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Sometime today, you're probably going to find out the fate of Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, who has been meeting with Athletic Director Debbie Yow over the past 48 hours. I'm guessing Fridge stays, under some new conditions, but that's just a guess and the the rumor mill has been churning in both directions.

My opinion: I would give him one more year to turn things around. He's got a young team and a decent influx of new talent, and I don't know if you can overlook what he did for the program when he got here. But I'm slow on the trigger when it comes to firing managers and coaches, because I think that's often -- but not always -- a simplistic substitute for the hard work of fixing systemic problems.

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While Friedgen was twisting in the wind, Notre Dame surprised no one by firing Charlie Weis, who became the latest coach to wilt under the weight of a program that can no longer live up to its tradition. Maybe the next guy will be different. Did I see Brian Billick's name being thrown around?

The other big college football coaching story is breaking in Florida, where there is intense speculation that 80-year-old Florida State coaching legend Bobby Bowden will announce his retirement today. He's had a great career -- one of the greatest, in fact -- but 80 probably is enough.

While we're on the subject of job changes, here's Jeff Zrebiec's story confirming that Orioles executive Wayne Krivsky, who is special assistant to Andy MacPhail, has left the team to take a similar position with the New York Mets. No early word on how or if the O's will re-fill that position.

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