1:51pm-I just got off the conference call Ralph Friedgen held with local reporters. He said he was “very thankful” Debbie Yow decided to retain him for next season; and claimed “next year’s team has the chance to be good, the following year’s team has the chance to be real good.”
As far as major structural changes are concerned, Ralph said he has been too busy with recruiting to consider changes to his staff or philosophy changes. (A move to an “option” style of offense has been mulled over by many fans and analysts in recent weeks.)
11:27am update-Here is the official release from the University of Maryland……
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ralph Friedgen will remain the head coach of the Maryland football program. The decision comes after a comprehensive evaluation of the program, including detailed assessments of the 2009 season, recruiting and personnel.
“Coach Friedgen and I are in complete agreement on the expectation to return the football program to its competitive stature,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “He has assured the University and fans of his intentions to do whatever is necessary to become a top 25 program again. The efforts of our young team in 2009 were appreciated by Terps everywhere and many believe the squad improved considerably towards the end of the season. Coach Friedgen will continue his careful evaluation of staff, players and recruiting results, as the team moves into the offseason. He continues to have my full support.”
Following a disappointing season, Friedgen expressed optimism for the 2010 season.
“Keep the faith,” Friedgen said. “We have a lot of guys coming back next year and I believe in this team very much. I think the future’s pretty bright. We have three impressive young quarterbacks that are pretty good. We have all our running backs returning, as well as our wide receivers. All of our offensive linemen are back, except one, with a full year of experience under their belts. We had a very young team this season. We took our lumps this year, but we won’t be taking our lumps next year.”
Friedgen expressed particular optimism about the program’s recent recruiting efforts. The incoming 2010 class is ranked No. 26 by national recruiting analysts, another positive sign for the future.
“The entire staff has done a great job on this class,” Friedgen said. “James Franklin has been a huge part of that, helping to reenergize our recruiting locally. In all, it’s been a terrific team effort.”
Friedgen’s just completed his ninth season as head coach at the University of Maryland with an overall record of 66-48. Friedgen has taken the team to six bowl games, including a pair of New Year’s Day appearances.
As reported by Comcast Morning Show Maryland correspondent Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times; Ralph Friedgen will remain as head coach at Maryland for a 10th season.
The decision comes after 2 days of meetings between Friedgen and Athletic Director Debbie Yow. A statement from the athletic department is expected within the hour.
Maryland is not expected to make Yow or Friedgen available to the media today.