Public Shouldn't Pay Off Friedgen: O'Malley

Governor talks about football coach's contract

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    Head coach Ralph Friedgen hasn't had much to cheer about this season.

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said public money shouldn't be used to buy out University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen's contract, if University of Maryland officials decide to make a change in team leadership.

    Speaking to reporters, O'Malley declined to elaborate on what he meant by "public funds," saying he doesn't want to weigh in on a "hypothetical" situation, the Baltimore Sun reported.

    The university could pay for a buyout with a loan from the school's endowment or with private funds.

    Friedgen earns $2 million annually and has two years remaining on his contract.

    Maryland senior associate athletic director Brian Ullmann said "no request has been made to use University of Maryland funds for a buyout."

    The football team has struggled this year. The Terrapins have only won two games and have lost nine.