Reports: Maryland met with Mike Leach

Updated: December 31, 2010, 1:29 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

One day after Ralph Friedgen coached his final game with Maryland, the school ramped up the search for its next head coach.

According to multiple reports, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach met with Maryland on Thursday. Two sources told the Washington Post the meeting went well.

The school has not offered the position to anyone, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday that Maryland may have reached out to Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"I have not talked to anybody personally, but there are possibilities of contact," Chizik told reporters.

SMU coach June Jones was a candidate, but the former Hawaii coach withdrew his name from consideration.

Friedgen was fired on Dec. 20, but allowed to coach in Maryland's bowl game.

During his 10 years at his alma mater, Friedgen went 75-50, including a 51-20 win over East Carolina in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman on Wednesday. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year for a second time this year and earned his seventh postseason appearance with the Terps.

Athletic director Kevin Anderson said when he fired Friedgen he planned to fill the position by Jan. 4.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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