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Friedgen on ACC Teleconference

Okay, everyone: I’m back. Thank you for the e-mails. Just got off the ACC teleconference. I check in with the ACC teleconference each week a few minutes before Coach Ralph Friedgen is scheduled to take questions. That means I catch the second half of the interview with Miami Coach Randy Shannon, who is not exactly the best quote on the planet.

Once Shannon was done, Friedgen jumped on and talked about many of the same issues we have discussed here over the past week or so. A Charlotte reporter asked a good question about whether coaches are preparing quarterbacks any differently because so many have already been sidelined, either because of performance or injury, in the ACC. Friedgen talked about preparing both Chris Turner and Josh Portis each week as if both will play.

A Clemson beat writer asked about running back Davin Meggett and his recruitment. Friedgen talked about having Meggett in Maryland’s camp as a youngster and the fact that Meggett was not highly recruited. Friedgen said he liked Meggett’s time in the 40 and that he was an excellent student. Friedgen said he was the first to offer Meggett a scholarship even though the running back was only 5-foot-9, 205 pounds at the time.

A reporter from Virginia asked about the challenges of facing Clemson. And Friedgen said he expects Clemson to try to make it a perimeter game and try to get the ball on the perimeter and on the outside so the Tigers can use their speed. Friedgen said it is important for his defenders to maintain good pad level and play physical.

There were a handful of questions about Darrius Heyward-Bey and the offense, and a reporter from Greensboro asked about the team’s mindset following the loss to Middle Tennessee State. Friedgen again explained how he challenged the team the night before the California game. He said he could not tell how the team would respond because players seemed tight before kickoff. But they played very well.

I’ll provide the lowdown on Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden’s interview in 27 minutes.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 11:29 AM ET
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Comments

Prediction:

Clemson -- 48
Maryland -- 17

Maryland will finish with a 4-8 record (good for last place in the ACC - even behind Duke).

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | September 24, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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