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Evaluation Week: Grading Friedgen's Performance

Today is the first installment of our weeklong evaluation of Maryland at the season’s midpoint. Throughout the week, we will examine the performance of different units, coordinators and, of course, Ralph Friedgen.

We start at the top today with Friedgen, who is in his 8th season at his alma mater. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when thinking about Friedgen’s performance since training camp:

The team is 4-2, a midseason record most fans would have taken before the season started … The losses at Middle Tennessee and Virginia were two of the worst of the Friedgen era … the quarterback who has led Maryland to victories over Clemson and Cal was tapped as the backup to start the season … Friedgen named Jordan Steffy the starter based on practice performance, not based on the games Chris Turner won last season … Friedgen lit a fire under the team the night before the Cal game … Friedgen did not overreact in the locker room at halftime of the Clemson game … Friedgen admits he has been unable to consistently reach a veteran team … After failing to adequately motivate players last season, Friedgen has made a concerted effort to do so this season, but he has struggled motivating the team for games against Virginia and MTSU … Friedgen said Sunday that he feels “inadequate” in trying to convey messages to these players … By giving up play-calling duties, Friedgen is more like the program's CEO this season, a move that was supposed to allow Friedgen to become closer to players ...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 6, 2008; 6:20 AM ET
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Why is Fridge continunig to take the heat for his players?
There are 31+ seniors on this team. Please don't throw that bs at the fans and say "I am not getting thru to them". If that is the case, start playing for the future because next year will be hell with new players and than it is okay to say you can not get thru to them, but not now.

Posted by: jack | October 6, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.


Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

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 | October 6, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This is a familiar refrain we hear on a yearly basis like a song with a bad backbeat played incessantly on the radio.

But no coach should be admitting in public that he can't reach his players. That's basically telling the world you are incompetent.

That sign of weakness will give you no credibility in the locker room.

Posted by: Charles | October 6, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Fire Chris Cosh and the rest of the defensivve staff- please. If the Fridge is too loyal and can't do this, then the Fridge should be relieved too. Bring back Gary Blackney.

Posted by: turtle soup | October 6, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Gary, you continue to ruminate over the same tired predictions following each Maryland loss. Where were you after the California and Clemson games?

Now then, I suggest you go home and try to conjure up a cogent thought for a change. Please don't consider contributing again until you're ready to engage in civilized discourse among educated adults.

Posted by: Cal grad | October 6, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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