COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen will return for the 2010 season, The Associated Press has learned.
Friedgen's job status appeared shaky after the Terrapins lost a school-record 10 games this season. But after meeting for two consecutive days with athletic director Debbie Yow, he has been given the go-ahead to make plans for a 10th season as head coach at his alma mater, according to a school official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet formally been made.
The 62-year-old Friedgen has two years left on a contract that pays him $2 million annually. He is 66-46 at Maryland, but the Terrapins have endured four losing seasons over the past six years.
After Maryland's final game Saturday, a 19-17 defeat to Boston College that extended the team's losing streak to seven games, Friedgen made it clear he intended to return.