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Ralph Friedgen To Be Bought Out As Maryland Head Coach, According To Report

Fanhouse's Patrick Stevens is reporting the Maryland Terrapins plan to buy out head coach Ralph Friedgen's contract. After offensive coordinator James Franklin was announced as new coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores (on Facebook!), the Terps may be looking for a clean sweep of the whole shebang.

Though he led Maryland to an 8-4 record and fell just short of an ACC Atlantic Division title this year, Friedgen has been on what the kids are calling "the hot seat" for quite a while. Last year's 2-10 effort nearly did him in according to popular sentiment of the time. Friedgen has been at Maryland for 10 years, putting together a 74-50 record.

In a past life, the Fridge did two bids as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offensive coordinator, both of them featuring very successful seasons. His 1990 offense finished 17th in the nation in scoring and helped the program win its fourth national title, and his 1998 product nearly featured a Heisman Trophy win by Joe Hamilton.

Ubiquitous Mike Leach is among the usual crop of rumored replacement coach candidates, as always.

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