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Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin named eventual successor to football coach Ralph Friedgen

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin was named as the eventual successor to Ralph Friedgen. It would make Franklin the school's first African-American football coach, seventh in I-A and second among BCS schools (Miami's Randy Shannon).

There is no time line for Franklin, 37, to take over. Friedgen, 61, has three years left on his contract and has not indicated when he will step aside.

Franklin was Maryland's receivers coach from 2000-04 before leaving for the same position with the Green Bay Packers. He also was Kansas State's offensive coordinator from 2006-07 before returning to Maryland.

"I think I have a pretty unique perspective on the university and what it's going to take to be successful here," he said. "Our plan and our discussion was about continuing to build off the foundation Ralph has laid here and continue to build this program into one of the elite programs in the country."

LSU: The NCAA granted Charles Alexander a sixth season of eligibility. He will be the Tigers' only returning starting defensive lineman. Alexander missed most of 2005 and 2007 with knee and foot injuries, respectively.

Men's basketball

No. 14 Memphis: Freshman Matt Simpkins has left the team. The forward was averaging 1.4 points in 5.8 minutes. The school did not disclose a reason.

Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin named eventual successor to football coach Ralph Friedgen 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 10:52pm]
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