News Flash: Taggart named WKU coach

Tom Dienhart
Yahoo! Sports

Stanford running backs coach Willie Taggart has been named the new head coach of Western Kentucky, according to

Taggart was a quarterback at Western Kentucky from 1995-98. He also was an assistant at WKU under Jack Harbaugh. Taggart has spent the last two years at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh.

Charges dropped against Vols' Jackson

Prosecutors in Tennessee dropped charges of attempted aggravated armed robbery against Volunteers freshman safety Janzen Jackson.

Janzen's future with the team is to be determined, coach Lane Kiffin said.

Janzen and teammates Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards were charged with holding up a convenience store near the Tennessee campus on Nov. 12. Charges are still pending against Richardson and Edwards, who have been dismissed from the team.

Friedgen's future?

The status of Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen is uncertain, according to the Washington Post.

The school is expected to determine Friedgen's fate at the end of the season. To keep his job, he may have to make staff changes. Another possibility is a buyout, which could cost the school more than $4 million.

Friedgen, who has two years left on his deal, is close to wrapping up his fourth losing season in the past six years. The Terrapins are 2-9 overall and 1-6 in the ACC. If Maryland loses its season finale against Boston College, it will be the first 10-loss season in school history.

Maryland named offensive coordinator James Franklin the head coach in waiting last winter, but that plan could be scrapped given the team's recent struggles.

Friedgen is in his ninth season in College Park, producing a 66-45 record with six bowls. He went 31-8 his first three seasons.

Akron mulls Brookhart

Akron coach J.D. Brookhart may lose his job. The Zips are 2-9 overall and 1-6 in the MAC.

The Zips have lost 21 players to injury in 2009. Akron has been playing with a third-string quarterback most of the season. Starter Chris Jacquemain was kicked off the team in September, and backup Matt Rodgers struggled. True freshman Patrick Nicely, who was supposed to redshirt, instead has started the past seven games.

Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill, who was hired in August, has said he will evaluate Brookhart at the end of the season. The Zips finish the season Friday at home against Eastern Michigan.

It would cost Akron approximately $200,000 to buy out Brookhart and another $100,000 to fulfill his assistants' salaries. And Akron can expect to pay considerably more for its next coach and his staff, if a change is made, potentially bringing the cost of a coaching change close to $1 million.

Brookhart is in his sixth season at Akron, entering this year with a 24-28 record. He led the Zips to the MAC title in 2005.

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