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Friedgen reportedly out as Terps coach

Maryland has informed Ralph Friedgen that he won't return as coach next season, the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun reported Saturday.

If Friedgen refuses to retire, his alma mater would have to pay him about $2 million to buy out the last year of his contract.

On Nov. 18, Kevin Anderson, Maryland's first-year athletic director, announced Friedgen would return in 2011.

But his job status became uncertain when Maryland decided it wanted to hire a coach for the long term rather than have him return as a lame duck. The top name according to both papers is former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Leach, fired over allegations he locked a player who sustained a concussion in a closet, said Friday that he has not been contacted.

Last week, the Terps' coach-in-waiting, James Franklin, became Vanderbilt's coach. His move came amid reports that Friedgen was telling recruits he planned to coach them for the majority of their careers.

No deadline has been established for Friedgen to decide, the reports say, and Maryland wants him to coach in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29.

Friedgen went 74-50 over 10 seasons, and the Terps played in six bowls, including the Orange in January 2002. He was nearly fired after going 2-10 in 2009. This season, they went 8-4, and he was named ACC coach of the year. But season-ticket sales have declined for five straight years. And only once this season was Byrd Stadium 75 percent filled.

Report: UF assistant to talk to Temple

Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will interview for the Temple coaching job, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. A date has not been set. So far, the only other candidate to replace Al Golden, who took over at Miami, is Owls offensive coordinator Matt Rhule.

New Florida coach Will Muschamp is not expected to decide on his staff until after the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. Addazio has spent the past six seasons at UF and was interim head coach during Urban Meyer's leave of absence after last season.

USF injuries: USF fullback Richard Kelly, who missed the regular-season finale against Connecticut after thumb surgery, is expected to play against Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. But coach Skip Holtz said reserve running back Bradley Battles and reserve tight end Jeff Hawkins might miss spring practice with knee injuries.

Iowa: Defensive coordinator Norm Parker will return next season. Parker, 69, was hospitalized less than two weeks into the season and had his foot amputated a few weeks later. His duties were split among the rest of the defensive staff.

Oklahoma: Reserve running back Roy Finch will miss the Fiesta Bowl against Connecticut with a stress fracture in his left foot sustained during a noncontact drill Friday. The freshman missed the first five games of the season with a similar injury then rushed for 398 yards and two touchdowns in the final eight.

UCLA: Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and receivers coach Reggie Moore were fired. Bullough was on the staff for five seasons, the past two as coordinator.

Young quarterback's big day carries BYU

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jake Heaps threw four touchdowns, three to Cody Hoffman, to help BYU rout Texas-El Paso 52-24 in the New Mexico Bowl.

Heaps' 3-yarder to Hoffman in the second quarter made it 31-3. It was his third of the day and 14th of the season, breaking Ty Detmer's school freshman record set in 1988.

The Cougars (7-6) started 1-4, including a loss to instate rival Utah State after which defensive coordinator Jaime Hill was fired, but won six of their final eight. The Miners (6-7) started 5-1 but lost six of their final seven.

Humanitarian Bowl: Chandler Harnish ran for two scores and threw for one as Northern Illinois beat Fresno State 40-17 in Boise, Idaho. The win capped a turbulent two weeks for the Huskies (11-3), who lost the MAC title game to Miami (Ohio) then coach Jerry Kill, who took over at Minnesota. In their past 11 bowls, the Bulldogs (8-5) are 4-1 against teams from BCS conferences and 0-6 against others.

I-AA semifinals: Former Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin threw two touchdowns to lead host Delaware past Georgia Southern 27-10. The Blue Hens face Eastern Washington on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas. Eastern Washington beat defending champ Villanova 41-31 Friday.

Division II final: David Nadeau's 32-yard field goal as time expired lifted Minnesota-Duluth past Delta (Miss.) State 20-17 in Florence, Ala. It was the second game-ending field goal in the 38-year history of the title game. (Troy 18-17 over North Dakota State in 1984.) The Bulldogs are the third team to finish 15-0 (Grand Valley State in 2006 and Northwest Missouri State in 1998).

Division III final: Levell Coppage ran for 299 yards and three touchdowns to lead Wisconsin-Whitewater past Mount Union (Ohio) 31-21 in Salem, Va. The game marked the sixth consecutive season the teams met in the final. Each has won three.

Times correspondent Kerry Klecic contributed to this report.

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