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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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2008; 10:01 AM ET
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The good news is this hopefully means Groh stays and Cosh goes!

Posted by: GoodNews | October 5, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

How does this staff let such a train-wreck occur when so much is on the line-ACC Standings, Recruiting? What happened to the O-Line and D-Line last night as they were completely outplayed the entire game? Why was the offense so conservative and not pressing to get the ball to the playmakers more consistently? Being at the game, I had the sense that the Terps thought they could flip the switch and run away with the game at any point, but the coaches and players should have already realized by this point that there margin for error is slim and they are not head and shoulders better than most teams. One would have thought that the MTSU game would serve as a motivating rallying-cry for the rest of the season, but what a short-term memory this team has. Where was the pride factor last night? The Fridge and his staff need to get it in high gear quickly to establish more of an attacking style on both sides of the ball before this season becomes another one of mediocrity or worse.

Posted by: Terp Faithful | October 5, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Time to fire the whole defensive staff- fire Chris Cosh & Co and bring back Blackney. Ridiculous.... And recruit a legitimate QB

Posted by: turtle soup | October 5, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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