at least they'd get people talking.
alternate headline: man does job
at least they'd get people talking.
That's alot of pushing...
I wonder how many alots = Fridgen
Mangino For the win?
What, no Weis? Where's the love? I miss CW. He, however, does not miss meals.
You're probably right. He definitely deserves to be in this list, but these were the first 3 that popped into my head.
"BEEP BEEP BEEP"
Will take that program to new heights, then run it into the ground. All within 5 years, imho.
It would be a good move for them.
I know he's extremely familiar with the area, but I can't see that happen given his resume thus far at New Mexico (on and off the field).
Leach would make all kinds of sense.
Would be Mike Locksley for any job. I'm surprised New Mexico hasn't fired him yet. He's 2-22 in two years as a coach, plus some serious off the field stuff.
I don't care how much recruiting he's done in the area, most of the people on this board posting might be able to do as awful a job as he's done at New Mexico. They were just 2 years removed from 9 wins and a bowl game.
Some things just never cease to amaze me.
New Mexico can't afford his buyout. Now, they could have simply tried to fire him for cause after his altercation with one of his assistant coaches, and quite frankly, I'm surprised they didn't go that route.
Piratitude in the ACC......I am so down for that. I could imagine the fun he could have while visiting in Tallahassee.
Haven't they been trying to do this for years? It seemed that there wasn't any money to buy him out. Now they're trying to pull a Bobby Bowden? I think that's kind of sad. Why not promote him up into the AD? He obviously would like to stick around. It seems that the "coach-in-waiting" position isn't faring so well this off-season.
On the other hand, do they have a decent DC? One that might be on the way out as well?
if this offseason does not result in both Ron Prince and Mike Leach having head coaching jobs I will be so very sad.
Is Yuengling your fav beer in Pa?
A couple years ago my brother came up for the Penn State game and he and I went to Ashley's. He made the mistake of ordering a Yuengling (we're from MD), and got called out by everyone around for being a Penn State fan. It was kind of sad watching him insist otherwise. We then got him a Bells. Still, Yuengling is a great beer.
It is good, but not my fav from Pa. I'd def go for a Troegs first, preferably Mad Elf, over a Yuengling. Where in Md. by chance do you live?
Well my brother lives right on the Towson/Baltimore border, I live in Ann Arbor working for the University. We grew up in Towson, though. You?
Wow funny u bring up Towon since I was almost arrested there last Sat because apparently giving high fives to strangers in Towson Town Center following the big chill is frowned upon. I was excited come on, but yeah I was def drunk. I live right over the Mason Dixon line in Pa. Right up 83 take last exit in Md and then cross over. I'm about a Bubba Watson drive from Md.
Part of the amazingness of Yuengling is the fact that it's a budget beer, but it doesn't taste like the Buds and Coors of the world.
No, Victory is, but Yeung is my goto beer most places. Funny you mention Troegs - I live about 5 blocks from their brewery. Good stuff, even though theyre moving to Hershey.
Wow didn't hear that about them moving to Hershey. I love taking tours of that place and getting free samples. Victory is amazing as well though. Good choice.
Yea, I think it comes down to money. MD's athletic department is pretty depe in the red most years, so they can't afford much of a salary for their head coach. In fact, Friedgen would have been gone last year if they could have come up with just $1 million to fire him. They leak those names of candidates because they know they can't afford any coach who has better options.
Willingham, Leach and Locksley would take minimum wage to get another decent job.
Leach would be an excellent hire.
Leach is a pirate and will give anything to be within striking distance of the US naval base in Annapolis.
I think this would be a great hire for the Terps. Leach is a high-profile coach who will definitely add some much-needed pizazz to both the Terps and the Big East.
I think you mean the ACC
This'll help UVA with a recruit or two but really it would have been nice to see Friedgen keep eating that program out of house and home. Franklin off to Vandy and now they're pushing Friedgen out despite an 8-4 season....one has to figure the new AD is the reason.
Um... is UVA really that much of a better program at this point than Maryland? I mean, MD is a basketball school anyway, but even football-wise, it seems pretty even to me. I have always wondered why UVA wasn't a stronger football program, but that's another story.
I compare Friedgen to Groh in a lot of ways- always seemed to do just enough to keep his job each season. Maybe this will be MD's chance to start over with a higher ceiling the way UVA did last year. At least Friedgen got an ACC title back in the day, but that was a long time ago.
Ralph rode his first three seasons to job security in the last five or so. Without those I think he'd have been toast much earlier. The program is clearly stagnant - honestly, that is not a good 8-4 team and it shows in their bowl destination. I doubt they'd be bowl-eligible if they were in the Big Ten. They're getting crushed in their own state recruiting-wise. Teams these days just waltz into Maryland and take whatever talent they want and Friedgen's more or less powerless against it. UVA destroys them in recruiting battles, even under Groh. Sure, we were 4-8 and they were 8-4, but this of all fanbases ought to know the difficulties of a first year of rebuilding. The future isn't bright for Maryland unless they get rid of the Fridge, which they would have done last year if his buyout weren't so high. Now they have a new AD who's going to really want his own guy in the driver's seat.
Can Maryland reasonably expect to do better than 8-4?
In the ACC? Yes.
Odd considering Maryland's resurgence this year that they would want to push Friedgen out. I also thought that Franklin OC guy had the job when Friedgen does go.
It'd be hard for him to coach Vandy and Maryland at the same time.
It's a pretty shitty way to go about it, but Leach would be a great hire at Maryland. To me, they are a program in a decent area for recruiting that could do very well. Friedgen has done a decent job at Maryland, but with a caveat. It always seems like they are knocking on the door of relevance, but never quite get there for more than a year.
I think it's safe to say that Leach is "chomping at the bit" for a BCS conference job, and would be extremely motivated to show TTU that they were morons for getting rid of him. He would bring excitement and a higher profile to Maryland. And the ACC really is wide open.
It has VT, who are always good but usually lacking that extra "something" that constitutes greatness, and FSU and Miami, who are still pulling hammies and cramping gastrocs chasing the ghosts of national championships past. After that, the ACC is basically a bunch of teams that are good for a year or two at a time but can't sustain excellence.
A coach like Leach will get publicity and should put a very competitive team on the field. For better or worse, Maryland would never be the same.
What were Indiana and Minnesota thinking? This guy has done more with less than any coach the last 10 years.
I'm shocked noones gobbled up Leach yet. Granted, I never really followed or cared that much about the TTU exit/little James incident, but it seems like he's a great coach with a system that would fire up fans of whichever school he ends up at. I'd love to see the 'Air Raid' come to a school like Maryland.
I was shocked Minnesota didn't take a chance on him. You'd think he could be a great bargain right now. In fact, Indiana would have done well to get him, as well. I'm glad, as a Michigan fan, not to have to deal with him in the B-10.
created a big sham to save money and fire Leach with "cause" - They forgot about the cause of winning in the Big 12 with a small program, and failed to see the value in a great head coach. Leach was the victim of a bunch of bs, and he will be back to destroy TT in the future. Count on a bowl game with whoever he coaches this year and TT.
then Maryland's problems go far, far beyond the Fridge.
"I didn't believe we had an opportunity to win a national championship with the direction of the program," Luck said. "At the end of the day, results matter. And we weren't getting the results."
Maybe Opie Stewart feels differently, but it would be very difficult for me to coach for a full year under an AD who has publicly emasculated me the way that Luck did in his statements. It's like a wife bringing a boyfriend into the house and announcing to her husband, "I don't believe I have the opportunity to get my rocks off with you. At the end of the night, results matter, and I wasn't getting the results. So Cabana Boy here is staying for the next year servicing me, and then you're out."
In one of those "it's-a-small-world" coincidences, Luck is the father of Andrew Luck, Jim Harbaugh's QB. It would be ironic if Luck's decision to can Stewart leads to Jeff Casteel coming to Ann Arbor, saving RR for another year and keeping Harbaugh in Stanford. Or maybe Luck Sr. wants it that way for his son's benefit...
Any halfway legit school will steer clear of a coach linked to an abuse-related scandal. No way Indiana or Minnesota would touch Leach. He'll have to settle for a small or trashy (read: Southern) school.