Maryland Doesn't Spend Very Much On Their Football Program

With seven wins already this season after going 2-10 last year, you'd think that Maryland would at least give some indications that coach Ralph Friedgen's job is safe. Whatever you want to say about Friedgen, it seems odd to fire him after a year where the Terps exceeded expectations.

Ah, but that's before we consider the thing that rules our world: the almighty dollar. To get a new deal, Maryland will have to, y'know, pay Friedgen. Throw in the expected $1 million roster bonus offensive coordinator James Franklin is supposed to receive after this year if he isn't head coach, and that's a lot of coin. Well, maybe not. But if new data is any indication, Maryland isn't the type of school to go crazy with their football spending.

According to a NCAA Fanhouse study, the Terps rank dead last in the ACC in spending last year. The Terps spent only $9.86 million on their program last year, 70thh overall, behind powerhouses like Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Duke, Wake Forest, SMU, Rice, San Diego State and Tulsa. That's a $1.9 million cutback from what they spent in 2008/09. 

And yet, the Terps have won seven games and could reach the ACC title game. Does spending make much of a difference when you have a young team that just got a year older? No, maybe not. But it's something worth considering when thinking about whether the program is better off without Friedgen.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.