Maryland football: Names you will hear

December 19, 2010

With Maryland officials telling Ralph Friedgen that he won't return as coach in 2011, here are candidates linked to the job from media reports and sources:

The primary target

Mike Leach

Age: 49

Career record: 84-43 as coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2009. Was offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Kentucky and Oklahoma before being named coach at Texas Tech. He went 5-4 in bowl games. Went to a bowl every year, but did not coach in the Alamo Bowl after being fired by Texas Tech.

In his favor: Is known for a high-octane passing attack and he will generate a national interest in Terps football. He had a winning record every year at Texas Tech and made the Red Raiders a title contender not only in the Big 12, but nationally.

Working against him: He was fired from Texas Tech for allegedly having a player, Adam James, son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James, placed in a shed near the practice facility.

Did you know? He did not play college football at Brigham Young and has a law degree from Pepperdine. … He is fascinated with pirates and currently resides in Key West.

The others

Randy Edsall

Age: 52

Career record: 73-69 at Connecticut. Has gone 3-1 in bowls and will lead the Huskies in their first BCS bowl, the Fiesta.

In his favor: One of the hottest coaching candidates the last few years who remained at UConn and led it to a BCS bowl. Knows the area, having grown up in Glen Rock, Pa., just up I-83 over the state line.

Working against him: Has reportedly been linked to a number of high-profile jobs: Notre Dame, Miami, Pittsburgh, and has remained at UConn.

Did you know? He played quarterback and coached at Syracuse. … Spent three years in the NFL on Tom Coughlin's staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars. … His wife, Eileen, was a former basketball and volleyball letter winner at Syracuse.

Mike Locksley

Age: 40 (willl turn 41 on Christmas Day)

Career record: 2-22 at New Mexico of the Mountain West Conference. Was offensive coordinator at Illinois, where he helped QB Juice Williams to his most productive seasons. Has also coached at Towson, Pacific, Army, Maryland and Florida.

In his favor: Knows Maryland and the surrounding area. One of the best recruiters in the talent-rich D.C. and northern Virginia corridor when he was at Illinois. Was retained, along with James Franklin, by coach Ralph Friedgen after Ron Vanderlinden was fired.

Working against him: Not much head coaching experience and has won just two games at New Mexico. … Was sued for age and sexual discrimination before the lawsuit was later withdrawn … Allegedly hit an assistant coach and was suspended 10 days by the school.

Did you know? He played collegiately at Towson and was honored as the school's top defensive player as a senior.

Tyrone Willingham

Age: 56 (turns 57 on Dec. 30)

Career record: 76-88-1 as coach at Stanford (1995-2001), Notre Dame (2002-2004), Washington (2005-2008). Went 1-4 in bowl games.

In his favor: Highly respected coach who went 44–36–1 record at Stanford and led the Cardinal to the first outright Pac-10 title in 29 years in 1999. Team played in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Led schools with high academic standards.

Working against him: Was not able to duplicate the success at Stanford with Notre Dame and Washington, and has not coached since the 2008 season. His last season at Washington he went 0-12 overall and 0-9 in the Pac-10.

Did you know? In July 2010, he said he was retired from coaching.

Sources: Various websites, including the coaching bios at schools where they coached.

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