All season long, the Maryland football team has had to play amid speculation about coach Ralph Friedgen's future. Despite that, they have thrust themselves into the ACC title picture, winning seven games already with two big games to go.
As it turned out, that was enough evidence for Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. Friedgen will return next season as Maryland's coach, according to a University press release
"Based largely on the improved performance of our team and student-athletes this season, Coach Friedgen will be our head football coach next year," Anderson said. "Once this season is complete, Ralph and I will sit down to discuss the current state and future of the program. Right now, the team's focus will be on winning the 2010 ACC Championship and a bowl game, which our coaching staff and student-athletes have put themselves in position to do. We hope our fans, students, and alums will come out and support us in the effort."
Anderson had previously been non-committal about Friedgen's future with the University. After the team's win over Virigina, Anderson was asked about Friedgen's future, and simply said "looking for that eighth win." However, changing coaches would have cost the University $3 million, when you also account for offensive coordinator James Franklin's $1 million roster bonus if he does not become the head coach.
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