Monday, August 23, 2010

Will Texas face Maryland in 2017 and 2018? Will Mike Leach be coaching the Terps by then?

The rumor has been floating around for a while, but it seems that Texas and Maryland will be playing each other in 2017 and 2018. The 2017 game will be a home game for Texas, while the following year's matchup will be on the neutral site of Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md.
Is the idea of the Longhorns facing the Terrapins not intriguing enough? Consider this idea for a possibility - by 2017, Maryland may have a coach who is very familiar with the Longhorns. One by the name of Mike Leach.
The possibility that Leach, fired by Texas Tech last year over the Adam James electrical shed incident, could replace Ralph Friedgen at Maryland is months old. But with the start of the 2010 college football season creeping closer and closer you can expect that story to gain more steam. Especially if the Terps start the season out miserably under Friedgen.
And why would Maryland take a shot at Craig James' favorite coach? Under Armour, that's why. Kevin Plank, the company's founder, was a walk-on for Maryland. He eventually became special teams captain. He is also a member of the University of Maryland's Board of Trustees. Leach has a deal with Under Armour, so the connection is there.
Of course this is just speculation. Even with Plank's influence, it will be up to the University of Maryland's new president, Wallace D. Loh, and the still-yet-to-be-hired to decide athletic director who decide whether Friedgen will be replaced or not. Or who will succeed him for that matter. So the Longhorns will have to wait a while longer to see if the Maryland team they'll facing will be coached by Friedgen, the familiar face of Mike Leach, or someone else. One of the latter two choices would seem to be the correct option.

(via Testudo Times, ESPN)

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