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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010

The sacking of Ralph Friedgen

By Jim Hoehn, Rockville

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.

By Jim Hoehn, Rockville  | December 23, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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Agree with you Jim. And Wally Loh's statement equating the payoff of Ralph's contract with integrity defies logic. Kevin Anderson followed his actions up recently with a Holiday Message featuring a blob of unknown folks standing on the Comcast Center floor. Definitely spin control. How hollow that rings for Terp alums like me. Anderson's actions will take care of themselves if major success doesn't follow on the field. Interesting that the shallow Loh didn't bother to define what the bar is for Anderson to keep his job, but then again those in academia aren't real big on defining standards. In order to make Loh squirm, one only has to hit him where he lives - at the donor level. I for one will not be responding to any of those email, mail, and phone requests from UM for donations.

Posted by: Terps85 | December 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Ralph should be re-hired with a raise. If the new AD is allowed to stay, he should concentrate on selling luxury boxes, and leave the building of young men's character and football to Ralph. I'm afraid the new AD is going to bring in someone from a Texas football factory - and soon the headlines will be of recruits crashing their booster-provided cars into their booster provided beach houses (like other schools); rather than student athletes getting whacked on their scooters in front of their classrooms. Neither the new president nor the AD know what it is to be a Terp. They are just passing through, unlike Ralph.

Posted by: jburnetti | December 30, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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