Ralph Friedgen was fired as Maryland’s football coach Monday, effective after the Military Bowl on Dec. 29.
Friedgen received $2 million to cover the final year of his contract in 2011.
Athletic director Kevin Anderson said he will form a search committee to find Friedgen’s replacement, and acknowledged that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his list.
There’s been speculation about Friedgen’s status, and the possibility that Leach could be his successor. Asked about other names, Anderson declined comment.
“Right now there is no leading candidate,” he said, adding that no one had been contacted by late Monday afternoon. But Anderson intends to have the position filled by Jan. 4.
During his 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen went 74-50. After the Terrapins slipped to 2-10 in 2009, Friedgen guided the team to an 8-4 record and was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year for a second time and earned his seventh postseason appearance.
PLAYER’S MOM KILLED
The mother of University of Miami sophomore running back Mike James was killed Monday in a central Florida car crash.
James’ sister, Jasmine James Ansley, 25, was driving a Ford Explorer when a Toyota Corolla hit her at an intersection. Elgusta James, 47, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the front passenger seat and pronounced dead at the scene.
It was unknown if James will play in Miami’s bowl game against Notre Dame on Dec. 31. The Hurricanes are scheduled to resume practice today. James was third on the Hurricanes with 384 yards rushing and three touchdowns this season.
Boston College extended the contract of coach Frank Spaziani by two years through the 2015 season. … Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell was hired as coach at Kent State. … Minnesota coach Jerry Kill added five assistants to his staff, including assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bill Miller. … Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has not been offered a job at Texas.