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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.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 1:36 PM ET
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This comes down to the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Was the penalty for the hand slaps with the fans or was it for the two chest bumps or was it a combination of both? These are kids let them get a little spontaneous joy out of what they do. I can see where if you put everything together on that play it might have been too much but I can also see where the player didn't even know he was doing anything.

The same penalty was called in the VT/UNC where a UNC player dove over the goal line from five yards out. Good call on that play because every player knows that you are not allowed to do that and it is an in your face move.

On the celebration after the score calls it seems that the players need to know what the limits of every ref are so they konw how happy they can be when they score. I don't like the rule because it has taken too much of the fun and emmotion out of the game.

Posted by: Paco in Ajijic | September 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Very nice win but what's it going take to get Ralphie angry about his lack of a pass defense?
Tough to be effective when receivers are given 10-15 yards off the line no matter what the situation is...even tougher to defend when your back is to the play.

Posted by: RD-EC | September 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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