After finishing the 2010 season with an 8-2 record and winning the ACC Coach of the Year award, Maryland Football coach Ralph Friedgen has remained quiet about his contract status. But his representatives haven't.
Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun spoke to Friedgen's attorney Jack Reale today, and Reale didn't hold back.
"To me, an extension is absolutely in order ... I think he has earned it."
Reale went on to recall how "loyal alums, players and fans stood up and supported Ralph and were instrumental" in convincing former Athletic Director Debbie Yow to bring back Friedgen after Maryland's unfortunate 2-10 record last season. These individuals may be a key asset in earning Friedgen an extension as well. His contract is currently set to expire on Jan. 2, 2012.
SB Nation's Terrapins blog Testudo Times isn't quite as convinced as Reale that Friedgen should be extended.
But the next question is whether or not Fridge has earned an extension, to which I say, "Uh, no." Do it next year and we'll talk, but 2-10 is just as bad as 8-4 is good. Now, next season looks like a potential ACC championship type of year, at which point extending him would be the only logical thing to do. He just needs to do it first.
The Terrapins will find out which bowl game they will be playing in later this weekend. Athletic Director will need to make a decision on Friedgen soon after.