Saturday, February 7, 2009

TERPS HAVE HEAD-COACH-IN-WAITING

From Heather Dinich’s ESPN ACC Blog
Joining the likes of Texas and Florida State, Maryland now has a head-coach-in-waiting as well.

The Terps’ offensive coordinator James Franklin was named Thursday as the eventual successor to Ralph Friedgen, putting him in line to become the Terrapins' first black head football coach.

Friedgen, who turns 62 in April, still has three years remaining in his contract -- it expires Jan. 2, 2012 -- and he isn't expected to retire before then. But Franklin was hired with the understanding that he would have a chance to be head coach.

There is no specific timeline for how long the 37-year-old Franklin would be the coach-in-waiting; Friedgen has three years remaining on his contract and has not indicated that he is ready to step aside.

Even though he has to wait Franklin said he has "always dreamed" of getting this type of opportunity.

Franklin is entering his seventh season with the Terps. He worked at Maryland from 2000 to 2004, then was hired last season as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Franklin, who has earned a reputation as a top recruiter, has had several other coaching opportunities in recent years, and Maryland wanted to make sure he stuck around. They have been negotiating for the past two weeks.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / February 6, 2009)

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