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Friedgen to return for 10th season (Updated)

After two days of meetings with Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow, Terrapins Coach Ralph Friedgen received a phone call at 9 a.m. Tuesday from Yow, who ended weeks of uncertainty by informing Friedgen of his return for a 10th season at his alma mater.

“Are you ready to go get this done?” Yow asked Friedgen during the conversation.

“Yes, I am,” Friedgen answered.

The decision to retain Friedgen came three days after Maryland (2-10, 1-7 ACC) concluded its first 10-loss season in school history. Friedgen and Yow spoke for a combined 3 ½ hours Sunday and Monday in Yow’s office in what has been described as candid and collaborative discussions about the state of a program that has endured four losing seasons in the past six years.

The return of Friedgen, who has a 66-46 record at Maryland, means that the school’s focus will now shift to stemming the loss of season ticket holders, solidifying the recruiting class and evaluating assistant coaches in the coming weeks. Any staff changes will be made by Friedgen, who said Tuesday that he has not yet had time to consider changes.

Friedgen has volunteered to help sell season tickets, if possible. The school’s season ticket sales projection this season was missed by $600,000, a school official said, and officials are bracing for losses that could approach $1 million next season.

Friedgen spent much of Tuesday re-assuring prospects that he would remain head coach next season. None had decommitted despite rumors circulating among college coaches for weeks that Friedgen would be fired. Friedgen planned to fly to visit prospects Tuesday evening.

No changes will be made to Friedgen’s contract, which expires after the 2011 season, and Friedgen also made no requests to change the coach-in-waiting plan in place for offensive coordinator James Franklin, who was named Friedgen’s eventual successor in February.

Yow, who was on the road with the men’s basketball team, issued a statement that expressed support for Friedgen and appreciation for the efforts of a young team.

"Coach Friedgen and I are in complete agreement on the expectation to return the football program to its competitive stature,” Yow said in the statement. “He has assured the university and fans of his intentions to do whatever is necessary to become a top 25 program again. Coach Friedgen will continue his careful evaluation of staff, players and recruiting results, as the team moves into the offseason. He continues to have my full support.”

When asked about his future in a radio interview Tuesday, Friedgen said on WJFK-FM’s “The Mike Wise Show” that he is “taking it year to year” but that “I’d like to stay here as long as people want me here.”

In a teleconference with reporters, Friedgen said: “I am very thankful for the opportunity. Hopefully I was not just judged on this year. I think it shows the confidence the administration has in me and our program. I am willing to repay that with everything I have to make this a team that we expect it to be.”

During the two days of discussions, Friedgen made a strong argument to Yow about the number of injuries Maryland faced this season and was adamant that the team would be vastly improved next season. Yow and Friedgen also had a serious discussion about leadership, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions, and Yow weighed Friedgen's nine-year resume, which includes six bowl game appearances, against that of other coaches, including former Virginia Coach Al Groh, who was fired Sunday.

After posting a 31-8 record in his first three seasons, Friedgen has a 35-38 record the past six years. Maryland has not finished a season ranked in the top 25 since 2003.

Friedgen also shared with Yow specific ideas to improve the offense and defense. Friedgen suggested during the season that he may run some option next season because of the mobility of quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who impressed coaches with his play during the final four games of the season.

"Personnel-wise, there are some things that really fit for us that we don't do now,” Friedgen said after the 19-17 season-ending loss to Boston College. “Mainly we didn't do them because of [starting quarterback] Chris [Turner], because it wasn't his cup of tea. But I think with some of the quarterbacks we have in our program, it might make things easier for ourselves up front.”

It would have cost Maryland $4 million to buy out the remaining two years on Friedgen’s contract. Sources who have been briefed on the financial details of Friedgen’s contract had said that the cost of the buyout would not prevent Maryland from making a change, should school officials feel one was warranted.

But the prospect of buying out Friedgen during an economic downturn drew reaction from several prominent individuals, including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who last week told reporters “were they to decide that there needed to be a change, I would hope that they not use public funds to buy out that contract.”

Yow had repeated during the season that Friedgen would be evaluated at season’s end, as all Maryland coaches are. When asked Tuesday whether he was bothered by the lack of a mid-season vote of confidence, Friedgen called Yow’s plan to comment at season’s end an “honest appraisal.”

“Obviously when you are 2-10, you are going to be evaluated,” Friedgen said. “She is my supervisor, and I think she was waiting for all of the information to be in. We sat down, and we talked, and I am thankful she decided to stay the course.”


By Eric Prisbell  |  December 1, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
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Comments

Whether you think this is good news or not - let the drama end and allow Coach Friedgen and his staff recruit their a$$es off and prepare and build for next year. This was a difficult season but we can all hope for a better future!! Go Terps!

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 1, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

It was the right call - This was a really young team. Give the Fridge one more year then say goodbye. Franklin BETTER be good though or he can take his million and get out of town.

Posted by: Stevida | December 1, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

The correct decision I think. There is some really good talent coming back and Fridge has pledged to "tailor" the offense to suit the personnel. Give it another year - he has earned it whether you want to believe it or not. Another thing is if it doesn't work next year you will only have the remaining year of his contract to buy out.

Posted by: bendersx6 | December 1, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

This is the appropriate decision. But it doesn't seem that it was made by Yow as much as the circumstances surrounding the buyout.

I think it's time to thank Yow for her contributions to the University and bring in a fresh face to the AD's office.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sad. He doesn't deserve to be the coach here anymore and he underperformed the last 6 years. The only reason he is here is because the AD made 2 DREADFUL financial blunders with he and the incompetent, inexperienced James Franklin. Fridge - the controlling, negative, coach that he is - at least had coaching talent and experience. Franklin does not

Posted by: leed1911 | December 1, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I am one that thinks this is bad, but it's done. I've heard for the past few years the "one more year" logic. He didn't do well with good older teams in the last few years... I just don't know what to expect next season. It just bothers me that this team has been on a steady slide from "good" to "mediocre" to "bad" every season.

Posted by: law3 | December 1, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Great news. Fridge is the only coach that has won at UMd in the past 25 years. Anybody who thinks he should've been fired obviously was not there from around, oh, 1987-2001. He will turn it around.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 1, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I think it is overall the right decision by Yow. for all of the Yow bashing, we contend nationally in a number of sports (though I think it is disappointing that our women's lax has slipped a bit) and that another year to right the ship is the right answer. I do think the flap with gary last year was an aberration - it is the only time something of that sort has happened. Am undecided on the successor plan with Franklin.

I am a ralph fan. We lost a lot of close ones this year. Earlier in the decade we were winning a lot of close ones. Thank god this season is over and hopefully will be a forgotten memory. Not sure that MD could get a better coach.

I suspect we will see a turn-around similar to when Ralph joined MD. I agree that 6 wins and a minor bowl game is not what this program should strive for, however 9 wins and great bowl game is acceptable for me (at this point). Its college football, it can turn around quickly, and I think ralph has the acumen to make it happen. I think the guy really needs a bit of a vacation.

Regards to all-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 1, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Obviously the right choice was made, but that choice was pretty much a no brainer since the athletic department doesn't have $5 million lying around like some other schools. I would suspect that this team will be better next season, and hopefully Franklin will pan out to be this amazing coach that nobody except Yow and Fridge saw coming.

My question is why wasn't the offense tailored this season to the personnel we had? Shouldn't that be something that's done on a weekly basis to adjust to injuries and underachieving upperclassmen? There's no reason the offense shouldn't be tweaked from week to week to the opponent and the personnel available to play that particular week. If the coaching staff wasn't doing that, then perhaps these guys should reconsider their profession.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 1, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

An incredibly bad decision to reward the coach for losing ten games in one season.

His recruiting class last year was mediocre at best and I'd like to know who, exactly, are all these great freshmen and sophomores that will lead MD to a successful year in 2010.

Posted by: nativedc | December 1, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Fire Yow!!!

Posted by: runningcloud | December 1, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Ralph will keep his ego in check for next year and it will be better.

Ralph has a HUGE ego problem. This is the kind of blind problem that had those orange bowl officials confused as the Terps got blanked by UVA in 2008-you remember, right? the year that we beat some ranked teams then immediately dropped an important walkover game.

This Ralph Friedgen had his ego in check at first because he wanted to prove the crowd wrong that he could coach and the others were wrong to pass him by for all those years. But now we know, this is a self management problem, led the program to its worst showing of all time, makes wierd non football decisions like the steffy-turner mess-that was sure nothing close to ego injection illness there.

I mean what coach thinks that weight is really a great example and competitive? Yea, to someone eho thinks he is greater than he is-ralph friedgen.

This guy is such an ego that just last year he said he wanted to coach beyond his contract at MD-after the franklin signing? On what earth is this guy living?

Keep an eye on this Yow-you are getting schooled by a clever, sneaky, greedy one.

Posted by: ravens1123 | December 1, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Uhh, Raven, what does Ralph gain by staying, if you assume that he's only in it for the money? He gets his money either way. There's no "rip-off" here. 2008 was not a bad year. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. Still think we should have been in Charlotte.

If they want to sell more season's tickets, lower the prices. It's over 300 bucks for 7 games. Per ticket. That's a lot of money.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 1, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Yow must go .......... she knows women's lacrosse and field hockey but is clueless in the ways of big time college athletics. Fridge has dug a recruiting hole that will last well beyond his firing next year and Franklin has inspired little excitement. Terps AD would be smart to hold off on long term commitments until the coach has gone through at least one recruiting cycle since Fridge lived off Vanderlinden's talent and has a demonstrable inability to lure top shelf talent to College Park.

Posted by: rmlauletti | December 1, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Declining season ticket sales and a bad economy have led to lower ticket sales - how about some innovative thinking, such as LOWERING TICKET PRICES.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It's sort of sad to see the University forced to make a decision based on finances alone. It's obvious to everyone that Friedgen is not the coach to steward a major college program to success. Sure, he had great success when Vanderlinden provided the talent. He's just not able to perform all aspects of his job. He'd probably be great at a division 2 or 3 school where the recruiting is not as competitive. Hopefully next year, the University regains its fiscal footing and can resume its search for someone who can keep the team competitive year after year.

Posted by: dboz1970 | December 1, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

love me some fridge and glad that he will he returning next year... was there really and doubt... 3 different defensive coordinators in 3 years along with other coaches on his staff leaving for higher positions on other staffs... same thing happened to gary a few years back... on another note, when was the last time maryland consistently sent guys to play in the nfl or even had a run of consecutive years of guys getting drafted in the 1st 3rounds of the nfl draft??? fridge is the man...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 1, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

This was the right move. Ralph needs another year to right the ship. I also agree that they should keep Franklin here as well. He needs to do a better job with the play calling and adapting his offense to his personnel, but he is the guy that will be able to bring in the "big time" recruits we have been missing the last few years. In his first year back last year, we have one of our best recruiting classes in the Friedgen era (Coincidence??? I don't think so). The o-line was a HUGE problem this year and I don't care how good of a OC you are, you will not get production with a patchwork/inexperienced OL. I believe these young guys will continue their development and we will win some of these games next year that we could've won this year (MTCU, UVA, Duke, FSU, etc). I still agree with Franklin as the head coach in waiting as well. I think he has the energy to bring in the recruits and move this program in a positive direction. People just need to show a little patience and give Friedgen/Franklin some time to turn this thing around.

GO TERPS!!!!!!

Posted by: djwilbur1 | December 1, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

This was the right move. Good for Ralph, good for Maryland, and good for Maryland football fans. Ralph Freidgen is a good man, a smart man, and he really cares. Sometimes, really, it's about more than just winning football games--it's about sportsmanship, character, integrity and dedication. That may sound corny, but for many of us, that's true. Additionally, during a recession and a time when Maryland is cutting people, tuition is through the roof, students are having trouble paying bills, textbooks are criminally--literally--too expensive, and housing and food costs at Maryland are insane, you do not shell out a wasteful $4 million to buy out an athletic coach's contract. That's just, in a word, stupid.

Posted by: thefrontpage1 | December 1, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

how about some innovative thinking, such as LOWERING TICKET PRICES.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 1, 2009 10:37 AM

They were practically giving away tickets to the Boston College game. 4 pack for around $50, if I'm not mistaken. There were loads of fair deals for season tickets at the end of the Summer as well.

I agree that tickets should continue to decline in price. But the fact is, around here people are not really interested in a college football Saturday like they are in the Midwest and South. College Park does not offer that kind of experience - and people in the Washington DC area/Maryland do not have Terp football as a high priority on weekends.

There are two things that can help - winning (duh) and improving the gameday environment in College Park. Make tailgating policies friendlier (that doesn't necessarily have to go against responsible alcohol policies either) - maybe try to reconfigure and beautify lots 1 and Z. Creating a sort of "Grove" vibe that would look nice all year round - the University could do with looking less like a parking lot on that side.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Winning is what will put people in the seats and nothing else. Yow needs to go too. I'm glad Ralph gets another year but like all coaches you have to win. If he doesn't next season then it's time to go.

Posted by: FLvet | December 1, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Yow must go .......... she knows women's lacrosse and field hockey but is clueless

Posted by: rmlauletti | December 1, 2009 10:35 AM

you're a clueless... last time i checked the men's soccer team, the women's soccer team is a national contender year in and year out,a ranked softball team, and oh yeah the men's and women's hoops team have won national championships... and they have completely transformed the athletic facilities under yow's watch... people might not like yow but she gets the jobs done in many ways...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 1, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"His recruiting class last year was mediocre at best and I'd like to know who, exactly, are all these great freshmen and sophomores that will lead MD to a successful year in 2010."

Here are a few highly touted guys that either played sparringly or not at all in 2009...

Adams, Arnett, Blue, Cary, DeSouza, Dill, Drakeford, Kerr, McDougle, O'Brien, Porzel, and White.

Also, don't forget that the following players were also freshmen that saw significant playing time this year...

Ferrara, Francis, Fulper, Furstenburg, and Hartsfield.

Additionally, the following top performers still have at least one year of eligibility left...

Baltz, Campbell, Canon, Chism, Meggett, Moten, Perez, Robinson, Scott, Smith, Tate, and Wujciak.

The biggest losses for the team are...

Carroll, Costa, Ivey, Jackson, McCollough, Skinner, Turner, and Wiseman.

This team has a very bright future, and with another strong (top 30) class coming in for next season, this season will seem like a blip on the radar 5 years from now.

It's definitely Fridge's fault for not staggering the classes better, but every program has issues like this from time to time. Look at USC or Oklahoma this year---they're not 10-losses bad, but their seasons this year seem like 10-loss seasons with their lofty expectations.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 1, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Russtinator for your thoughtful, detailed reply. As a loyal Terp, I hope that you are right and I am wrong.

Posted by: nativedc | December 1, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

This is great news! As I said before, no coach in my close to 40 years of following Maryland sports (with the exception of Gary Williams) has given so much of himself to his respective program as Ralph has done. I hope that what I feel is a suspect recruiting program will step up to the task of putting forth more effort to recruit better players than Maryland has been getting in recent years.

Posted by: disappointed | December 1, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Debbie Yow. Unlike some of these whiners err fans, some of us are not as delusioned as the fans of notre dame.

Below is the best and most logical case why this decision was absolutely the right one - posted by barno:


If you take away Fridge's best 3 seasons and his worst 3 seasons, what you are left with is 2006, 2007, 2008. Let's break down those 3 seasons to see what an "average" season at MD under Fridge has looked like:

2006.

Sam Hollenbach's senior year. Terps were in first place in our division for most of the year, became the only team to beat FSU and Miami in same year, and had they won their season finale, Terps would have gone on to the ACC Championship game against Gtech--a team they almost beat on the road earlier in the season. Ended season with 9 wins and a blowout win in the sunny Florida Citrus bowl game in a late December.

2007

With Hollenbach gone, and an injuries all over the O-line, it was a rebuilding year. After meltdown loss at Wake to start the ACC season, Terps rebounded to win 3x over top 25 teams, included 2 over top 10 teams. Needing to win finale at NC State to become bowl eligible, the Terps dominated in a 37-0 blowout. Season ended in an Emerald bowl loss to Oregon State.

2008

With an experience O-line and an experienced QB in Chris Turner, the Terps again led their division for much of the season and looked headed to the ACC Championship game until their home finale loss vs a hot Florida State team. Season ended by putting up 42 points on Nevada and winning the Humanitarian Bowl.

To recap, these were the "average" years in the Fridge tenure...and most if not all Terps fans got plenty enjoyment out of those seasons. So take away Fridge's best seasons (2001-2003) and the worst (2004, 2005, 2009) and the middle ground seasons were still some pretty exciting years for Terps fans.

Side note: Terps did not play Duke in any of these 3 seasons due to a scheduling quirk. Duke went 1-23 in ACC play over these 3 seasons. In all likelihood, if MD had Duke on their schedule in 2006 or 2008, we'd have gone on to the ACC championship game both years.

So in even average seasons under Coach Friedgen, MD has contended for the ACC title.

Coach Stays.


Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2009 11:19 AM

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

last time i checked the men's soccer team, the women's soccer team is a national contender year in and year out,a ranked softball team, and oh yeah the men's and

You did a pretty good job of making my point, especially since Yow is fresh from her alienation of Gary, the only hall of fame coach of a major sport to pass thru CP in many years. Good luck tailgating at the girls softball games dude.

Posted by: rmlauletti | December 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious! "Contended" for ACC title...I guess every team that plays in the ACC could technically be a "contender"...the fact is that your posts are full of "could've, should've"....How about this: Pull out his cupcake wins (Del, Navy, William&Mary etc) over the last 5 years and his winning percentage over DivI schools is 0.39 with NO top 25 rankings...not very impressive in a conference that is pretty weak to start with

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Pull out his cupcake wins (Del, Navy, William&Mary etc) over the last 5 years and his winning percentage over DivI schools is 0.39 with NO top 25 rankings...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 11:29 AM

Navy is not a cupcake win - you lost me there

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

half the posts are for Fridge half against. The ONE thing I would like to know is exactly what talent does he have coming in? Many of the posts talk about a good recruiting class coming in. If he doesn't have a bunch of 3-5 star offensive linemen either in camp or coming in this team will be in big trouble.
sounds like a similar problem to that in Ashburn, Va. You need the MULES to protect the Horses

Posted by: cavys | December 1, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Interesting comment on the cost of the tickets - other teams in the area (specifically The Capitals) reduce the cost of tickets when you buy a "season" or partial plan. I have a 10-game plan that cost $45 per seat. For some of those games, the Ticketmaster price is $75. Maybe they should consider discounting the season tickets (benefit to holder, incentive to buy) then raise the gate price for individual games. If the team doesn't do well, you've already sold "season tix". Just a thought - especially coming off a disappointing season in a slumping economy.

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 1, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Glad he gets a chance. Needs to focus on one game at a time, not "if we win these 12 games we'l be national and ACC champs" like he has mistakenly done for years if you look at player quotes throughout the seasons. Never talk about end of the year stuff w/ the players, just win today and see where we end up after the season. That is winning focus.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Debbie Yow must be fired. She created the mess that made it difficult to fire Freigen and Franklin without paying $5 million in a buyout. She is not a big time AD, she is just a bean counter.

Posted by: DaveLopan | December 1, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

This is the right decision but Fridge needs to put down the hammer. He did great with someone elses recruits, now do them with your own...

Posted by: mgcrhcp | December 1, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Side note: Terps did not play Duke in any of these 3 seasons due to a scheduling quirk. Duke went 1-23 in ACC play over these 3 seasons. In all likelihood, if MD had Duke on their schedule in 2006 or 2008, we'd have gone on to the ACC championship game both years.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2009 11:19 AM
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What a moronic statement. If if's and but's were candy and nuts. If we played Duke every game each year we'd play in the NCAA title game every year.

IF the Terps played the Northern Patriots, Calvert Cavaliers, Huntingtown Whatevers, or the Patuxent Panthers they'd be playing in the ACC title game every year.

I mean, did Barno1 really use the "if we played Duke every year" card?

So sad.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 1, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Is bringing back Ralph the right thing, who knows... Probably had to do with money more than anything thing else- that is on Yow..Now Ralph wants to tweak the offense to fit the personnel, that's funny.. ANY good coach would do that during the season-that is on Franklin..Personally, I'd like to see Franklin and his west coast offense outta here..Get 'your' offense back Fridge... For tickets, it is sad, as a season ticket holder since Duffner, they seem to give the deals to everyone but us..FYI, I have a friend who bought a father/son ticket deal over 10years ago.. His son graduated from MD, last year, but he's still getting the deal...Tailgate starts in 9+ months at M&T vs Navy...

Posted by: frostanna | December 1, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Good news. I think he dersves the chance to turn things around. I expect that next year must be much better or he should be shown the door. In spite of the poor resutls in the lsat few years he is still the best coach we have had since Bobboy and he ran things in the 80's. GO TERPS !!

Posted by: JoeR123 | December 1, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It's sort of sad to see the University forced to make a decision based on finances alone. It's obvious to everyone that Friedgen is not the coach to steward a major college program to success. Sure, he had great success when Vanderlinden provided the talent. He's just not able to perform all aspects of his job. He'd probably be great at a division 2 or 3 school where the recruiting is not as competitive. Hopefully next year, the University regains its fiscal footing and can resume its search for someone who can keep the team competitive year after year.

Posted by: dboz1970 | December 1, 2009 10:46 AM

I think we are all a little dumber for having read dboz's comment. If Vanderlinden's players were so great then why did his teams all suck?

Posted by: mcmelton | December 1, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Look, Maryland can’t attract top recruits anymore in either football or basketball with the campus located in crime-infested P.G. County and where the metro area has the second-worst traffic in the country. Relocate the Athletic Dept. to Ocean City—at least they’ll have fun there. Or perhaps Debbie Yow could just admit she made a mistake and re-hire Ron Vanderlinden so he’ll stop picking our pocket at Penn State. For the 2011 season, apparently.

Posted by: roseknowsins | December 1, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

roseknowsins just edged out dboz. Vanderlinden hasn't been mentioned as a candidate for any HC position since he was justifiably fired for incompetence. If anyone deserves credit for PSU's DC area talent its Larry Johnson.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 1, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

All things considered, a prudent move. The talent base was very young this year and injuries didn't help things much, either. I would like to see some change in philosophy on recruiting, perhaps by hiring a new coordinator -- but tactically, I think Friedgen is a fine coach. It'd be nice to return to the level of 2001-2003 (though with Virginia Tech in the ACC, that job becomes far tougher), but I think Maryland can bounce back and be a legit Atlantic Division contender.

P.S. Let's cool the Yw-bashing. For the most part, Maryland has a superb athletic program for both men's and women's sports, and if the university heeded some of the more ignorant fans and dismissed her, she'd find another big-time AD job rather quickly.

Posted by: VPaterno | December 1, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If all he plans to do is some offensive "tweaks", this is a bad mistake. If he is going to overhaul his staff (including getting rid of Franklin) and start recruiting better (including getting some quality O-linemen) this could be the best thing.

More of the same would be just that . . .

Posted by: bethesdaguy | December 1, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Whats another year give it to the BIG GUY! It's MARYLAND football...most go for the party any way.

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 1, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Wake up people, the man just can't do it. Somebody said that Ralph needs to turn it up, better recruiting and coaching. Don't you think he would have already done these things if he was capable? Maryland Football is a joke now. Why would any kid want to play for for this man?

Posted by: mckast | December 1, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Bend over Terp season ticket holders, here it comes again! All that money and so little return.

Posted by: rmg4369 | December 1, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The recruiting failures pertain primarily to the offensive and defensive lines. It would appear that these issues were addressed in the last 2 recruiting classes. The skill talent and LB talent is there. If the young lineman develop MD should be ok next year.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 1, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but the fridge has to go. He let go of a great QB who is playing in the D 2 championship tourney.

Josh Portis numbers the last game
18 - 32 - 318 yards 5 tds and 1 int

This could have been MARYLAND this year!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | December 1, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

So Fridge met with Yow to DISCUSS FOOTBALL? How could these meetings be productive in any way when Yow DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL!! How could she possibly disagree with anything schemewise??? SHE DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL!! She made her bed and now she has to lie in it. But she forgot that you dont sh@t were you sleep. YOW HAS 2 BE FIRED!!!!!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | December 1, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

We thank you FOR capitalizing random WORDS. Otherwise, we would HAVE never understood what you WERE trying to SAY.

Oh yea, she also forgot that life is like a box of chocolates...the more you eat, the more you puke. Huh?

So Fridge met with Yow to DISCUSS FOOTBALL? How could these meetings be productive in any way when Yow DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL!! How could she possibly disagree with anything schemewise??? SHE DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL!! She made her bed and now she has to lie in it. But she forgot that you dont sh@t were you sleep. YOW HAS 2 BE FIRED!!!!!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | December 1, 2009 1:21 PM

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 1, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but the fridge has to go. He let go of a great QB who is playing in the D 2 championship tourney.

Josh Portis numbers the last game
18 - 32 - 318 yards 5 tds and 1 int

This could have been MARYLAND this year!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411

Portis would transfered to the California University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester. Since the school competes at the Division II level, he has two years of eligibility remaining with the California Vulcans...

you seems to forget that portis was caught cheating not once but twice as a terp and was academically ineligible to play d1 or d1 aa football... he had no choice but to leave maryland...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 1, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who wants to fire Yow is crazy. Have you checked how well Maryland is doing across the board in so many sports! Other schools wish they were doing so well. And they made the right decision to bring back Friedgen. Like a previous emailer said, check out the results from 1987-2000. He went to a bowl game last year and won it.

Posted by: sruppert | December 1, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but the fridge has to go. He let go of a great QB who is playing in the D 2 championship tourney.

Josh Portis numbers the last game
18 - 32 - 318 yards 5 tds and 1 int

This could have been MARYLAND this year!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411

Portis transfered to the California University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester. Since the school competes at the Division II level, he has two years of eligibility remaining with the California Vulcans...

you seems to forget that portis was caught cheating not once but twice as a terp and was academically ineligible to play d1 or d1 aa football... he had no choice but to leave maryland...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 1, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but the fridge has to go. He let go of a great QB who is playing in the D 2 championship tourney.

This could have been MARYLAND this year!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | December 1, 2009 1:08 PM

Good idea - let's get Portis back, win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and then celebrate wins over the Fayetteville State Broncos.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Bigmon411,

I wouldn't be so quick to blame Fridge for Josh Portis. Blame Josh Portis for his transfer.

I saw him play in 2005 at the Swamp in 4th quarter mop up duty against LA Tech. As a true freshman he was Chris Leak's backup and you could tell he was special.

He has all the talent in the world unfortunately, he has a 5 cent head to go along with it.

Why blame Fridge for a kid who has now transferred twice and played at 3 different programs in 5 seasons?

I'm glad Fridge is getting another year, he's earned it.

For those with with a short term memory lapse:

When he took over in 2001 this program hadn't made a bowl since 1990. Maryland football was a disaster.

He has taken the Terps to 6 bowls in this decade and went 4-2 in those bowls.

As Barno said: "Coach Stays"

Posted by: Section505203 | December 1, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What all these Fridge-Is-God people seem to beforgetting is that 4 of the past 6 seasons have been losing seasons.

Definitely something to be pround of. Ah, what it must be like to settle for mediocrity.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 1, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It's not just 4 of the past 6 seasons are losing. It's that 6 of the past 6 seasons have been poor. Smurf Turf and the Champs Sports bowl appearances are not supposed to be high-water marks. Those should be the bad seasons.

The guy should've been sent packing. Enough is enough.

Posted by: epdaly | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Awful...just awful! Bobby Bowden is looking for a golf partner and what a fine pair they would make. Let's face it....Maryland hasn't had a top flight coach since Jim Tatum left in the mid-fifties. And you can look it up! The question isn't what the team will do next year. The question is how did the program get in the position it is now in.

Posted by: mwrichbellsouthnet | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

What all you people refuse to understand is that no outstanding player or even just a very good player wants to attend Maryland.The school has a well known losing/choking tradition,sits in the middle of several ghetto areas,has mostly old facilities,plays a lackluster schedule in a boring conference and has many fair weather fans.I've watched the program for 42 years the team has never been in a position of national prominence and never will be.Most of the damage can be blamed on all the coaches and AD's who continued to keep Penn State on the schedule to take BEATINGS amounting to a 1-34-1 lifetime record against Maryland.Simply put Maryland wanted the gate and sacrificed the schools image (making them a big patsy).For proof look at the difference in the two schools today.This damaged the programs reputation to the point that they have "Beamer Disease" (choking to top ranked,"name brand" teams).This is a condition that will NEVER change.Since the program is losing money and Yow took a cue from Snyder (overpay for resumes) your now stuck with a lousy coach, a lousy future coach and a non-ending supply of lousy players.

Posted by: johnperruso1 | December 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comment on the cost of the tickets - other teams in the area (specifically The Capitals) reduce the cost of tickets when you buy a "season" or partial plan. I have a 10-game plan that cost $45 per seat. For some of those games, the Ticketmaster price is $75. Maybe they should consider discounting the season tickets (benefit to holder, incentive to buy) then raise the gate price for individual games. If the team doesn't do well, you've already sold "season tix". Just a thought - especially coming off a disappointing season in a slumping economy.

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 1, 2009 11:51 AM

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TerpGrad got it right - there is zero discount on season tickets, so less incentive to buy them up front when you know and I know I can get a single game ticket whenever I want after a 2-10 season.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 1, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse


I am sorry but the fridge has to go. He let go of a great QB who is playing in the D 2 championship tourney.

Josh Portis numbers the last game
18 - 32 - 318 yards 5 tds and 1 int

This could have been MARYLAND this year!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411

Portis would transfered to the California University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester. Since the school competes at the Division II level, he has two years of eligibility remaining with the California Vulcans...

you seems to forget that portis was caught cheating not once but twice as a terp and was academically ineligible to play d1 or d1 aa football... he had no choice but to leave maryland...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett

I understand he cheated his 2nd year there but he was the better QB his jr out of all three (steffy, turner and him). He had no chance there once Franklin took over as OC. He was third on the chart when he should have been 1st.

Portis better then all the QBs MD have RIGHT NOW!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | December 1, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"FRIDGE SUX! HE HASN'T FIELDED A DECENT TEAM IN 6 YEARS! THEY'RE NEVER RANKED! THEY ALWAYS LOSE! THEY NEVER HAVE GOOD RECRUITS!" -typical retarded comment on this board

I thought I'd remind everyone here suffering from amnesia about what was going on around these parts just a year ago:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2008/11/rankings_are_out_terps_are_in.html

Posted by: Barno1 | December 1, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame that the Maryland AD has not been summarily fired as of yet. The clock ticks...and yet the U of MD President cannot make this easy decision becasue Debbie "Chairman" Yow is a woman? No other AD would ever be allowed to continue the football team descending into the abyss. Soon the budget cuts ( due to MD football not putting people in seats or interst in their games - like the famous MTSU ones - two losses in a row) will impact women sports - there will be no funding for them. Then the U of MD President will really have problems. Firing Chairman Yow will not only lift spirits, but do the University what is required - a long term view of the football coaching and recrutiing siutaiton- and a chance for MD to overcome all of the problems. Anything less is proloning the agony. Why should the Maryland fans ( the paying ones) continue to suffer while we wait for the improvement - which no one honestly believes will come from the Fridge.

Posted by: jgdonahue | December 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You could have Bret Favre at QB and sell tickets at $5.00 and the program would still suck.The school,s DNA is to always be a choking losing patsy.

Posted by: johnperruso1 | December 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely the right decision. This isn't "rewarding" coach Friedgen, it is honoring the current contract. As another comment noted, people have short memories and forget what football was like for the nearly 15 years before Friedgen arrived.

No one was more unhappy with this year's results than the coaches and athletes themselves. A young team that was known to be thin on the offensive line was further hampered by injuries, as well as the losses of key players. Next year's team will be better.

As for those who think they know what is going on, Debbie Yow is one of the best ADs in the country. Beside success in the competitive arena, she's balanced budgets, grown facilities and places a strong emphasis on graduating student athletes.

Clueless comments about her only knowing women's sports demonstrate a lack of knowledge about the athletic department. Maryland won more national championships last year than a school like Virginia Tech has EVER won. Wrestling is now a national power instead of being cut like so many other schools, women's soccer had success, men's soccer is in the Elite 8 this weekend, new coaches for men's tennis, women's tennis, and baseball promise to re-energize those teams.

Posted by: Terpinator1 | December 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Revenue sports will always get the most attention...that is why some people will not care what happens in the non-revenue sports.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 1, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Gee so Fridge thought up a plan to turn things around...he's going to tweak the offense...I would have thought that Yow would have asked for this back in 2006 and right now we would be reviewing it to see how he did....nice that he waits until his job is on the line AFTER posting the worst record in school history. Fridge was less than 1 TD away from posting 0 wins....I am so glad he is excited that we have almost all of the same players back for Fridge II but not sure if I consider that an asset or not...after all, the players on the other teams will also be back

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious: Blaming everything on Turner...I dont know why anyone would want to play for this chump

"Personnel-wise, there are some things that really fit for us that we don't do now,” Friedgen said after the 19-17 season-ending loss to Boston College. “Mainly we didn't do them because of [starting quarterback] Chris [Turner], because it wasn't his cup of tea.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

“Are you ready to go get this done?” Yow asked Friedgen during the conversation.

“Yes, I am,” Friedgen answered.

"one follow up question Deb"..."what about my merit increase?"

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Terpinator1,

Here is a link where Prisbell talks about the relationship between Yow and the long time successful coach of her cash cow sport.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/11/29/DI2009112901934.html

Here is a quote that Prisbell wrote from that chat.

"And a toxic environment exists at Maryland right now because of the relationship between Gary Williams and Debbie Yow and Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow. Gary and Ralph have united in a sense against a common enemy in their mind. That is unfortunate that it has gotten to this point at Maryland."


Here is a link with details of the adsurd contract that Yow gave Heach coach in waiting, James Franklin who has been a head coach and was not being pursued by other schools as a head coach.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/d1scourse/2009/nov/17/if-clemson-wins-saturday-so-could-james-franklins-/

Yow is a joke that has poisoned the revenue sports at Maryland the last few years. The obvious step to improve Maryland athletics is to fire Yow ASAP.


Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I honestly don't understand the hostility towards Yow. She has her faults, no doubt, but let's look at her entire record here:

Yow is the one who brought Ralph Friedgen here when no one else would give him a chance. And what did that result in? 6 bowl games in 8 years, three 10-11 win seasons, an ACC Championship, and 5 times in 8 years contending for the ACC title. It also resulted in an increase of nearly 17,000 tickets sold per game since Friedgen got here. Yow should get a lot of credit for this.

Yow also brought the reigning national coach of the year Brenda Freise here and turned around the womens hoops program into a national champs and perennial contender.

Yow also had opportunities to fire Gary Williams prior to the 2001-2002 final four/championship seasons and opted not to. When the Terps got bounced by 35 pts against UCLA in the 2000 NCAA tourney, there were some fans calling for Gary's head. When they lost 5 of 6 in the middle of the 2001 season, culminating in a loss against perennial doormat FSU, at home, those calls for Gary's head grew louder. Yow stood by him and what happened? We won the national championship the following year.

Yow has been athletic director during a total of 18 national championships at Maryland--the most successful period in the history of Maryland athletics. There is a reason she was awarded the national athletic director of the year award. There is a reason she was voted the President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. There is a reason she is the current President of the national Division I-A Athletic Directors Association.

She has balanced the budget every year she has been here, no small feat given that for the prior 10 years before her arrival it hadn't been balance even once.

Look, Yow isn't perfect. She's not the greatest communicator in the world and hasn't had great relationships with some of her coaches. She has from time to time let her politically correct politics interfere with some important coaching decisions and certainly shouldn't have given James Franklin the coach-in-waiting promotion based on his race, according to her, with a $1 million bonus.

But to act as if she should be fired when you consider her entire track record is beyond laughable. She is here to stay folks...better get used to it.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 1, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The right move for maryland football and the terps to come. This year was an injury riddled year, but the future with Robinson. I look forward to next year!

I only wish I was a little closer to see them live versus on tv!

Posted by: gtmoterp | December 1, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Some you on here sound like "arm chair quarterbacks"! Have any of you been to practice, been in coaches meetings, been in players meetings, been in the training room............? If not then you need to keep your mouths closed. The coaches at MD are very good coaches and work extremely hard at what they do. The players have worked hard, and yes they may have lost some recruits to other schools in the past few years but you they will be back......Someone talked about Portis in a earlier post...He was a very good player, but he is not the kind of person they want as part of their program....Coach Franklin has been there 2 years and the players have to get use to and understand the offense and they are getting better at it....Coach Brown has been there one season and the defensive players are starting to get a better grasp on what he wants to do......There possibly needs to be some changes in certain areas, but that is for Friedgen to decide.....Does Coach Friedgen come to you workplace and tell you how to do your job????? The answer is "NO". So if you haven't been around the program enough to know what goes on then keep your mouth closed.......

Posted by: baseballguy602 | December 1, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

You keep posting things that are inaccurate. Posting them over and over again does not make them true.

Yow passed over Friedgen and hired Vanderlinden. When that did not work out, she was instructed from above to hire Ralph.

When the basketball team lost to UCLA, they had the entire team returning from a 25 win team that won 11 ACC games and made the conference finals. Other than a few critics nobody was calling for Gary to be fired. Long time college basketball coaches are not fired mid year without a scandal. They ended 2001 in the final four.

You have stated that Yow and Gary's have a good working relationship and that it is just internet rumors that they don't get along. Here is what Prisbell said in his chat yesterday,

"And a toxic environment exists at Maryland right now because of the relationship between Gary Williams and Debbie Yow and Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow. Gary and Ralph have united in a sense against a common enemy in their mind. That is unfortunate that it has gotten to this point at Maryland."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/11/29/DI2009112901934.html

Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Yow's handling on the decision to bring back Fridge is typical of her handling. She let Ralph twist in the wind rather than give me her backing during the season. She leaked the information about using the endowment as a loan to buyout the contract. This hurts recruiting and gives the impression that Fridge is only returning because high ranking officials like O'Malley and McMillen were critical of the potential buyout plan.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

baseballguy wrote:
Some you on here sound like "arm chair quarterbacks"! Have any of you been to practice, been in coaches meetings, been in players meetings, been in the training room............? If not then you need to keep your mouths closed.

Unfortunately, Fridge isnt paid twice what Joe Pa is to run meetings or hold good practices....He is paid to win football games and graduate kids and is WAY BELOW standard in both areas....It is undeniable that the program is worse now than when he took over...the only thing his supporters hang their hats on are 2nd tier bowl appearances...the change in the 90s to allow EVERY team with 6 victories a bowl appearance has benefitted Fridge and was not availabe to his predecessors.....the only way this guy gets to 6 victories is by changing conferences to the Mid America or Patriot

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"She is here to stay folks...better get used to it."

We will see. Yow has the backing of Mote, but more and more of the big money boosters are voicing concerns about Yow. IMHO, she is gone by 2012.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Maryland athletics have a number of issues that are hard to overcome:
(1) most undergraduates are commuters whose loyalties tend to be weaker than campus residents; (2) there's a lot of competition for fan support from nearby teams - Ravens, Redskins, UVa, WVa, GeoTown, GW, Pitt, etc. etc.; (3) access to Byrd stadium; (4) most Maryland citizens don't consider College Park to be the state standardbearer - see (2) above. The upshot is that Terrapins must perform at very high levels to attract the minimum extramural support necessary to justify their existence. I hate to write this, but Maryland's commitment to Divison Ia athletics may be fiscally unsound and could be discontinued with financial gain to the University. It's a close call, IMO.

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 1, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good call I believe.

Russtinator did a good job of pointing out the talent that is coming back.

I do believe that Ralph has the talent to be very competetive. Does that mean an ACC championship? Maybe, maybe not, but it does mean I expect that with the experience coming back, we will be bowl elligible next season.

For the past several years, we've been undersized and weak on the defensive line. Last years class of Blue, Kerr and Arnette are going to give us some size AND quality depth along the defensive front.

Robinson is much more mobile than Turner, if Ralph made a mistake, it was in allowing Turner to play half of the game Saturday. However, I do understand why he did it.

He is too loyal to some of his players. He'd better coach next year like his job depended on it. If someone is struggling, pull them and let someone else give it a try.

As for Franklin, give him a break. He came here in January of 2008. He's the reason we have Kenny Tate and a couple of other kids. His offensive philosophy is more wide open than the Terps have shown in recent years. However, you have to play with what you have and Chris Turner wasn't his kind of QB (read not mobile). Wait and see what happens when we gear the play calling to a quarterback that can move a little. It will open up the entire offense.

23 kids started as true or redshirt freshmen this year. They will be better next year.

I have big hopes for the coming season and I plan to renew my season tickets.

Go TERPS!!

Posted by: jimbo561 | December 1, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Great decision, I'm glad Coach Friedgen will be back to lead his team. He's the best football coach we've had since Bobby Ross, and will get the Terps back into a bowl next year. I can understand students frustration since they don't recall the dark days of UM sports before Gary and before Ralph. I will renew my season tickets this week now that I know the big guy will be back next year. I love his ability to coach and to WIN bowl games when we get there. Good decision for players, and fans alike. Go Terps!

Posted by: bfjam | December 1, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who wants to fire Yow is crazy. Have you checked how well Maryland is doing across the board in so many sports! Other schools wish they were doing so well. And they made the right decision to bring back Friedgen. Like a previous emailer said, check out the results from 1987-2000. He went to a bowl game last year and won it.

Posted by: sruppert | December 1, 2009 1:40 PM

I forgot that field hockey, competitve cheering, womans lacrosse and men's soccer would ever equal the revenue that football and basketball would bring in. We have a
AD that cares only about womens athletics.
Our football program should not have to drive to North Carolina for games. How the hell can you recruit like that? What local player wants to stay around for long bus trips and a horrible turf to play on at home. Yow's a joke. FIRE YOW!!! Hows that for random caps you TOMFOLEY1!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | December 1, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Chief2,

It's ironic that you claim I post inaccurate statements when you just made the most absurd statement on this board. You claim that Yow was "instructed" to hire Friedgen. This is what as known in the English language as a "blatant lie." She is the athletic director pal. She is the one who makes the decisions about which head coaches to hire, not someone "from above." You lose all credibility when you make such insanely idiotic and unfounded claims.

As for your other absurd claim that "nobody was calling for Gary to be fired" please go see a doctor--you're obviously suffering from brain amnesia. Plenty of head coaches get fired mid season first of all, and plenty of fans were calling for Gary's head mid season--a decade ago, and as recently as last year. I know because on Selection Sunday I re-posted dozens of those calls for Gary's head right here on the Terrapin Insider.

Read this thread and come back here with a straight face and tell me no one was calling for Gary's head: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2009/03/terps_return_to_ncaa_tournamen.html

Posted by: Barno1 | December 1, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Ralph seems to have only been successful with someone else's recruits, but how much of that is due to the tools and resources he is given by Yow. Sure, many of the other non-money generating sports have fared very well, but that can only be sustained for the short term if the big money generating programs of football and men's basketball aren't successful. The assistant coaches for women's BB make more than Gary's assistants. We need a new AD who knows how to run big time programs!

Posted by: MDFAN4EVER | December 1, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

For all of those criticizing the unpleasantness toward AD Yow...don't forget to add men's and women's water polo to the varsity teams that are not fiscally self sustaining and use revenue from FB and BB along with booster $$ to be funded. Gee...those are sports that show off MD athletics - NOT!

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 1, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

OK - I'll stand corrected - Only WOMEN'S Water Polo. Can you say...Title IX (PS - I'm a woman)

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 1, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Maryland football has sucked raw eggs since the 80s until the Fridge. He loves the school, loves the players, and works like a dog. At worst he should be able to finish out his contract. Ego? He doesn't seem to have one compared to the rest of the college coaches. Weight problem? Are you petty or what? Why can't you accept that in its best years, Maryland football will be a top 25 team?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | December 1, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Maryland has underinvested in facilities and other aspects of the football program when compared with other ACC schools. No serious coach would take this job with the current infrastructure. The school needs to evaluate the whole program and what it will take to put MD in the top tier of schools in football

Posted by: dtracz1 | December 1, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I like the decision. Fridge has done well to bring the program back and deserves the last year. Besides, believe it or not there are 30 Terps in the NFL as we write this. Clearly, he can recruit and develop talent. Hopefully, next year will be better. Go Fridge, I got your back baby!

Posted by: Terrapinjoe56 | December 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

A lot of powerful people involved in Maryland football including Boomer were unhappy with how Fridge was treated when Vanderlinden was hired. When Vanderlinden was fired, Yow was instructed / strongly encouraged to hire Ralph by Mote. Regardless, it was a no brainer, Fridge was an alumni with a strong resume as an assistant. The program had struggled for 15 yearsand were averaging under 30k a game. It was not like successful head coaches were interested in the position.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

As for Franklin, give him a break. He came here in January of 2008. He's the reason we have Kenny Tate .....

Kenny Tate??? Is he the one that Fridge was RAVING about this summer? Is this the same Kenny Tate that played on one of the worst defenses in all of college football? I think I heard (not saw because UMD is not on TV anymore) about him getting smoked for a couple of TDs during one of the games....

And there is some other stud named Porzel that everyone is talking up....played a couple of games this year...I think is Avg YPC is a little less than 1

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

As head coach of a major program like Maryland basketball, there is always going to be critics for any year that does not result in a final four. That does not mean it is realistic.

After the 99/00 season when the Terps dispite being very young made the NCAA tournament for the 8th time in a row, won 25 games, went 11-5 in the ACC and made the finals of the ACC tournament. This was the season that Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter and Steve Blake established themselves as big time players. They are a freshmen and two sophomores at this point and would be the backbone of the greatest era in Terps basketball. Since you want to credit Yow for not firing Gary after 99/00, name a coach that was fired in a similiar situation.

After the Florida State game in 00/01, the Terps were 15-9. Name a coach that was fired in the middle of the year in college basketball. I can think of two. Kelvin Sampson was fired for getting in trouble with the NCAA and Bill Frieder was fired for interviewing at another school. Other than that name a coach that was fired in the middle of the year for on the court results.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone realize that at the beginning of the season, UMD had 3 walk ons on the O/D Line? Think about that for a minute and what that says about the quality of the kids we are recruiting and offering scholarships to...Walk ons are practically unheard of in Div I football (excluding Rudy of course)....so of the 8-10 kids on the O/D line, UMD had 3 kids who nobody else wanted (and we didnt even want) who came in here and were BETTER than the players that Ralph recruited and offered scholarships to

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

In the past you have called me clueless and a dimwit that was spreading internet rumors for saying that Yow and Gary do not get along. Since Prisbell described the environment as toxic between Gary and Yow, I would like to hear your reaction to what Prisbell wrote.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/11/29/DI2009112901934.html

Here is a quote that Prisbell wrote from that chat.

"And a toxic environment exists at Maryland right now because of the relationship between Gary Williams and Debbie Yow and Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow. Gary and Ralph have united in a sense against a common enemy in their mind. That is unfortunate that it has gotten to this point at Maryland."


Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Heres one thing Ralph can do for next year: GET RID OF THOSE ALL BLACK URBAN CHIC UNIFORMS

There is nothing funnier than a team trying to dress up to intimidate and then getting their butts kicked all over the field

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 1, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree Yow needs to go and take Ralph with her. Why shoot for a Top25 program? Do you think that is where Florida shoots? How about Texas? We shoot low and end up low. Ralph has not shown the ability to recruit. I can't believe someone actually said Navy was NOT a cupcake - c'mon. Who fears Navy football? This is the first time in years they have been respectable.

Posted by: lumley1 | December 1, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Since Prisbell described the environment as toxic between Gary and Yow, I would like to hear your reaction to what Prisbell wrote.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/11/29/DI2009112901934.html

Here is a quote that Prisbell wrote from that chat.

"And a toxic environment exists at Maryland right now because of the relationship between Gary Williams and Debbie Yow and Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow. Gary and Ralph have united in a sense against a common enemy in their mind. That is unfortunate that it has gotten to this point at Maryland."


Posted by: Chief2 | December 1, 2009 6:59 PM

Ooooh, you've got a reporter's quote saying the relationship between Gary and Debbie is toxic! Wow, now I'm convinced!

Are you really this unaware of how many times this has been reported? This is not news pal. The media has been pounding this story for years, without any evidence to support it. The fact is Debbie Yow spends more time working with Gary Williams than probably any other coach at Maryland. She travels with the mens team to nearly every road game--she was sitting directly behind Gary last night in Indiana. Their working relationship is fine. And unless you have some specific evidence you'd like to present to us that shows otherwise, and unless you have some specific evidence to support your claim that Yow was "instructed" to hire Friedgen--please keep your asinine claims off this board.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 2, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Barno,

In the past you have dismissed statements that Yow and Gary don't get along as internet rumors. Now a Washington Post report who been on the Maryland beat for several year is very directly stating that Yow and Gary have a poor relationship. Yet you dismiss it probably because Yow has e-mailed you that she fully supports Gary.

I am an alumni, long time season ticket holder for football and basketball and Terp Club member. I follow Maryland athletics very closely and hear quite a bit. Based on what I hear, I came to the conclusion several years ago that Debbie Yow is poisoning revenue sports at Maryland. The day that she is gone will be a great day for Maryland athletics.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 2, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Chief2, Prisbell has been saying for years that the relationship isn't good between Gary and Debbie. I am not saying they are best friends, but I know for a fact their working relationship is fine. In the middle of the season last year, when a number of Terps fans were calling for Gary's head, she went to his press conference and called the rumors "crazy" and said Gary has a contract through 2012, and if at any time he feels he needs to get an extension, for recruiting purposes or any other reason, she would be happy to do so. In fact, she extended his contract through 2013 after last season was over.

As for those things you "hear" please elaborate with specific evidence to support your claim that Yow was "instructed" to hire Friedgen.

Mike Wise knows Debbie Yow as well as any DC area reporter--given that he is the only one she regularly gives interviews to, both in print and on radio. She was on his show yesterday talking about Friedgen and Wise followed up with a column today titled "Tethered at the Hip." And who exactly is tethered at the hip? Yow and Friedgen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR2009120103878.html

Why would they be tethered at the hip if Yow was "instructed" to hire him? That would make absolutely zero sense. So again, unless you've got some specific evidence to support your ludicrous claim, just go away.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 2, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I am not sure how I am supposed to give you evidence of what I hear. I talk to people that are within the know of the Terrapin Club. It is likely the same way Prisbell and many others know the same.

Wise's article was comical because he wrote that hiring Fridge was Yow first major hire, completely overlooking Vanderlinden. I assume that Yow goes on Wise's show because he is in competition with Mr Tony. Kornheiser cannot stand Yow. I wonder why. Who is Kornheiser's buddy in College Park?

I could go on and on writing about how your above post is garbage and you can respond back and tell me the same about my post. However, what is the point. Yow e-mails you and says she fully supports Gary so you believe they have a good relationship regardless what anybody else says.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 2, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Just because somebody told you Yow was instructed to hire Friedgen, and you were gullible enough to believe it, doesn't mean you should be spreading such nonsense on Terps blogs. Who instructed her? And why should she be responsible for anything if somebody else is pulling the strings?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 4, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Numerous people that are familiar with the inner workings of Maryland athletics have stated that Mote instructed / strongly recommended that Yow hire Ralph. Yow screwed up the first time when she hired Vanderlinden. Many people were angry with how Ralph was treated when Yow hired Vanderlinden and had expressed that unhappiness to Mote. Boomer Esiason was involved. Yow either agreed that Ralph was the right person for the job or realized that she did not have the political clout to fight it.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 4, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

There's just one small problem with your conspiracy theory: Mote was not president of the university when Yow hired Vanderlinden! William Kirwan was president until 98, Vanderlinden was hired in 97.

But yeah, I'm sure Mote had all this pent up anger about the hiring even though he had nothing to do with and was not even around for it, eh?

Chief, just stop posting these idiotic theories and save yourself the embarrassment.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 4, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

What are you talking about????

I wrote "Yow screwed up the first time when she hired Vanderlinden."

When did I say Mote was the President when Vanderlinden was hired? Yow screwed up the first time she hired a football coach which Mike Wise is unaware of. In the process Yow angered a lot of people. When it was obvious that Vanderlinden was not going to work out, a lot of people expressed concern to Mite about Yow hiring another football coach and how Fridge was treated the first go around.

The hiring of Ralph was very similiar to UVA hiring Mike London. An obvious choice was strong ties to the school that selected them.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 7, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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