Friedgen: Don't Celebrate too Much
Danny Oquendo’s touchdown pass to Isaiah Williams midway through the fourth quarter ignited the crowd but also resulted in an excessive celebration penalty on Maryland. And that, a 15-yard penalty, got under the skin of Coach Ralph Friedgen. While Friedgen does not necessarily agree with the rule, it is the rule.
“You go over there and bring attention to yourself,” Friedgen said. “Now we’re [penalized] on the kickoff. This is a game that centers around emotion. As long as the celebration is not demeaning or unsportsmanlike to your opponent … But that’s the rule. So obey the rule.”
Friedgen said Maryland players could have been called for the same penalty against California, and Friedgen told players that in a team meeting last week.
“If it happens again, I am going to be very angry about that,” said Friedgen, enunciating the word angry very slowly. “Let me say that again: angry. I told them in the locker room. They don’t want to make me angry.”
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