Personally I really like Ralph. I think he is a great mentor to the kids on the team. I think he is a great leader and role for these players. Sadly, that doesn't make him a great recruiter or coach. In division 1 sports you must be one or the other. Ex. See Gary Williams and Calipari. (i know there is a lot of Calipari venom on this site, but the man can get players to go to his university... and I will leave it at that : ) But back to why Ralph needs to go. I don't think he is a bad coach by any stretch of the imagination. I think he gets more out his players than most would, (the players should be higher quality when we get them in here) There are a lot of really good coaches out there to be had. I am throwing my two cents and campaigning for Mike Leach. He is great friends with Kevin Plank, he can recruit better than anything we have ever come close to seeing, and his offense is so much fun to watch. I think it would be best for the new AD to start with a new FB coach so he has something to stake claim too. If he inherits everything, what can we really judge him on. Plus he isn't getting rid of Gary b/c he gets to leave on his own accord by standing ovation in my opinion.
Back to Leach: I don't care that he is a little prickly to talk to or that his personality is rough and hard to get used to. That dude wins and winning makes my life easier and more fun. (I think he had one season at .500 at TTech plus a lot of 10 win seasons) When you have a winning program, you don't have to talk about the coach all the time, it becomes more about the football. We have become a decent football program in the last ten years, and I think it is time to transition into being an ACC power.
I also don't like a lot of the replacements people have brought up on the site. I think Billick would be terrible personally, same with Tice (even though he was a UMD Grad) NFL coaches don't seem to fare very well in college ball.
Anyway, I will get off my soap box and wait to here what you all think. Please kick up some opinions.