Friedgen's Good Mood
Before Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen finished practice and returned to the Gossett Team House, I was talking to a couple other reporters about how good of a mood Friedgen has been in throughout camp. Despite the team’s youth and uncertainty at many positions, Friedgen has been pleasant throughout, and on some days – like Wednesday – downright giddy. He walked into the team house and greeted reporters with a loud hello. We all walked together to his office, where Friedgen encountered his wife, Gloria, and greeted her with an affectionate comment.
As if that wasn’t enough, once we all sat down in his office, Friedgen and the reporters engaged in a 20-minute chat, perhaps the longest of the summer. I figured this was a good day to get Ralph to talk openly and at length on a topic, so I asked one question in the session and Ralph proceeded to take the next six minutes to answer it. Ralph often wears his emotions on his sleeve, so in past years he has never really been in such a good mood for so long throughout camp. He’s usually grumpy one day and pleasant the next, etc. This year has been different. We’ll see if that will change next week or after the opener against No. 12 California.
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