Friday, December 14, 2001

'Fridge' named coach of the year

College football roundup

Enquirer news services

        After Maryland won its first six football games, athletic director Deborah Yow was so happy with her rookie coach that she boldly predicted the Terrapins would win a national championship before Ralph Friedgen retired.

        The Fridge came pretty close in his first try. Other than a 52-31 loss at Florida State, a game that was tied at 31 in the fourth quarter, the Terps won them all and captured their first Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1985.

        On Thursday, the 54-year-old Friedgen was selected as The Associated Press College Coach of the Year.

        Friedgen received 48 votes in balloting by the 72 members of the AP college football poll board, which includes member newspapers, TV and radio stations.

        He won easily over another rookie coach, Miami's Larry Coker, who was second with 14 votes. BYU first-year coach Gary Crowton was third with four votes, and Colorado's Gary Barnett had three.


        hen Indiana athletic director Michael McNeely announced Cam Cameron's firing last week, he said he would name a screening committee to assist in the search for a new football coach.

        Now things have changed.

        Indiana spokesman Jeff Fanter said McNeely is not expected to name a screening committee for “some time.”

        McNeely is now expected to do much of the preliminary work on the search and then will use the screening committee to help pare the list of finalists, Fanter said this week.

        McNeely has been unavailable for comment since last Dec. 5, when he announced Cameron's dismissal.


        Defensive coordinator Don Lindsey is leaving the Mississippi coaching staff after just one season, Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe said Thursday.

        Cutcliffe did not say whether Lindsey was fired or resigned. School officials said Cutcliffe's statement was the only information they had about Lindsey's departure.

        Lindsey joined the Rebels last January after two seasons with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He also has coached Alabama, Montana State, Washington State, Arkansas, Southern California, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Hawaii.

        Ole Miss finished the season 7-4.


        New Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino hired SMU assistant Pat Henderson as the team's secondary coach Thursday.

        Mangino, the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator hired by Kansas on Dec. 4 to replace the fired Terry Allen, will retain defensive line coach Travis Jones and tight ends and special teams coach Clint Bowen from Allen's staff.

        Henderson, a 1975 graduate of Kansas, spent two seasons at SMU. He was the Mustangs' secondary coach and special teams coordinator this season and coached defensive tackles in 2000.

        Henderson was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Tulsa from 1997 to 1999, and was Texas Christian's defensive coordinator from 1994 to 1996.

        He has been an assistant at Purdue and Arizona State.


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