“Today I am resigning from my position of Athletic Director at the University of Maryland. I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish over the last seven years at the University of Maryland," said Kevin Anderson.
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson resigned Friday, the expected end of an eight-year tenure fraught with change both good and bad.
When Anderson was hired to replace Debbie Yow, the Terps competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Gary Williams was their men's basketball coach and Ralph Friedgen their football coach. They hadn't won a national title in men's lacrosse in decades. They still had 27 varsity teams.
In a move that was expected from the day it was announced he was taking a six-month “professional development sabbatical,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson resigned, the school announced Friday.
Dec. 20, 2010: Longtime Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen is told his contract will not be extended. The team finishes the season 9-4 overall, including a win in the Military Bowl, Friedgen's final game as coach. He ends his Terps career 75-50 overall, with losing seasons in four of his final seven years. Anderson says he hopes Maryland's next coach will take the program from "good to great."
Jan. 2, 2011: Connecticut's Randy Edsall is named Maryland's football coach.
May 5, 2011: Longtime Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams, who led the Terps to the program's lone national championship, retires after 22 seasons at his alma mater. Arizona coach Sean Miller is reported soon after to be Anderson's top target.
May 9, 2011: Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon is named Maryland's men's basketball coach. He says at his introductory news conference that his style of play is "winning."
Nov. 14, 2011: Citing budget and fundraising woes, a university commission concludes that the Maryland athletic department cannot support 27 varsity teams and recommends the elimination of six sports.
July 2, 2012: Maryland cuts men's cross country, men's indoor track, men's tennis, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, women's water polo, and women's acrobatics and tumbling. Anderson calls the experience "one of the most difficult things I've ever encountered in my entire life besides death to immediate family members."
Nov. 19, 2012: Seeking financial stability in its athletic department, Maryland announces that it will join the Big Ten Conference in 2014. The school had been a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since the league's founding in 1953.
Oct. 11, 2015: After a series of blowout losses and a 2-4 start, Edsall is fired midway through his fifth season at Maryland. He finishes his Terps career 22-34 overall. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is named interim head coach. "We want somebody who's going to come in here and excite the fan base," Anderson says.
Dec. 2, 2015: Florida defensive coordinator DJ Durkin is named Maryland's football coach. "I hired the best guy out there," Anderson says.
Oct. 27, 2016: Turgeon, coming off Maryland's first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003, signs a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2022-23 season and is worth a little more than $2.5 million annually.
May 29, 2017: Maryland men's lacrosse wins its first national title since 1975, defeating Ohio State, 9-6.
Aug. 2, 2017: Maryland's first indoor football practice facility opens, completing the first phase of a $196 million project that will transform Cole Field House.
Oct. 16, 2017: Anderson announces that he will be taking a six-month sabbatical while remaining on the job. Senior associate athletic director Damon Evans assumes Anderson's day-to-day duties. Sources said Anderson had not been seen in his office since the end of September, and had not attended any of the football team's games.
April 13, 2018:Anderson resigns, with a national search for his replacement set to start in the coming weeks.