Maryland Assistant Cosh to Depart for Kansas State

By Eric Prisbell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 6, 2008

Chris Cosh is leaving Maryland after three seasons as Coach Ralph Friedgen's defensive coordinator to become Kansas State's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, said his wife, Mary Cosh. A Maryland official said Cosh will not coach in the Terrapins' bowl game.

Cosh is returning to Kansas State to work with Coach Bill Snyder, whom Cosh worked under as linebackers coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Snyder, who came out of retirement two weeks ago, said in a recent telephone interview that he has a deep affection for Cosh and respects him as a communicator, teacher and family man.

Maryland has endured a wildly inconsistent season, but a vocal segment of the fan base has directed its ire almost exclusively at Cosh, 49. The performance of his unit, which ranked ninth in the ACC in total defense, ranged from poor to occasionally impressive during an overall erratic season.

During a midseason interview, Friedgen praised Cosh for building strong recruiting ties in the area and said he had not lost any confidence in the Washington native. But Friedgen called Cosh an "evolving coach" because he sometimes became too emotional on the sideline.

Defensive communication issues arose during at least three games this season, including late in the second half of a 23-13 loss at Virginia Tech on Nov. 6. That prompted a displeased Friedgen to emphatically address Cosh on the sideline. But Friedgen believed Cosh's second-half adjustments were the reason Maryland beat Clemson, 20-17, on Sept. 27. Maryland held the Tigers to 26 rushing yards in the second half and rallied from an 11-point deficit on the road.

Snyder, who recommended Cosh to Friedgen in late 2005, recently said: "When coaches ask me about another coach, they finish by asking is there some fault in the individual. When asked the same question about Chris, I was hard-pressed to find one."

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