Defensive coordinator takes similar job at Kansas State

maryland football

December 06, 2008|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

Chris Cosh is leaving Maryland after three years as defensive coordinator to take a similar post at Kansas State, where he was linebackers coach in 2004 and 2005.

Maryland said Cosh, who once coached under Lou Holtz at South Carolina, would not coach the Terrapins in their still-undetermined bowl game this season.

Maryland athletic officials said they would have no further comment on Cosh's departure at least until after Kansas State makes an announcement.

Cosh headed a Maryland unit that was ninth out of the 12 Atlantic Coast Conference teams in total defense during the regular season.

Cosh's defense enjoyed some good moments. The defense shut out Wake Forest, 26-0, and held Clemson scoreless in the second half, allowing the Terps to overcome a 17-6 deficit in a 20-17 victory.

But the Terps were last in the ACC in recovered fumbles, second to last in interceptions and tied with North Carolina for last in the ACC in tackles for loss.

Cosh could not be reached for comment yesterday.

More than other Maryland coaches - except possibly head coach Ralph Friedgen - Cosh became a target of Terrapins fans. The criticism intensified after Maryland lost, 31-0, on Oct. 4 to Virginia, which had been outscored 128-36 in its previous four games.

It swelled again after the Terps surrendered a school-record 253 rushing yards to redshirt freshman Darren Evans - who had not previously broken 100 yards - in a 23-13 loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 6.

Friedgen expressed frustration several times over the course of the season that the Terrapins weren't making more interceptions. He also said players were missing tackles they were in position to make.

But he didn't criticize Cosh, 49, a former Virginia Tech linebacker who coached inside linebackers and was recruiting coordinator for Maryland during a brief stint in 1997 before departing the next season for Michigan State.

Friedgen appeared to have a flare-up with Cosh on the sideline during the Virginia Tech game. With the defense on the field at the end of the half, the head coach became visibly angry.

Friedgen said later that it was nothing serious. He said the Terps had to call a timeout because the defense didn't appear to have received the signals. "[Cosh] said he had the call in, but the kids didn't look like they had it," Friedgen said.

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