Maryland's 2010 PR campaign underway
Maryland is wasting no time in its attempt to generate some buzz heading into the 2010 football season. The concern, as I have reported 67 times, is season ticket sales, which have declined the past five years. The 2009 season ticket sales projection was missed by $600,000 and school officials are bracing for projected losses anywhere from $800,000 to $1 million in 2010. The following message was sent out in an e-mail from the Terrapin Club to all of its members this afternoon:
Dear Maryland Football Supporter,
Now that the 2009 season is complete, I wanted to take a few moments to
thank you for your support of our football team this year. And I wanted to
tell you that no one associated with our football program is satisfied with
our record this season. As Head Coach, I take responsibility for our
performance this year and I can assure you that we will be better next
We have an exciting and mobile young quarterback in Jamarr Robinson. His
performances against Virginia Tech (129 yards rushing), Florida State (213
yards passing) and Boston College (115 yards passing playing less than half
the game) showed everyone that he brings an exciting dimension to our
offense. James Franklin and I are going to work on offensive schemes to
feature Jamarr’s unique skills. We also have two very good redshirt
freshmen quarterbacks in C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien – so we are stacked
in this crucial position.
We have all of our running backs returning. A healthy Da’Rel Scott, Davin
Meggett, Caleb Porzel and Gary Douglas return to give us the strongest
backfield we’ve had in years.
All of our wide receivers are back, including All-ACC performer Torrey
Smith, Adrian Cannon, Ronnie Tyler and Kevin Dorsey. You saw the arm
strength of Jamarr – next season it’s going to be exciting to watch him get
the ball downfield to these talented and speedy wideouts.
Our offensive line is back, with the exception of one. A young squad in
2009, our linemen are a year older, a year wiser and will play like
veterans next year, opening up holes for our backs and giving our
quarterbacks time to look downfield. Their development is crucial and I
will be working closely with the Offensive Line Coach Tom Bratton on this
in the off-season.
On the defensive side, we will return 8 of our top 10 leading tacklers.
Our linebackers will be a particularly strong unit, with Alex Wujciak and
Adrian Moten anchoring a squad that made great strides under first-year
Defensive Coordinator Don Brown.
In all we have 28 players back next year who started during their careers.
On our offensive two-deep, we have 18 of 22 players back. On defense, it’s
15 of 22 players back. That kind of game experience is going to pay off
for us next season.
Spearheaded by Dave Sollazzo and James Franklin, our recruiting efforts
have led to a 2010 class ranked 26th by national recruiting experts. The
class includes four 4-star prospects who can have an immediate impact on
Our 2010 schedule includes a season opener against the Navy Midshipmen at
M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Those of you who were there in 2005
remember what an outstanding game that was (we eventually prevailed 23-20
in a nailbiter), and I expect this one to be another tough match against
our intra-state rival. It will be a terrific start to the season.
When our full 2010 schedule is officially announced in January, we will be
asking you to continue your support of Maryland Football by renewing your
season tickets. I understand that some of you may look at this year’s
record and think hard about that decision. But I ask that you remember the
2009 team not solely for our record, but also for the heart with which they
played. This team never quit, not once, not on any play. These are
student-athletes of character…and we should all be proud that they are
called Terrapins. Now is the time for all Terp fans to unite and support
I am so proud to have been a part of this team, perhaps more than any team
in my 40 years of coaching. I would like to personally ask that you
continue your support of the Terps by renewing your season tickets. Come
back to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium next year. Watch our young team
grow and improve. With your help, we can do special things next year.
And my staff and I start that work today.
For those of you who wrote, emailed and called with encouragement over the
trying 2009 season, I thank you. I am humbled by your continued loyalty
and support of Maryland Football. We’ve done some great things together
here in Maryland during my first nine years, featuring six bowl appearances
including the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl and the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Returning
the program to that level of competition, along with Top 25 finishes
remains our top priority.
I am a proud Terp and I consider it an honor to coach here at the
University of Maryland and I thank Debbie Yow and Dr. Dan Mote for their
continued support. I hope that you look forward with me, our players and
our coaching staff to the 2010 season.
Fear The Turtle!
Head Coach Ralph Friedgen
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