That's Friedgen's story on Yow, and he's sticking to it
One of the more entertaining exchanges between Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen and reporters on Monday came near the end of his media session. A writer from a newspaper in North Carolina asked Friedgen if he'd spoken with North Carolina State Coach Tom O'Brien about the Wolfpack's new athletic director, Debbie Yow.
Yow, as most of you know, left Maryland earlier this summer after serving 16 years as the school's athletic director to take the same position at N.C. State. In addition to having an acrimonious relationship with Maryland men's basketball Coach Gary Williams throughout her tenure, Yow's relationship with Friedgen also had soured in recent years. Last fall, Yow attempted to raise the funds necessary to buy Friedgen out of his contract.
And with that as the backdrop, here's some dialogue between Friedgen and the reporter from North Carolina ...
Reporter: "Have you talked to Tom O’Brien at all and given him a scouting report on Debbie?"
Friedgen: "No comment."
Reporter: "Do you have any kind of advice for him or any kind of thoughts as to what it’s like working for her? Does he got his work cut out for him?"
Friedgen: "He’ll have to see. [pause] I will say this, and I’ve said it before, I feel very indebted to Debbie for hiring me, and I think she did things at Maryland that are unprecedented."
Reporter: "That’s all you’re going to say about that?"
Friedgen: "That’s all I’m going to say about that."
At that point, Friedgen's wife, Gloria, who sat across the table from the coach throughout his 75-minute media session, chimed in.
"That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it," she said with a grin.
July 27, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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