Maryland Agrees to Buyout with Ralph Friedgen, Targeting Mike Leach
Mike Leach desperately wants to coach college football again. His reputation took a huge hit after a concussion scandal that occurred when he was the head coach at Texas Tech. Donald Trump thinks Leach deserves another shot, as evidence by the letter he sent the president of the University of Miami. It looks like Leach may finally get his chance.
According to InsideMDSports.com, University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has verbally agreed to let the university buy out his contract, meaning he will not return in 2011. Maryland is said to be very interested in hiring Leach to be its next head coach and plans on moving quickly to bring him in.
Leach would be a great hire for Maryland. He compiled an 84-43 record at Texas Tech from 2000-2009 and is one of the best known offensive minds out there. Leach was fired as a result of accusations that he mistreated his players, not because he was an ineffective coach. Bringing in Leach would allow Maryland to sign a big-time coach to lead a program that has not yet reached its potential.
Friedgen had the Terps headed in the right direction, but Leach could do better. With the likes of Miami, Florida State, and Virginia Tech in the ACC, Maryland would do well to bring in a coach who knows how to put points on the board. Assuming the player mistreatment accusations don’t effect Leach’s ability to recruit, he should be able to bring in some of the top offensive high school prospects based on his history with Texas Tech. If he’s interested in the job — which he should be considering there aren’t many offers out there for his services — Maryland should act quickly and bring Leach on board.