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Posted at 7:57 PM ET, 12/23/2010

U-md.'s bad 'business' decision

By Thomas Ponton, Columbia

Let me get this straight: The University of Maryland is firing Ralph Friedgen, an alumnus, even though the football coach made kids go to class, was named ACC coach of the year, engineered one of the biggest program turnarounds in the country and took his teams to bowl games in seven of the past 10 years.

As a Maryland alum and a parent of a Maryland student, I am miffed by the school’s “business” decision, seemingly made by two outsiders who have been on campus for a matter of months.

This just isn’t right, and I can’t help but feel that this decision will eventually come back to haunt the university.

By Thomas Ponton, Columbia  | December 23, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, Prince George's County  
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Comments

Right on Thomas! The Board of Regents are the ones who should bear the brunt of this disgrace. They sold us on Wally Loh who in turn sold us on Kevin Anderson. I think UM missed on both appointments, and I think they are both in over their heads. At least now you know how to respond when those email, mail, and phone requests come in for UM donations. No thanks! A true display of integrity.

Posted by: Terps85 | December 24, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with you, Thomas. Who are these two clowns? Why did the Board of Regents select Chairman Lol over a number of other candidates? Moreover, how can the University justify firing an alumnus who for ten years worked tirelessly to bring the football team out of the depths of mediocrity?
Kevin Anderson is completely in over his head. His football and basketball teams at Army consistently ended up with losing records. I agree totally with your assessment that both of these appointments will come back to haunt the University years from now.
Also, I wonder if Gary Williams is now contemplating whether he is going to be "Ralph'd"

Posted by: PeoplesRepublicofMD | December 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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