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Maryland forward Jin Soo Choi shoots free throws during the second half Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Following the legend (or coaching IU soccer)

It never works out when you’re the guy following THE GUY.

Just ask Gene Bartow, Ray Perkins or Bill Guthridge. Heck, even ask Mike Davis.

And the freshest name to add to the list: Mike Freitag.

Freitag was told Tuesday his contract would not be renewed as the Indiana soccer coach after a season that ended with a school-record 10 losses, and in so-doing extended the number of years without a trip to the College Cup to five.

The successor to college soccer’s all-time winningest coach, Jerry Yeagley, Freitag had to know this was a possibility from the time he took the job as Yeagley’s hand-picked successor six years ago. When you follow a legend, anything short of matching the previous level of success is a failure.

Freitag won the 2004 national championship in his first year, but not unlike Davis’ 2002 run to the championship game, the critics said he did it with his predecessors’ players. And like Davis, he was unable to put together another comparable season.

Now we can debate the departure of Freitag as fair or unfair based on a number of mitigating factors. But the bottom line is results, something that even he was disappointed in.

After last season, Freitag admitted to me that his team did not accomplish any of its goals: winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament, reaching the College Cup. I’m sure he’d say the same this year.

And when you’re following a guy who had one bad year out of 30, the rope you’re given to hang yourself is only so long.

Vasquez apologizes to fans


Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez says he’s sorry to the two student fans seated on the floor during the second half of the Maryland Indiana basketball game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Vasquez and the two fans where taunting each other until security forced the students to not say another word with about four minutes left on the clock. Maryland won 80-68.

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Indiana guards Jeremiah Rivers, left, and Jordan Hulls walk off the court after Tuesday’s 80-68 loss to Maryland. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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ScoopTalk: IU falters, Freitag’s forced out

Freitag will not return as Indiana soccer coach

Here’s the full story, posted on HoosiersHQ.

Here’s the short of it:

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass reviewed the state of the program and decided that it was not headed in the direction he wanted it to. Yes, Indiana lost 10 games this year for the first time in program history. It also played a difficult schedule.

“The record, that was only part of it,” Glass said. “If I had thought the program was going in the right direction the record wouldn’t have mattered. But, ultimately, I could not come to that conclusion.”

Glass will begin the search for the third coach in program history — Freitag was Jerry Yeagley’s hand-picked successor — immediately. He has said he’d prefer to hire a coach with an Indiana background, and acknowledged his plan to contact the athletic directors of the “three or four” successful alums currently coaching in college.

Those first two calls will likely be to Caleb Porter, coach of the No. 1 Akron Zips, and Jerry’s son Todd Yeagley of Wisconsin.

Brian Maisonnueve, an assistant at Louisville, could also become a candidate.

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