ACC links: Friedgen could complicate Maryland succession plan
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
I guess Heather couldn't handle the heat from our ACC/Big East debates and decided to skip town. Just kidding. Here are your links:
• Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen says he might want to stay at the school another five years, even though offensive coordinator James Franklin is owed $1 million if he is not the head coach by 2012, Jeff Barker reports in the Baltimore Sun.
"Let's say I want to coach two more years after the three. I don't know if I'll do that," Friedgen said. "But if we go to the Orange Bowl, maybe I will. And James has sat down with Debbie [Yow] and I, and we have talked about that.
"But I'm not going to be Joe [Paterno] and coach until I'm 75 or 80 or 90."
• Brad Senkiw of the Anderson Independent Mail ranks the ACC quarterbacks. No. 1 on his list is NC State's Russell Wilson.
• Clemson is experiencing a drop in season-ticket sales, Paul Strelow reports for McClatchy Newspapers
• The Tallahassee Democrat has Florida State's official response to the NCAA in the academic misconduct case.• The Sporting News' Matt Hayes ranks the top 10 most difficult nonconference schedules in the nation. Virginia Tech is No. 2, Florida State No. 4 and Miami No. 8. The ACC is also well represented in Hayes' best 10 nonconference games.
• Vic Hall is working hard to try to win Virginia's quarterback job, Jerry Ratcliffe writes in the Virginian Pilot.• The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson lists the reasons why the Hurricanes should be optimistic in 2009.