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Friedgen will consider broadcasting

Ousted Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen says he will consider football broadcasting, but won't rule out a return to coaching.

Friedgen said Thursday that an agency has approached him about broadcasting, but it's too soon to know where his career path will take him. He said he and his wife, Gloria, expect to soon put their Maryland house on the market. The family has homes in Georgia and South Carolina.

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The search committee is expected to begin meeting soon to identify candidates to replace Friedgen.

Friedgen, in his 10th season, learned that strength and conditioning coach Dwight Galt -- in his 23rd season at Maryland -- will join James Franklin's staff at Vanderbilt. Franklin was Maryland's offensive coordinator until accepting the Vanderbilt job last week.

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Galt's sons, Tommy and Deege, both played for the Terps under Friedgen.

"Dwight's done a good job," Friedgen said. "Not only is he a good strength coach, but he has done a good job mentoring kids."

Friedgen said he has no official word that running backs coach John Donovan and special teams coordinator Charles Bankins will also be leaving to join Franklin's staff. Both have met with Franklin in Nashville.

Friedgen said Donovan will call plays in the head coach's last Maryland game -- next Wednesday's Military Bowl against East Carolina. That had previously been Franklin's role.

Friedgen, wearing a black Terps sweat suit, talked to a handful of reporters in the basement conference room of a downtown Washington hotel. The Terps have been practicing for the Military Bowl. The team also toured the White House.

Friedgen, 63, joked at times with the media. But he also said: "I'm kind of going from day to day. I didn't sleep well last night again."

The Friedgens have talked about taking a long vacation.

"Gloria's talking about taking a trip somewhere warm, but I kind of want to be available for my coaches," Friedgen said.

In late January, Friedgen will have to decide whether to return to the annual football banquet. He said some players have indicated they want him there. But his term with Maryland will be officially be over, and he said it might be "a messy thing" to attend.

Friedgen is close with Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. The two families have homes on the same Georgia lake.

Might Friedgen ultimately join Virginia Tech's staff?

Friedgen said he simply didn't know. "I might," he said.

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