It Doesn't Matter Who You Root For: At Least It's Not Maryland

↵ You may not have noticed which team is idling around the ACC cellar ↵looking for someone to put it out of its misery, but it's not Duke this ↵year. Duke is sort of competitive, actually. It's weird, and should put ↵this into perspective: Ole Miss fired David Cutcliffe so they could hire ↵Ed Orgeron. ↵

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↵Anyway, back to the grim ACC cellar: it is occupied by Maryland, a ↵team that's lost to Middle Tennessee State two years running. You may ↵remember Maryland winning a bowl game to go 8-5 last year or scraping ↵into a bowl game at 6-6 the year before that, but those teams were ↵remarkable shambling piles of incompetence that somehow scraped up ↵enough wins despite being statistically horrendous. Maryland was below ↵average in ever single major statistical category except scoring defense last ↵year and still managed to win eight ↵games. ↵

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↵Ralph Friedgen is an old hand at 62 who's had his day in the sun ↵with the Terps but is now driving them straight into the ground. He ↵probably doesn't have the energy anymore to keep up the frenetic pace required ↵to be a major college football coach. Looks like we'll have another ↵head to add to the dead pile- ↵

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↵⇥A buyout of any sort - even in the form of a loan from the school's ↵⇥endowment - would raise questions in the current economic climate, said ↵⇥former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen.... ↵⇥
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↵⇥"As a normal practice we don't get involved in the ↵⇥day-to-day," said McMillen.... "But as a fiduciary, to take on ↵⇥a ↵⇥$4 million liability plus hiring a new coach? Given the economic times ↵⇥we're in, there would have to be an awfully compelling case." ↵
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↵Huh, that's a new one. I don't think I've ever heard of a a coach not ↵getting fired because it was too expensive. Maybe there is something to ↵this so-called "global financial meltdown" after all. ↵

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↵And with that, Maryland may be the BCS program in the worst shape for ↵the next five years. Friedgen is a zombie coach, dead but still ↵ambulatory, until such time as his buyout descends to a level that ↵Maryland can pay. Unless the Terps can scrape together the dough to ↵replace Fridge, they're going to have to endure one or two full ↵recruiting cycles during which players know full well that the guy ↵they're signing up to play for will not be there for more than a year or ↵two. They're going to have to put up with a coaching staff that's ↵spiraled towards ineptness, and once the two-to-three total bomb recruiting classes get a death grip on the program, some other guy is ↵going to have to come in and attempt to right the ship. ↵

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↵That sounds like a guaranteed decade of misery. Even Washington State ↵has hope for 2018. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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