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The Practice That Never Was

Ralph Friedgen has questioned all season whether he has been reaching his players. But one practice he did not call may have sent a clear message to his players.

After the 23-13 loss at Virginia Tech on Nov. 6, Friedgen was “very upset” and thought long and hard about staging a 5 a.m. practice that Friday to wake his players up, literally and figuratively.

“It’s like when you see your children don’t do well and you want them to do well,” Friedgen said. “You don’t know whether to scold them or cuddle them. It’s kind of that type of deal with these guys.”

In the end, Friedgen decided against unleashing the “wrath of Ralph,” as he called it. It turned out to be the right move. We will now see how Maryland can handle some success.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 10:45 AM ET
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Same second guess he made after the UVA loss with the midnight practice. Can you really say these are good decisions? Maybe if he has the midnight practice or the 5am practice the Terps win the next game (when pride will motivate them anyways) AND some other trap games down the road...

Posted by: Lee26 | November 17, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

haven't coaches threatened doing this for as long as there has been football? even in high school 20 years ago our coach pulled this after a road game. For the whole bus ride home we are still in our pads thinking that we would be running tackling drills once we got home. Of course he just gave us a stern pep talk and sent us home. I wonder if anyone has ever really followed through on this threat.

Posted by: mcmelton | November 17, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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