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Sunday, December 19, 2010

College Sports | Maryland forces out football coach Ralph Friedgen | Seattle Times Newspaper

College Sports | Maryland forces out football coach Ralph Friedgen | Seattle Times Newspaper: "BALTIMORE — Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has been told by the university that he cannot return next season to complete the final year of his contract, according to officials familiar with the situation.

Friedgen has been asked to retire, but the coach — in his 10th season — resisted doing that, sources said Saturday afternoon. If he continued to decline to retire, Maryland would be left with the option of forcing him out and buying out the final season of his roughly $2 million-a-year contract with his alma mater.

Multiple sources have indicated that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is a likely target of Maryland's coaching search. Leach's agent said Saturday that Leach has not been contacted by Maryland officials — or any of the school's prominent boosters — about replacing Friedgen."

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