Thoughts On Friedgen's News Conference
I was wondering how Ralph Friedgen would personally react after the game to the loss. Would he be angry? Frustrated? Would he say the season is far from over? Would he take the responsibility himself? He surprised me again. When the news conference began, he was combative, batting the first question back at the reporter. Then he opened up a little. Again, he talked about a lack of focus and that he knew what the team would encounter in Charlottesville. I asked him where the blame falls, and he said on his shoulders.
Then came the bizarre quote that reporters were repeating to each other into the wee hours of the morning: "You guys must think I'm trying to throw these games."
Then came the part that I found most interesting. Friedgen had a microphone in front of him, but all of a sudden he started to speak softly, almost whisper, and he said, "I don't know. I don't know. I don't know." Then he said he wished he could have done more and questioned whether players simply do not hear his message or whether they don't want to hear his message. It is a valid question. And when you have a team with 31 seniors and they aren't hearing you, then you have serious problems that can't be solved overnight or by a second-half collapse by Clemson. Where this team is headed, nobody knows.
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