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The Friedgen and Yow talks have begun

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen today began discussions with athletic director Deborah Yow about his future.

The talks are expected to continue as soon as Monday. I've filed a story on this.

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A few points:

*We asked Yow about the job security of Friedgen's assistant coaches and she replied in an e-mail that Friedgen "is the person you should talk to about any potential staff changes, since those choice(s) belong to the respective head coach in each of our 27 sports."

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Might there be pressure on Fridge to cut loose an assistant or two? We don't yet know.

*Doesn't it sound to you like Fridge is proposing an option-style offense assuming he is the coach next season? Keep in mind that he said on Saturday that he had some "ideas" to share with Yow during their meetings about the offense and the defense.

Friedgen said he had talked to offensive coordinator James Franklin about some changes in Maryland's approach. He said the plan wouldn't have suited outgoing quarterback Chris Turner, who is not particularly mobile. Pretty clear that the Terps want a dual-threat sort of attack next season that could utilitize Jamarr Robinson's quickness.

Franklin, by the way, once informally ranked the quarterbacks for me in terms of speed. He said Robinson was fastest, followed by C.J. Brown, then Danny O'Brien and then Turner. He didn't rank transfer Clay Belton.

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