By Ron Fritz

Having been turned down by most of the top young coaches in the game -- Arizona's Sean Miller, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Villanova's Jay Wright, Butler's Brad Stevens -- according to various media reports and our own sources, would Terps Nation be happy with Mike Brey or Tubby Smith?


Brey reportedly is working on a contract extension, but that's before Miller decided to stay at Arizona.

Or do you go after another young coach like VCU's Shaka Smart or Richmond's Chris Mooney possibly before they are totally ready to take over the Maryland program?

Is it a middle-of-the-road candidate like Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon, who is 46 and has reached the NCAA Tournament four straight years with the Aggies? He hasn't advance past the second round.

Brey would come in and win, but would he win enough? When he took over at Delaware, he reached the NCAA Tournament, but failed to advance past the first round, which was understandable. UD was in the America East then and didn't have the prestige of the CAA.

I was sports editor in Wilmington, Del., when he coached the Blue Hens and he was absolutely the best choice there. He was dynamic, young and great with the media and local community. A real class act. That's why Notre Dame hired him. He's consistently won with the Irish, but reached the Sweet Sixteen just once.

Smith has also won consistently wherever he's been, including a national championship his first year at Kentucky. Then he didn't win enough the rest of his time there to satisfy the Bluegrass faithful. He's even raised Minnesota's NCAA profile. When you consider his roots in Maryland, it's not a stretch that he'd want one more shot at a high-profile program.

So do you go proven winner and safe choice with either Brey or Smith? Do you roll the dice on a young guy? Would Turgeon excite Terps Nation? Nope.

Based on the hiring of Randy Edsall as football coach, I'd bet Brey, if he wants it.