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Terps fire Friedgen; Leach a candidate

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ralph Friedgen was fired as Maryland's coach Monday, effective after the Military Bowl on Dec. 29.

Friedgen received $2 million to cover the one year left on his contract. Athletic director Kevin Anderson acknowledged that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his preliminary list of replacements.

Anderson intends to have the position filled by Jan. 4.

In 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen, 63, went 74-50, reaching the Orange Bowl in his first season.

"This was a good football team, and I believe it can be great," Anderson said. "And so we're going to bring the best person in here to get to that greatness and sustain it."

USF: WR can return

TAMPA — USF coach Skip Holtz said receiver A.J. Love received a sixth year of eligibility and will be available next season after missing this season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Love was expected to be a main contributor but was injured during the spring game in April. He has had two ACL tears, the first in the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl. Love is 30 yards shy of reaching 1,000 career receiving yards.

More usf: Freshman walk-on Bobby Eveld, who stepped in for injured quarterback B.J. Daniels in the past two games, is benefiting from extra practice time.

"It's helped a lot," he said. "The time off away from everything helped, too. Coming back, I feel like it's a whole year already. It almost feels like the beginning of the second year, so that's really beneficial. … I feel a lot more comfortable with the offense."

Holtz said Daniels — now healthy — and Eveld are taking equal practice reps. Holtz has not said whether he will make a decision before the Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl against Clemson.

UM player's mother dies: The mother of Hurricanes sophomore running back Mike James was killed Monday in a car crash in Haines City, authorities said.

James' sister, Jasmine James Ansley, 25, was driving a Ford Explorer when a Toyota Corolla hit her at an intersection. Elgusta James, 47, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the front passenger seat and pronounced dead at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Ansley's 5-year-old son, Jayden, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the back seat, the Sheriff's Office said. He is in serious but stable condition. Ansley has injuries that were not considered life-threatening. No charges were immediately filed.

It was unknown if James will play in the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Notre Dame.

Bowl scuffle: Some dishes were broken in a pushing and shoving incident involving players from Boise State and Utah at a welcome reception for the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the Idaho Statesman reported. The altercation was broken up by bowl officials.

Boston College: Coach Frank Spaziani's contract was extended by two years through 2015.

Indiana: Doug Mallory and Mike Ekeler were named co-defensive coordinators. Mallory, the son of former Hoosiers coach Bill Mallory, spent the past two seasons running New Mexico's defense. Ekeler coached Nebraska's linebackers for the past three seasons.

Kent state: Darrell Hazell became the first black head coach in the Golden Flashes' 90-year history. The Ohio State assistant will earn a base salary of $300,000.

Michigan state: Sophomore tight end Dion Sims was sentenced to a year's probation in connection with stolen laptop computers from Detroit schools.

Tennessee: Addressing a report that Texas has targeted defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to replace Will Muschamp in the same job, Vols coach Derek Dooley said Wilcox has not been offered the job. He did not say if Wilcox spoke with Texas.

Times correspondent Kerry Klecic contributed to this report.

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