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Maryland extends Yow's contract as AD


Debbie Yow has received a four-year extension as Maryland athletic director, the school announced yesterday.

Yow, who had two years remaining on her previous contract, will run Maryland's athletic department until at least 2008.

Contract terms were not disclosed, but the signing comes after the school's sports programs enjoyed their best year in recent history. The Terrapins reached the Final Four in men's basketball, won the Atlantic Coast Conference title and went to the Orange Bowl in football, won another national championship in women's lacrosse and were runners-up in field hockey.

"We are fortunate to have one of the nation's top athletic directors at Maryland," university president C.D. Mote said in a statement. "The evidence is clear, extending from her very successful and resourceful leadership of the athletic department to the quality of the coaching staff and athletes who represent the university essentially daily. Like so many of our athletes, Debbie is a true champion."

Yow came to Maryland in 1994 from Saint Louis University, taking over an athletic program that had been running deficits for 10 straight years. Since her arrival, the program has reported balanced budgets each year.

This is the third extension of contracts between Maryland and Yow, whose previous contract was signed in November 1999.

A former president of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics, Yow has in recent years rebuffed advances from programs such as UCLA that had been interested in hiring her.

"I work with what I consider to be the best group of administrators and coaches in collegiate athletics," Yow said in a statement, "and am privileged to have a president who understands and appreciates the value of intercollegiate athletics within the university community."

NOTES: Largo, Fla., linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has signed a letter of intent to play football at Maryland, the school announced. Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound player from Seminole High School, is a two-time all-state selection in Florida. He had committed to the Terps in the middle of last month, and is the fifth linebacker in Maryland's class of 22 recruits. ...

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen will be honored as the Bobby Dodd Award winner as the nation's top coach in 2001 in a banquet Feb. 26. Tickets to the banquet at the university's Inn and Conference Center can be purchased for $45 through the athletic department at 301-314-7020.

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