Timeline: Maryland's football coaching search

January 03, 2011

Sept. 4: Maryland hires former Army athletic director Kevin Anderson as its new AD.

Oct. 7: Anderson tells reporters that Ralph Friedgen is doing "a fantastic job" with the team at 4-1.

Nov. 18: Anderson announces in a statement that Ralph Friedgen will return as coach in 2011.

Dec. 3: Friedgen's attorney Jack Reale tells The Sun that Friedgen has earned a contract extension.

Dec. 13: Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn turns down Vanderbilt coaching job, making Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin the top candidate.

Dec. 17: Vanderbilt introduces Franklin as its new coach and Anderson, while on a teleconference with reporters, declines to commit to Friedgen as coach for 2011. Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is assumed the front-runner for the job.

Dec. 20: Maryland officials give Friedgen formal notice that he cannot return next season for the final year of his contract, and Leach tells The Sun he would talk to Maryland about its coaching vacancy. Anderson says that there is no front-runner for the job.

Dec. 22: Malzahn is interviewed by Maryland, according to an ESPN.com report.

Dec. 28: Dallas Morning News reports that Southern Methodist coach June Jones was contacted by Maryland representatives but chose to stay with Mustangs.

Dec. 29: Maryland sends Friedgen off with a 51-13 win over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

Dec. 30: Leach is interviewed on Maryland's campus.

Jan. 2: Less than 24 hours after coaching Connecticut in a 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, Randy Edsall interviews on Maryland's campus, is offered the job by early evening and accepts.

Jan. 3: Edsall is officially introduced as Maryland's new football coach.

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