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Maryland Minute 12.21.10 - Is Mike Leach Overrated?

Mike Leach an overrated genius - College Football News | FOX Sports on MSN
I don't know if I'd call Leach a genius either, but I don't see how relevant that is. I disagree with a lot of what Simpson says in this. I think he undervalues how well Leach markets his team. Had you heard of Texas Tech before he was coach there? Exactly.

Television exposure and selling tickets will factor in the search for Maryland's new football coach -
Great, great piece that highlights the additional responsibilities coaches have, many of which Leach will probably do better than Ralph did.

The Toy Department: Ralph Friedgen and a remembrance of things past - Baltimore sports: Ravens, Orioles, Terps blog by Baltimore Sun reporters -
Great read on Ralph. I do wish there was something else that could be done to make everyone happy. I think one good gesture would be going out to the Military Bowl next week. I'll be there. We talked of a Testudo Times meet up/tailgate. If there is interest, let me know in the comments section.

Terrapins Insider - Source: John Donovan has informed Ralph Friedgen he will not coach Terps in Military Bowl
Apparently Donovan won't be calling plays for MD next Wednesday. He had been asked to do so after Franklin left. Wide receivers coach Lee Hull is expected to call plays now...

Ralph Friedgen, Bill Stewart victims of coaching carousel ageism - Stewart Mandel -
Did Ralph's health play into not giving him an extension? Probably. But it wasn't the deciding factor. I think Mandel incorrectly tries to link these firings as a result of age when it's just a weird coincidence.

Breaking – Terps Lose Another Commitment - Dontez Tyler
Anderson needs to get a new coach in place before this snowballs...

Recruiting Report: On Ralph Friedgen, the recruiter - Terps, basketball, football and college recruiting news in the Baltimore area from Matt Bracken -
Great piece that looks at how Ralph recruited.

Get your Military Bowl Tickets on Groupon!!! Wait, what? - Chamberlain |
Groupon sold out of this deal (I know because my friend tried buying them and it sold out right as he hit send). I'll be really curious to see how many people attend this game...

Rick Snider: Maryland's firing of Friedgen is all about the money | Washington Examiner
Lots of people have called this move a money move, but it's an indirect money move. If people were still packing Byrd all season, it probably wouldn't have been made.

View from the 'ville - Al Myatt - Scenarios swirl with Friedgen's ouster [fb]
Great piece by Al Myatt. Provides a great summary of the entire situation.

David Jones: Coaches-in-waiting often leave teams holding bag | | FLORIDA TODAY
Good article on why coach-in-waiting deals mostly end up blowing up in the school's face.

Coach K Ties Smith For No. 2 On Wins List - KGMI-AM
Coach K ties Dean Smith.