Despite being named Coach of the Year this year in the ACC, Ralph Friedgen was released by Maryland yesterday. The Terrapins had been under-performing for the past 6 years but were resurgent this season and looked to have a solid young talent base to build on. However the powers that be decided enough was enough and bought out the $2 million remaining in the final year of Friedgen's contract.
All speculation is pointing towards Maryland hiring former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. His name keeps coming up for this job because the Maryland AD mentioned only Leach when discussing their search for Friedgen's successor. Leach is famous for being quite the character but primarily for his patented Air Raid Offense. The Air Raid is based on a Spread Passing attack that utilizes a simple looking but difficult to defend vertical route tree, that has led the NCAA in 7 of his 8 seasons running it at Texas Tech. Who knows how well that will translate to Turtles?