The acc is a joke. We would destroy DUke, state, wake forest. We play them because the are close by and an easy win. We would destroy UNC but they cheat so bad it is impossible. Money, girls, tutors whatever cheatersssssssssssssssssssss
  • by KC on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:35 PM
    Leach and Ruff are friends. I will be surprised if he steals ECU coaches. Lincoln will stay for sure because Leach typically calls plays. Go Pirates!
  • by Raymond Location: Manteo on Dec 21, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    So the Maryland fans and alumni get to see thier next offensive co-ordinator coach against them...a heck of a way to do on-site training...thanks CUSA.
  • by EZU Location: Sucks on Dec 21, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    I would FIRE any Coach that only made it to a Bowl to play EZU. Yea they beat State and some other Teams WOW!!! If Duke Played EZU Basketball 100 Time They might get Lucky and Win One or Two, I wouldn't be to proud of you team beating State. EZU sucks pull up the Record of EZU vs Any decent team and you will see. Also just so you KNOW. The only reason EZU plays these teams in the ACC is to get TV time or else you would never get TV time. EZU has to pay us(ACC) to play ya'll and I know that makes you so PROUD. PPP Perfect People in Purple!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    he probably got fired because of the sucky bowl they got,
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    If Lincoln goes to Maryland maybe Friedgen can join MCneill as offensive coordinator on on a reinforced bench at ECU.
  • by ACC Fan! Location: Greenville on Dec 21, 2010 at 04:11 AM
    This is SAD!!!! Maryland fans should have given this guy more support. He kept his team in the ACC title hunt all season and even beat NC State to knock them out of the Championship. But you could see it coming, just look at the fact they are playing basically at home in the bowl game and the visiting team has sold way more tickets. Yes, we understand that this is not a BIG time bowl like they probably deserved but you stil have to support your team. Hopefully if they hire Leach, he will not steal away Lincoln Riley. ECU staff needs to ready to put up some money and keep him here so atleast they will still have an offensive chance because their defense does not exsist! If I was Coach Friedgen, I would tell them to find a new coach before the 29th, because their ACCC Coach of the year was going HOME!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    Guess Boise State's coach should've been fired after he lost to ECU in Hawaii during CJ's last year, too, huh? What about Arkansas' coach after they should've lost to us last year? Wait a minute - those teams finished in the top ten this year, didn't they? And didn't we beat NC State, a top 25 team on and off this year? I hate it when ignorant people post on here and just talk trash. We have beaten some top of the line teams and competed with many as well - our defense sucks this year, but offensively, we've been up there with anyone. Remember - we lost a ton of players to the NFL at the end of last year and our head coach of five years. GO PIRATES!!! ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
  • by shaun Location: greenville on Dec 20, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    way to stick by your team and coaches, MD fans. Lots of class.
  • by Dan Location: gville on Dec 20, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    I expected a comment like the one from the dude posting from (no location, you sound like a real genius, ECU made it to a bowl and it's eating you up loser! It's people that do the drive by hater post on this site that either dont have a team in a bowl or you just dont have a life, heres a clue get one!!
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