Friedgen off the Hot Seat?
Once again, this hot seat Web site means nothing. But it’s fun to look at just to see how the perception of Maryland changes with one win or one loss. According to the site, Friedgen is no longer on the dreaded hot seat, even though he rose to No. 5 after the MTSU loss. The first two guys on the list appear to be toast, barring an unforeseen turnaround. But No. 4 is making a darn good case for No. 1 in the nation after frittering away last night’s game against Colorado. I don’t think No. 6 belongs on the list at all. And No. 8 should be higher.
In the days after the MTSU loss, I told Ralph that I was getting a lot of feedback from the fans. My body language told Friedgen that most of what the fans were saying was not good.
“You don’t want to hear most of it,” I told him.
He paused, looked away for a second, and then, with a serious look on his face, said: “You’re right.”
Part of a coach’s psyche enables him to insulate himself from the criticism. But the tide turns quickly, and all the fans showering Ralph with criticism are quiet this week, and some are even talking about a possible ACC title. I’ll still say seven victories.
But my question is how many teams right now have a better chance than Maryland to win the ACC title? I say three: Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Clemson. Now, I’m not saying Maryland is the fourth-best team in the league. I’m saying that there is no overwhelming favorite and that Maryland has about the same chance to win the league as a team like FSU.
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