Friedgen: 'Maryland is where I want to be'

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen received
an eight-year contract extension that could keep him at his alma
mater through 2012.

Friedgen is 31-8 in three seasons with the Terrapins.

His base salary will be $210,790 a year and his total annual
package will be about $1.5 million, according to a statement
released Friday by athletic director Deborah A. Yow.

The contract requires that $1 million be paid to the university
if Friedgen leaves for a coaching position at any other college or
professional team.

"Maryland is where I want to be," the 57-year-old Friedgen
said. "With the improvement of our facilities and the progress
this program has seen in the last three years, I am enthusiastic
about seeing how high we can take it."

Maryland is one of only five schools in Division I-A to have won
at least 10 games in each of the last three seasons. Friedgen's
fourth season opens at home Sept. 4 against Northern Illinois.