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The Hot Seat

Two games into the season and Ralph Friedgen already finds himself in select company. Friedgen has moved into list of the top five coaches on the hot seat. Granted, these rankings don’t mean any more than the Web page they are printed on, but the folks who run this site always make it interesting and comprehensive. No surprises with the top three on the list. And No. 9 usually finds himself somewhere on the list after a jaw-dropping loss; this time it came in the season’s opening week. I just like to get a sense of what the rest of the country feels about the program here, and right now that feeling is not good. Where would everyone else rank The Fridge on this list?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 11:43 AM ET
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Posted by: ICBomber | September 9, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I think people with an unbiased take on Maryland Football see what a lot of people on this board have been stating. This year and next are big years for Ralph and he deserves to be on the hot seat. He deserves credit when things go well and blame when they are not. Some on here defend him based on his first three years and Ralph does deserve credit for those years. But how long can one live off success that happened 4 or 5 years ago? At what point do even the Ralph supporters realize the direction of the program may be pointed toward mediocrity just like it was before Ralph's first three years.

Posted by: zman | September 9, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

First, their website pretty much sucks. In this day and age how do you build an uglier and slower loading site?

Their review seemed decent.

To me, the #1 factor is intensity (as they point out). If Fridge can't get the guys to listen to him and to play all out, then that's the sign the kids have given up on him and that makes him a lameduck.

Another losing season (crappy bowl or not) is not really palatable at this point.

I can't presume to know what Yow or those boosters who have real power are thinking, but we'll find out how much loyalty has been built up...

Posted by: ckstevenson | September 9, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I think their analysis is correct in terms of likelihood of returning for 2009 even if the team finishes with a losing record. The Terps just are not in a financial position to be buying out that much of a contract. But two more years of mediocrity would likely lead to some further changes. I agree that he should be on the hot seat, but it's too soon to be buying out his contract.

Posted by: Jack57 | September 9, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Fridge's playbook? When they were winning, the plays were dynamic. The option opened up so much of what he wanted to run. It was fun to watch. The past couple of years it has been boring. How can he not recruit a QB that can run that system? The QB's from his first couple years weren't great, but they knew how to hold onto the ball and not make mistakes. The past couple of years they've lost some big games because the play calling and QB's are all mistakes. And how about the D? If you can call it that. 12 yard cushion on 3rd and 3 makes no sense to me. Made sense to MTSU since they threw to that guy for a 53 yard TD. MD's "revenue generating sports" have been awful at recruiting the past couple of years. Top notch facilities and we can get any top players.

Posted by: terpinpotomac | September 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

No bowl = no more Ralph. Pretty simple.

Posted by: J | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Ralph belongs in the top five. He has been saying off and on for several years that "he does not know how to get through to the players" and that is one of the things he is paid to do. His handling of players, especially the QB situation, was very poor. To say for months that the race for #1 was tight and all of a sudden Steffy was well ahead in stats as he makes him the starter was a joke. He has not had his teams ready to play in about half their games the past 2-3 years and again he makes too much for that be be acceptable. For an "offensive genius", the offense has been a joke this year and the past few years. It is time for him to start checking moving companies unless he wakes up.

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much respect he is losing from muscular, fit athletes by getting heavier (and out of shape) each year?

Posted by: charlie | September 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

When one of your major revenue sports is down, you can blame the coach. When both of your major revenue sports are down, I think you need to start taking a serious look at the department as a whole and its leadership. It seems pretty clear to me that Yow has pulled the rug out from underneath her coaches and is not giving them the reseouces they need to be successful in terms of assistant coaches. This seems to be evidenced by the abrupt departures of Blackney & Taafe, and repalcing them with substandard assistants like Cosh and Franklin. On the basketball side, the departure of Michael Adams the subborn refusal to even consider bringing Hahn back, even after being exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Posted by: Frank The Tank | September 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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