Ralph Friedgen is out as the University of Maryland football coach.
The school announced this afternoon that it would buy out the remaining year on Friedgen's contract—at no cost to the state—at $2 million.
Now we know why Kevin Anderson was brought in a couple of months ago from Army to be Maryland's new athletic director—to fire Friedgen.
“I sincerely thank and commend Ralph for his decade of good work as Maryland’s Head Football Coach as well as his and his wife Gloria’s efforts on behalf of his alma mater over the last ten years,” Anderson said in a statement.
“The decision to honor the financial terms of Ralph’s current contract, while moving immediately forward with a national search for the best coach to lead Maryland football into the future was not an easy one. I am confident it was the right business decision for our long term strategy to move Maryland Athletics from good to great."