- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2006

Maryland offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe resigned yesterday, making him the second coordinator to leave the football program this offseason.

Taaffe wished the program well in a statement released by the school as he “explore• other coaching opportunities.” Taaffe, who also served as the Terrapins’ quarterbacks coach, was unavailable for further comment last night.

Defensive coordinator Gary Blackney retired after the Terps’ season-ending loss at N.C. State on Nov. 26. The Terps hired Kansas State linebackers coach Chris Cosh in December to replace Blackney. Both Taaffe and Blackney were on coach Ralph Friedgen’s original staff in 2001.

Friedgen said he would begin an immediate search for Taaffe’s replacement.

“I’m definitely going to be looking for a guy who’s a good coordinator and a good recruiter,” Friedgen told reporters in a teleconference last night. “You can’t have enough good recruiters.”

Taaffe helped develop quarterbacks Shaun Hill, who led Maryland to an ACC title in 2001, and Scott McBrien, who helped the Terps win consecutive bowl games. Yet in the last two years Maryland has endured inconsistent quarterbacking and, in turn, mediocre offenses.

Two seasons ago, the Terps averaged 17.7 points with Joel Statham as the primary starter. Maryland scored 24.5 points a game last year behind Sam Hollenbach, who played the final month with a separated collarbone. However, the Terps still finished 5-6 for the second straight season.

The Terps ranked 69th in Division I-A in scoring offense, 56th in total offense (383.9 yards a game) and 73rd in rushing offense (134.8 yards) last season. In the last two years, Maryland quarterbacks have combined for 23 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.


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