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Friedgen: 'We won't be taking our lumps next year'

An emotional Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen vowed Tuesday that next season’s Terrapins team will be vastly improved but declined to address his job security during a weekly news conference that touched upon a wide range of issues.

When I asked Friedgen what he would say to fans who are considering canceling season tickets because of frustration over recent struggles, Friedgen said, “We are going to grow from this experience, and we are going to be better from this experience, and we are going to appreciate winning maybe more than we have in the past. The future is pretty bright. We took our lumps this year. But we won’t be taking our lumps next year. That is what I would tell them.”

Friedgen choked up several times during a 27-minute news conference that was attended by his wife, Gloria, as well as Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow, who attends each Friedgen news conference. Friedgen’s coaching future will be determined after Yow meets with Friedgen in the days following Saturday’s season finale against Boston College. Yow conducts season-ending evaluations with all her coaches, but Friedgen’s job is in question because of a 2-9 (1-6 ACC) record this season and four losing seasons in the past six years.

Friedgen talked at length about his optimism for next season because of the emergence of quarterback Jamarr Robinson and other quarterback prospects, as well as his excitement about the potential of several young players who have seen significant action this season. Friedgen said he feels he needs help in the secondary and that a more athletic offensive line would benefit the team as well.

When I asked Friedgen whether he wants his entire staff to return intact, he said it is premature to answer because he wants to evaluate the season in total after its conclusion.

Despite the worst record of his nine-year tenure, Friedgen said this team has been “one of the best teams I have ever had a chance to work with in terms of what type of people they are. They keep coming back. It has really been a privilege for me to work with them. As tough a year as it has been, I have never dreaded going to practice.”

Friedgen could have a quarterback decision Saturday. Chris Turner, who has not played since the Nov. 7 loss at North Carolina State, is questionable with an MCL injury. Jamarr Robinson, who has started the past two games, is probable with a leg injury. Friedgen said he would prefer not to burn redshirts of freshmen quarterbacks Danny O’Brien and C.J. Brown, but “no guarantees.”

But what happens if Robinson re-aggravates the injury during the game? One particular local beat writer asked Friedgen whether he would trade using O’Brien for less than a full game in 2009 for the opportunity to have him for the entire 2013 season.

“Right now I would trade a lot for a win,” Friedgen said. “Maybe you.”

The crowd roared.

“Whatever it takes,” Friedgen said. “Right now I want to see these kids get a win.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2009; 3:43 PM ET
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Fridge has commented several times in the past that he changed his recruiting strategy so that he'd get good kids, kids he will like to have around etc. I guess at some point he didn't, and had a lot of troublemakers.

Was that a thinly veiled diss to all of the players he inherited? And won with?

If Yow is going to hand the keys over to Franklin in 1 or 2 years, then he should be named the head recruiter so when he is in charge it is with "his" guys and we won't get any BS from him about a transition.

I wish good things for Ralph, and want the team to win. But his crying thing is getting old. He's emotional these days, great, no one cares. Win.

Posted by: ckstevenson | November 24, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Not true at all. A lot of people care. And the only thing that's getting old is the ridiculous claim that Friedgen won with someone else's players. This myth is so unbelievably stupid and without merit.

Friedgen won with his players:

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

A bunch of All ACC studs that helped Fridge win in his first several years...none of which were recruited by Ron Vanderlinden. Even Shawn Hill wasn't really "recruited" by Vanderlinden, he was an afterthought transfer. Friedgen inserted him as the starter from day 1, told Calvin McCall to keep his day job with the bball team, and the rest is history.

But keep living in your fantasy land where Ron Vanderlinden was some kind of recruiting god.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 24, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

As usual Barno the"know it all" puts up posts which are not backed by facts.Before you post check the facts on who recruited who...You must be a goverment employee...
Take a rest and donate some money to the terp club...I now know who you are...season ticket holder only

Posted by: carolina1 | November 25, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Carolina -

How do you feel about your terp club contributions being used for buyouts for Fridge and Franklin?

Horrible game last night vs. Cincy.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | November 25, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

posts which are not backed by facts.Before you post check the facts on who recruited who...You must be a goverment employee...
Take a rest and donate some money to the terp club...I now know who you are...season ticket holder only

Posted by: carolina1 | November 25, 2009 8:43 AM

Ah Carolina1, the same guy who bet me the Terps spread against Cal would drop by more than a TD and then never paid up after the spread not only didn't drop, it went up. Real man of integrity right there.

Actually, i think my post was entirely backed up by facts...I named over a dozen all acc performers who Friedgen recruited and who helped us win his first few years. Nothing subjective about that. But I expect nothing less from Carolina1, the same guy who has claimed all year long that he is a Terrapin Club recruiter yet didn't even know who our first team All ACC running back was.

Beat it nerd

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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