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Poll: Who Is to Blame for Dip in Season Ticket Sales?

Steve Yanda and I wrote a story for today’s paper on attendance. Check it out and let me know what you think. Personally, I was surprised there were so many empty seats for the Middle Tennessee game. You had a guy with a megaphone yelling “Payback!” in the parking lot before the game. I thought the fans would be fired up for the game. Then again, it was a beautiful day and there were a lot better things to do than watch a Sun Belt team beat an ACC team, perhaps.

That said, attendance should tick upward this week when Rutgers comes to town. Maryland officials are expecting the total to be between 48,000 and 49,000 (stadium capacity is 54,000). Brian Ullmann, Maryland’s senior associate athletic director of external operations, tells me they had sold 43,019 tickets by Tuesday night, which includes 3,300 for the visiting team. Students still have not picked up their full allotment, but they will in time.

But attendance has dipped in recent years. Check out the season ticket sales for the past five seasons:

2005: 31,661
2006: 30,098
2007: 29,948
2008: 27,915
2009: 26,774

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
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Comments

Take a look at the record in the 2001 to 2003 and since then. IMHO it is surprising attendance has not dropped more. I have been going to games since Bobby Ross was the coach and attendance is still better than it was throughout the 90s.

As far as last Saturday goes, another factor that Prisbell ignores is that Maryland has a significant number of jewish fans that did not attend the game because of the jewish holiday.

Posted by: Chief2 | September 23, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

How about the NEGATIVE COVERAGE GIVEN THE TERPS BY THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER??? I'm getting tired of reading nothing but gloom and doom out of Prisbell and Yanda. Sports are supposed to be fun - if you want to be so darn pessimistic and divisive - switch to covering politics!

Posted by: TerpGrad | September 23, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Please, no is not going to games because of the press.

First of all, in 2005 the Nats came to town which while not a huge draw certainly competes for the entertainment dollar. Capitals and Wizards are improved as well. So that is one thing.

The other thing is that the Terps have not gone to the next level that everyone was hoping. Ralph came in here and changed everything for Maryland but he has not been able to take things to the next level and compete for a championship.

Oddly 10 years ago the Terps always won non-conference home games by 30 points and lost the rest of their games.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | September 23, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, maybe the large number of bandwagon fans who have jumped ship?

Posted by: gmufan2000 | September 23, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Why is no one writing about the Fridge's mediocre recruiting? He only won with Vanderlinden's kids. I think we gave up on Vanderlinden one year too soon.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Maryland's football strategy has just been focused on getting 6 wins each year and going to a Bowl. In order to achieve the 6 wins they have significantly reduced the level of non conference competition which has masked the overall decline in the performance of the program. Sadly, that is no longer enough and the records for worst and most embarrassing loss get broken each season. I dont know whether Fridge cant get the recruits or Yowza wont let them into the school but something stinks in College Park. He was the National Coach of the Year back in 01/02 and they need to stop blaming the fans for lack of talent or success on the football field.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 23, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Shanks1 - Ralph's kids were not as good as Vanderlindens - He got the boot one year to early and now we are stuck. I hate to say it but Ralph has got to go. It is time.

Posted by: Stevida | September 23, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

And by the way, get rid of those CHEESEY all black uniforms...do not, I repeat DO NOT ever play in them again!!!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 23, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The mercenary policies of the athletic department have alienated the fan base. Instead of fostering long-term commitment, the constant sales cycle for Terrapin club contributions has alienated fans that still follow the team.

Posted by: KPOB819 | September 23, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Shanks1 - Ralph's kids were not as good as Vanderlindens - He got the boot one year to early and now we are stuck. I hate to say it but Ralph has got to go. It is time.

Posted by: Stevida | September 23, 2009 9:13 AM
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Please look at this link, realize you are dead wrong about recruiting and then take two days off as probation. This is your first warning. If you are not posting anything of substance then I will release the hounds and you will be ridiculed and eaten alive on this board.

http://www.mdgridiron.umd.edu/terps/TerpsInTheNFL.html

Posted by: fushezzi | September 23, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

1 -Fushezzi - great post on the last string.

2 - Jewish holiday does hurt MD attendance.

3 - Not a lot of MTSU grads locally who would have gone.

4 - Yeah, the cachet of the black uniforms no longer exists. Leave em in deep storage.

5 - I am not jumping ship. Hope for the best despite the performance thus far. Turner especially has delivered some amazing games against top competition. Suspect we will lose one of the games EP is counting on us to win (Wake?) but will beat one or more of the ACC powerhouses.

6 - Barno - disagree with you on Franklin getting the job based on skin color. He actually is a great recruiter and I think he will be an asset for the program for years to come. Would prefer an alum, though. It will not matter what color he is when he gets the job as long as he wins.

Posted by: HughGRection | September 23, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

This is all nonsense. We lost 2,000 season ticket sales in 2008, a year in which we were winning the ACC until we lost to FSU in our final home game. Gee, I wonder if the collapse in our economy had anything to do with it???

Please post the numbers prior to 2001...you're not painting the entire picture for the readers. What was the attendance like the year before Friedgen got here? Hmmmmm?

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

To all the Fridge bashers here: Have you considered that getting rid of the Fridge would actually make our program WORSE rather than better? Please look at the records of our teams, oh, from 1990-2000. We sucked! It is Ralph that made you care enough to even read the Terrapin Insider!

Posted by: aviscardo | September 23, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Why is no one writing about the Fridge's mediocre recruiting? He only won with Vanderlinden's kids. I think we gave up on Vanderlinden one year too soon.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 9:06 AM

I have to agree with Shanks1 - Ralph's kids were not as good as Vanderlindens - He got the boot one year to early and now we are stuck. I hate to say it but Ralph has got to go. It is time.

Posted by: Stevida | September 23, 2009 9:13 AM

Attention Morons, Ralph Friedgen won with these guys his first 3 seasons...NONE of whom were signed by Vanderlinden and nearly all made it to the NFL

Scott McBrien
Josh Allen
Dominique Foxworth
Shawn Merriman
D'Qwell Jackson
Randy Starks
Adam Podlesh
Vernon Davis
Stephen Heyer
Andrew Crummey
Rich Parson
Josh Wilson
Madieu Williams
Derrick Miller
Wesley Jefferson
Dre Moore

This does not even include many great recruits from 2004-present

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

And by the way, get rid of those CHEESEY all black uniforms...do not, I repeat DO NOT ever play in them again!!!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 23, 2009 9:15 AM

Those uniforms are great, and the players and students love them. And they're not going anywhere....so deal with it.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

As far as last Saturday goes, another factor that Prisbell ignores is that Maryland has a significant number of jewish fans that did not attend the game because of the jewish holiday.

Posted by: Chief2 | September 23, 2009 8:36 AM

This is actually a valid point. MD has more Jews than any school in the country, and more Jewish alumni than any school in the country. But yeah, I'm sure Jews stayed home not because of a sacred religious day on the calendar but because they don't like the Terps this year. Riiiight.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Who recruited....

EJ Henderson
Bruce Perry
Steve Sutter

......

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I can only blame this on the fans....
While I understand that people have to want to go to the games in the first place, it takes people showing up to fill a stadium. Ohio State, for instance has sold out every game in recent memory, no matter how bad the season is going- and their stadium is twice as big! Blame it on the school, the coach, the team, the athletic director, or swine-flu... but people don't seem to care all that much about Maryland football. Get some real fans!

Posted by: monugs | September 23, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Dude...i love these folks that compare ohio state and alabama and notre dame to terps

guess what...THERE IS NOTHING F'N TO DO IN SOUTH BEND, COLUMBUS, or BUM F Alabama...whatever the city is. the whole economy breaths on those schools.

college park is 15 minutes away from dc, 30 minutes from BMORE, we have pro teams, we have cities with better things to do than F'N tailgate on saturdays like these rubes and hicks in south bend.

i'm a terp and love fridge but unless your like usc and cheat the system...its hard for a university in a high density populate area to have the fan addiction like these rube towns like penn sate and such.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | September 23, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Also Kris Jenkins...

Really, as of right now, the best Terps in the pros are Shaun Hill, Kris Jenkins, EJ Henderson and Merriman.

Who are the players that built up the team in 2001-2003, and who brought them there? The team that played smart and was fun to watch.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

and stop this f'n debate about Vandy and recruiting. coaching and recruiting are two different things.

he was the worst head coach in history. the dude would not win if he recruited jerry rice, montana, gale sayers, ray lewis, etc etc.

did anyone watch maryland football prior to friday...no....it was atrocious. we have to thank our lucky starts for fridge. yes...we've been so so the past few years but

we were one game away from going to the acc championship 3 years ago, and two games away last year.

franlin stinks (all talk)...dan brown is a fraud.

go back to pro style offense...this cute west coast garbage is garbage.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | September 23, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Monugs: Appreciate your comparison to Ohio State but your example shows OSU having a bad SEASON..UMDs problem is that they are on the verge of a disastrous DECADE.....Put up a competitive DIV I team and the stadium will be full..guaranteed!...Right now, they are competitive Div II caliber and they should be lucky they get 25,000 per game..you wont see that many fans at Towson, Mt St Marys or Frostburg

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 23, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Relative to the question of why the attendance has slipped over the past 4-5 years is very much related to the product on the field; either the play of the teams or quality of opponents. I would suggest improving on the out of conference opponents as a start in getting this think turned around. Bring back Penn State, WVU, Navy and throw in a home and away with a Pac-10,SEC or Big-12 occassionally and see if we don't play up to the competition instead of down to it. I'd rather loose to a Penn State then squeak by or loss to a Sun Belt team--

Posted by: norfolkoms | September 23, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

We did have a home and away with a Pac-10 team..Cal. Nearly every school only plays 1 or 2 tough games before conference season - the issue here is that Maryland has started to lose games to teams that should be beaten.

MD did lose at Northern Illinois awhile ago..but Northern Illinois was led by Michael Turner at RB - you may have heard of him.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Also Kris Jenkins...

Really, as of right now, the best Terps in the pros are Shaun Hill, Kris Jenkins, EJ Henderson and Merriman.

Who are the players that built up the team in 2001-2003, and who brought them there?

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 11:25 AM

Kris Jenkins? You're not really this big of an idiot are you? He never played for Friedgen. Not one game. You're really going to cite players that weren't even here when Fridge got here? Wow. Just wow. Why not throw in Randy White and Boomer Esaison while you're at it?

Why is it that the people who want their great coaches fired are the ones with sh*t for brains?

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Attention Morons, Ralph Friedgen won with these guys his first 3 seasons...NONE of whom were signed by Vanderlinden and nearly all made it to the NFL ....

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 10:43 AM

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Fridgen's best year was his first, when he had NO recruits of his own playing. The roster from Sophs to Seniors were ALL Vanderlinden recruits. (McBrien literally fell into Fridge's lap.) As that base of players left the program, the result on the field has steadily declined. Sure Fridge got a few great recruits based on that magical start, but as a whole the quality of the team has gone down. That much is UNDENIABLE. See, it takes more than 1 great player on either side of the ball. It takes 11.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I missed one guy by ONE FREAKING SEASON. Want me to go repost where you said Hill was recruited by Friedgen Barno?

Who recruited EJ Henderson? Easily THE BEST player at Maryland the last 10 years?

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The only people who care about Maryland football are about 25% of the current student body and the same percentage of alums. Some fans will jump on the bandwagon if the team's doing well, but this program is not a major part of the community like other big time programs.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 23, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"MD has more Jews than any school in the country, and more Jewish alumni than any school in the country."

Really? barno, I love you, but this claim seems pretty egregious. I guess it is believable, but you have to provide some context for a claim like that.

Posted by: jpfterps | September 23, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Vanderlinden couldn't win with Vanderlinden's recruits. He is coaching and recruiting for PSU though, and I am sure that does not help the Terps.

I am still a Fridge fan, but it is troubling that we have so many NFL players and our record doesn't reflect it.

It doesn't help that our coordinators have changed a lot over the past four years. Let the team finish the season before we call for his job.

Posted by: garrett4 | September 23, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Here are the attendance numbers in the 8 years prior to Ralph's arrival on campus vs first 8 years since Ralph was hired:

Pre Ralph 1993-2000: 32,582 average attendance

Post Ralph 2001-2009: 49,187 average attendance

THAT is the story to me, not the fact that a few thousand less season tickets are being sold during the worst recession in decades, a trend that teams from all sports at all levels across the country have seen in the past 2 years. The Terps lost 2,000 season ticket holders last year in a season in which they were winning the division until the final home game. The performance on the field didn't matter to those folks. It's the economy, stupid.

Thumbs down on this very misleading story.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I missed one guy by ONE FREAKING SEASON. Want me to go repost where you said Hill was recruited by Friedgen Barno?


Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 1:16 PM

I'll pay you $1,000 in cash at the game on saturday if you can find that post where I ever said that. Let me know when you find it.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Fridgen's best year was his first, when he had NO recruits of his own playing.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 1:09 PM

Again, please do not feel compelled to post comments if you don't know what you're talking about. Friedgen had a great recruiting class in 2001 when he first arrived here, including Dominique Foxworth, Randy Starks, Derreck Miller, Rich Parson, Gerrick McPhearson...all of whom made it to the NFL.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I missed one guy by ONE FREAKING SEASON. Want me to go repost where you said Hill was recruited by Friedgen Barno?

Who recruited EJ Henderson? Easily THE BEST player at Maryland the last 10 years?

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 23, 2009 1:16 PM

Actually you missed 2 of the 4 guys you mentioned. You cited Shawn Merriman, another Ralph Friedgen recruit. You score 50% on a test, that's an F. For the last time, stop posting bs comments. You're embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, the Terps doing well in the ACC is a great guage for success.

As a Terps fan, i think we all wonder why MD is not more competitive on a national basis. I would say that Univ of MD is a sure bet top 20 university in this country. MD is a solid academic institution, good campus social environment, great diversity, located in the heart of one if not the best job markets in the country. Add to that, premier talent comes from this immediate area but never attends MD. that's the basis for the concern. In the case of MD you aren't just talking about losing kids from your state. you are talking about kids literally 2 minutes away from campus (Jeff Green, Northwestern High).

I've seen UGA, Alabama, auburn, LSU, Penn State and few other great college football places. MD has those places beat hands down! But from an athletic perspective, you can tell athletes are gods on those campuses. you see their special facilities and all. you see the 100K stadium that really feels up and the entire focus becomes that game. MD athletic program does not have the same aura.

Posted by: oknow1 | September 23, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"MD has more Jews than any school in the country, and more Jewish alumni than any school in the country."

Really? barno, I love you, but this claim seems pretty egregious. I guess it is believable, but you have to provide some context for a claim like that.

Posted by: jpfterps | September 23, 2009 1:28 PM

JP, you know I love you too, but this is a fact. And been this way for years and years. Look it up.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

For JP

http://www.inlikeme.com/jewish-student-populations-various-colleges-universities.html

UMD on top for total number of Jews yet again this year. Michigan number 2. Rutgers 3.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen had a great recruiting class in 2001 when he first arrived here, including Dominique Foxworth, Randy Starks, Derreck Miller, Rich Parson, Gerrick McPhearson...all of whom made it to the NFL.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:53 PM
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And exactly how many of those guys played significant minutes in 2001, the ACC Championship / Orange Bowl year? None.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

One other thing, barno, I love your enthusiastic support. But obviously Fridge can coach. You can't do what he did in 2001-2003 and not be able to coach. So that only leaves one other thing to explain the mediocrity that is MD football for 2004-2009. And that would be talent level of the ENTIRE team. The man cannot recruit.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Fridge and Franklin both said that other schools would use Fridge's age and health against them in the recruiting process. The 2010 class will tell us whether or not his weight loss and succession plan will help.

Posted by: garrett4 | September 23, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen had a great recruiting class in 2001 when he first arrived here, including Dominique Foxworth, Randy Starks, Derreck Miller, Rich Parson, Gerrick McPhearson...all of whom made it to the NFL.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 1:53 PM
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And exactly how many of those guys played significant minutes in 2001, the ACC Championship / Orange Bowl year? None.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 2:18 PM

Again, you are stating absolutely false statements.

Dominque Foxworth, recruited by Fridge, saved the 2001 season when top corner Tony Okanlawon went down with that mysterious "undisclosed medical issue." Foxworth was brilliant as a shutdown corner in the 2nd half of the season.

Randy Starks, recruited by Friedgen, played in every game in 2001, and was a force. He was dominant in that Gtech thursday night game that put MD football back on the map. And he made the Freshman All American team!

Rich Parson, recruited by Friedgen, played in every game in 2001 and was one of most versatile players. He played WR, RB, Kick Returner, Punt Returner...you name it.

Derick Miller, recruited by Friedgen, was reshirted in 2001 but would later become a standout tight end and made it to the NFL.

Gerrick McPhearson, recruited by Friedgen, also redshirted in 2001 but he too would later become a standout CB with blazing speed and made it to the NFL.

Jamal Chance, a transfer recruited by Friedgen, played in every game in 2001.

Jamal Crawford, recruited by Friedgen, was one of the leading running back on the 2001 Terps team and scored a few TDs.

Thank you for continuing to make ridiculously false claims on here and forcing me to waste 10 minutes of my life responding.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Who are these morons that keep preaching Vanderlinden? I went to UMd for the entire Vandy tenure. Lemme tell you my favorite story (of many) about Vandy football: I believe we were playing NC State and were down by 10 in the 3rd quarter. It was 4th and one and we have the ball barely inside NC State territory. Instead of going for it, Vandy decides to kick a 60-yard field goal. Of course, it was blocked and ran back for a touchdown. Game over. The guy behind me had the simplest but greatest quote ever: "A SIXTY YARD FIELD GOAL?!?!?!?! DAAAAYUUUUUM!"

Posted by: aviscardo | September 23, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The problem?

RECRUITING.
Why play at MD. when you can go to major schools and the Carolinas? Ditto for basketball.

Posted by: boyn4884 | September 23, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

barno names a couple of Fridge's players that played a little OUT OF 22!! 95+% of the minutes were played by the talent that Vanderlinden had waiting for Fridge. Fridge can coach, but time has proven that he can't recruit because, guess what, it's either poor coaching or poor talent. Period.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it when someone like Shanks1 makes a blatantly false comment, is proven wrong beyond any shred of doubt, and then acts like they were still right.

Beat it Shanks1.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it when someone like Shanks1 makes a blatantly false comment, is proven wrong beyond any shred of doubt, and then acts like they were still right.

Beat it Shanks1.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 4:03 PM
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I love it when a child like yourself doesn't respond to the allegation and just claims victory. Infant.

So, try again, what is it that the Fridge cannot do then? Coaching or talent (recruiting)?

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Shanks just admit you were wrong. It's pretty simple, you said no Friedgen-signed players played significant minutes in 2001 and, as I documented, that was just utter nonsense.

Not to mention all the guys Fridge recruited that were huge parts of the 02 and 03 success:

Scott McBrien
Josh Allen
Dominique Foxworth
Shawn Merriman
D'Qwell Jackson
Randy Starks
Adam Podlesh
Vernon Davis
Stephen Heyer
Andrew Crummey
Rich Parson
Josh Wilson
Madieu Williams
Derrick Miller
Wesley Jefferson
Dre Moore

In addition, we've signed over 50 top 100 recruits at their positions in the last 3 years alone. Our recruiting has been top 25 quality for several years now, and the number of Fridge players playing the NFL speaks for itself.

I would say our biggest problem is a lack of a quality defensive coordinator. IF you want to blame Fridge for that, I have no problem with that. We need to get Gary Blackney back, somehow.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

please read the sports section today on all the players out of DeMatha and Roosevelt in the NFL...then count how many of them went to Maryland. Illinois and Penn State OWN the top recruits out of Maryland. Fridge needs to step up the recruiting efforts and stop scheduling the Middle Tennesee State's of the world. Get back to scheduling PSU/WVU, etc....

Posted by: natman19 | September 23, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

please read the sports section today on all the players out of DeMatha and Roosevelt in the NFL...then count how many of them went to Maryland. Illinois and Penn State OWN the top recruits out of Maryland. Fridge needs to step up the recruiting efforts and stop scheduling the Middle Tennesee State's of the world. Get back to scheduling PSU/WVU, etc....

Posted by: natman19 | September 23, 2009 5:11 PM

Ugh. Not this old argument again. For christ's sake people, please come up with some original thoughts for once. Who cares where the players come from? Friedgen still gets top players in the state of Georgia, where he worked for a number of years.

We're not supposed to recruit first team ALL ACC performers like Stephon Heyer or CJ Brooks, because they're from Georgia and not MD?

We're not supposed to recruit stud players like Alex Wujciak, D'Qwell Jackson...guys like Andrew Crummey, Phil Costa, or Dre Moore, or Adam Podlesh...because they didn't play high school ball in the state of Maryland? Please.

We shouldn't recruit Vernon Davis, because he played in DC and not MD?

Seriously, you recruiting geeks need to STFU. Where our recruits come from is irrelevant.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

ahhh - barno's on fire and the board is alive and hopping - the reason i tune in here!

I think even Poopy and Petecard and Carolina1 have to admit the man has a vast wealth of Maryland knowledge. His responses are unbelievably quick too. Y'all keep poking at him because he is undeniably a MD fan to the core who completely supports Ralph (and Gary). I've never met any of you but throw in Fushezzi and this board is gauranteed to make you laugh at some point.

Sorry guys, calling Vanderlinden successful can't be defended. And the guys who Ralph inherited were career losers up to the point where he taught them how to win. I don't think he is living off the successes of 2001-2003. I do believe that we would be hard pressed to find a successor who would be exponentially better a la the SEC coaches folks keep pointing to.

They lost to MTSU in a crap performance. Its not the end of the world or the program. How they do the rest of this season is really how Ralph will be measured. We can cut the stats any number of ways, but overall Ralph has been a winner for the program. I believe that he will continue to be one because there is no doubt that the man can coach. The defense needs serious fixing and I think that the season will turn around. We won't be in the NC, but somehow I think we will be in the mix in November for the ACC championship game and end up in a lower tier bowl. Ralph has proven the ability to topple top-25 programs even when the team has lost to crappy schools. He'll probably do the same.

How long until Bucknell?

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | September 23, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

It's great some of you are loyal supporters of the team, and you're to be commended. However, I think the economy plays only an insignificant role in declining attendance.

How come Michigan is able to fill their stadium with over 100,000 people? Ann Arbor is not exactly in Podunkville. How about Ohio State? Columbus is a bigger city than Washington, DC. There are plenty of pro teams in Ohio and Michigan.

It's the product, not the economy. All of the SEC schools are selling out their stadiums. Fans are consumers and they refuse to buy an inferior product. Look at what happened to Ford and GM. When you build lemons, people buy Hondas and Toyotas. When you put an inferior product on the football field, people in this area are going to find other things to do on a Saturday.

I tell you what casts serious questions about Friedgen's coaching ability. For almost two years he started the stellar Joel Statham when the best quarterback on the team, Sam Hollenbach, was sitting on the bench. If Statham had never been injured, Hollenbach may never have seen the field in four years. Do we remember the Jordan Steffy experiment? If he hadn't been injured against Rutgers, Friedgen would have stuck with him the rest of the year.

Friedgen did well his first two or three years but the true measure of greatness is sustaining that success. He's progressed from the Orange Bowl in Miami to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. What's next, the Cattlerustler Bowl in Cheyenne?

This team contending for the ACC Championship? You evidently haven't witnessed how porous this defense is. Let's revisit this in two months to see who's right.

If this athletic program would bring in someone like Bud Foster, who has made Friedgen look like a high school coach on numerous occasions, we'd field a winner.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 24, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

For almost two years he started the stellar Joel Statham when the best quarterback on the team

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 24, 2009 12:41 AM

Joel Statham didn't start one full season, let alone two.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 24, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

I hope everyone is looking at themselves and reading their own posts because there is a lot of hostility towards a team that we should be supporting right now. As far as I'm concerned, people might say they're true fans but I don't see anything true about the support or statements being made.

Remember this, if you want to have a great college program then you have to support them no matter what. And you must face adversity head on. Right now, everyone is ducking for cover and pointing the finger at someone else and that's why we're not where we need to be and will never get there.

If I'm a recruit and I saw these things written and the sttitude of the fans and didn't see a full stadium, I wouldn't want to go their either unless it was a school that I wanted to go to since I was young.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 24, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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