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Agent says Leach hasn't heard from Maryland

Mike Leach's agent said today that the former Texas Tech football coach has not been contacted by Maryland officials -- or any of the school's prominent boosters -- about replacing Ralph Friedgen.

In fact, Gary O'Hagan discounted media reports that surfaced Friday that the 50-year-old Leach could be headed to College Park anytime soon.

"Ralph's still the coach, right?," said O'Hagan, who also represents Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown and Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

O'Hagan said he spoke with Leach this morning, and that "nobody from Maryland has contacted him". O'Hagan said that neither he nor Leach have talked with Kevin Plank, the former Maryland football player and Under Armour founder who contributes a significant amount of money each year to the Terrapins' athletic program. Plank's relationship with Leach goes back to the Texas Tech football program signing on with Under Armour "around 2006 or 2007," according to an athletic department spokesman in Lubbock.

Diane Pelkey, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore-based sports apparel company, said Friday night that Plank was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Despite leading the Red Raiders to 10 straight winning seasons, Leach was fired shortly before Texas Tech was to play in the Alamo Bowl last Dec. 31. Initially suspended for the way he treated a player suffering from a concussion, Leach was fired after he filed an injunction and threatened to sue the school. He has since filed suit against Texas Tech over the firing, as well for libel and slander against ESPN and a public relations firm hired by college football analyst Craig James, whose son Adam was the player involved in the incident.

According to reports on ESPN.com and in the Washington Post, Leach was expected to emerge as the leading candidate if Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson decided to buy out the final year of Friedgen's contract. Anderson said recently that Friedgen, the ACC Coach of the Year in 2010 after the Terps improved to 8-4 from 2-10 in 2009, would return in 2011.

But in a conference call Friday to discuss offensive coordinator James Franklin's hiring as head coach at Vanderbilt, Anderson said that a decision regarding Friedgen's future had not been reached. Friedgen is seeking to get a contract extension.

Leach was mentioned along with former Notre Dame and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham and New Mexico coach Mike Locksley, a former Maryland assistant, as potential candidates should Friedgen, 63, be coaxed into retirement. Leach's teams at Texas Tech were always among the nation's top scorers and the quarterbacks who ran Leach's spread offense were often among the leaders in touchdowns and yardage.

O'Hagan said that Leach, who now lives in Key West, Fla., was not available for comment.

"He's fishing," O'Hagan.

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