The sacking of Ralph Friedgen
The fashion in which Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen was fired does not reflect well on the University of Maryland [“Friedgen is shown door,” Sports, Dec. 21].
In the past decade, Mr. Friedgen returned a failed football program to relative prominence, had a winning record, went to bowls, avoided scandal and was just named ACC Coach of the Year. While the stands might not be full, he put more people in those stands than his immediate predecessors. The initial pronouncements from the new athletic director and the new College Park campus president failed to recognize these accomplishments and the role that Mr. Friedgen, along with Brenda Frese, Gary Williams and others, has played in restoring integrity and popularity to Maryland sports.
While The Post has been critical of Maryland sports in the past few years, one would hope that its future coverage will include reports on whether the chase at College Park for higher BCS rankings and greater revenue comes at the expense of the integrity that Mr. Friedgen and his fellow coaches have been building.
Jim Hoehn, Rockville
| December 23, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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