Despite reports of firing, Maryland says Kevin Anderson remains athletic director

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson speaks at a news conference announcing the firing of football coach Randy Edsall in 2015.
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson speaks at a news conference announcing the firing of football coach Randy Edsall in 2015. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Despite several reports that Kevin Anderson has been fired, Maryland tweeted Saturday that he remains the school's athletic director.

Anderson has been the athletic director since replacing Debbie Yow in 2010.


Sources familiar with the situation said Anderson had not been in his College Park office since the end of September.

Anderson and university president Wallace Loh have been at odds for a couple of years, one source said.


Their issues escalated in recent months when Anderson, a San Francisco native, spoke with the University of California about the vacant athletic director job without telling Loh, who learned of Anderson's discussions with officials in Berkeley.

One source said Anderson was upset when the Cole Field House renovation project was expanded and the costs rose from $155 million to $196 million, with the once-financially-strapped athletic department being told it had to contribute as much as $18 million.

Anderson has been a polarizing figure for much of his tenure, starting with his firing of popular football coach Ralph Friedgen, a Maryland alumnus, after he led the Terps to a 9-4 record in 2010 and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

Budget constraints forced Maryland to officially disband seven sports teams Monday, with only men's track saving itself by raising enough money to continue operation.

The subsequent hiring of Randy Edsall brought more heat, as did Edsall's tenure as head coach that ended with his midseason firing in 2015.

Anderson also cut seven sports in 2012.

But Anderson did hire men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon, who has taken the Terps to three straight NCAA tournaments, and oversaw Maryland's move from the ACC to the more lucrative Big Ten.

The Terps' nonrevenue sports have also been successful. Maryland's men's and women's lacrosse teams won NCAA titles this past spring. The soccer, field hockey and baseball programs have been consistent winners.

Neither Anderson nor Loh could be reached for comment.

Asked after Saturday's 37-21 loss to Northwestern, second-year football coach DJ Durkin was asked whether he was aware of the turmoil surrounding Anderson and whether it had an effect on his team's play.

"It didn't have an effect on our team," said Durkin, who was brought in by Anderson after serving as defensive coordinator at Michigan. "I don't know what got out. … I don't think the players even were aware of it."

Said Sasho Cirovski: "We went from one nice neighborhood to another great neighborhood."

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