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Talking Boise with The Fridge

Just got off the teleconference with Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow.

Regarding the Humanitarian Bowl, Friedgen said, “We’re excited to be going and we will do our best to get our eighth win. Losing our last two games, we’re lucky to be going to a bowl.”

Friedgen said he is concerned about not having continuity in practice because of the exam schedule. Maryland will practice this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Terps may practice this Saturday. They will practice next Sunday. Then Maryland will take a week off for exams. Then, on the 20th, Maryland will practice. They’ll have a morning practice on the 21st, and practice on the 22nd and 23rd. They plan to leave for Boise on the 26th. “It’s less practice than in the past,” Friedgen said. “I really don’t think I can practice during exams.”

Regarding replacing Cosh, Friedgen is unsure whether he will hire a defensive coordinator before the bowl or turn over coordinator duties for the bowl to Al Seamonson, who is outside linebackers and special teams assistant. Friedgen said he needs to decide ASAP. “I don’t want to rush into anything,” Friedgen said. “If I can do that quickly, I will. It’s more important to get the right guy.” Friedgen said he made some calls today and had some inquiries about the special teams job left open when Danny Pearman left for Clemson.

Friedgen said it is never easy when assistants leave at this time, but “I have been an assistant long enough to know these things happen. You want coaches with the ability to advance."

Regarding injuries, Friedgen does not think wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (leg) will practice this week, but Friedgen is hopeful he can play in the bowl game. He feels the same way about Travis Ivey and Dion Armstrong.

Regarding any other bowl options, Friedgen said once Orlando took Florida State "we were slotted to Boise."

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 7, 2008; 7:35 PM ET
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