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Poll: Your biggest concern after Maryland's 31-17 loss at West Virginia

Headed back home soon. I expected a better overall performance out of Maryland. Lots of issues to sift through, and the left tackle position will be a focus in the coming days. What concerns you most?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 18, 2010; 7:04 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Coaching

Posted by: sargeantmofo | September 18, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ditto on the coaching.

Posted by: jimf5 | September 18, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Coaching....again UMD goes into a game unprepared and uninspired

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. Another case where many believe the coaches are responsible for a loss due to articles that are being released in the week.

1) Maryland fields a very young team, on defense, and offense. Our offensive line is not very experienced, and with the exception of Moten and Wucjiak, the D is young as well.

2) WVA is actually talented! Give them credit! They were fast, our defense is not nearly as fast as their O, and our O-line was not penetrating. It was louder than all hell in that stadium, and we got off to a rough start due to the fact we didn't establish the running game.

3) Look to the future! UMD never gave up. Robinsons a junior, the D made crucial plays, the game was still exciting!

Ridiculous you could blame the coaching for such a loss. Absolutely ridiculous, if the two above this comment knew anything about football they would know it wasn't UMD's year, perhaps next year and the year after.

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | September 18, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The ugly truth is that Ralph can't win with his own recruits. Once Vanderlinden's recruits left, so did Maryland's 90-3 seasons. Mike Leach would bring a new system that has produced champions out of unwanted athletes like Wes Welker. With the assets at Maryland's disposal, there's no excuse for the last 7 years. Texas Tech even wears the same colors. I'm watching them giving Texas all the Longhorns can handle right now. How do you think the Terps would do against Texas?

Posted by: flynnie321 | September 18, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the day, the coaches are responsible for a number of things ...

1/ Recruiting

2/ Coaching

3/ Game planning

... and, the list goes on.

As others have stated. Coaching -- especially, on our offensive side of the ball is just pathetic.

Our special team has one star. Torrey Smith.

And, our defense is coming together ... but, gives up way too many yards and allows for way too many 3rd down conversion.

What prevents University of Maryland to become as talented as University of West Virginia?

Agree with this. "The ugly truth is that Ralph can't win with his own recruits. Once Vanderlinden's recruits left, so did Maryland's 90-3 seasons."

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

lack of D1 talent

Posted by: IrvFleckman | September 18, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Woe, ho, Friedgen has to go!

Posted by: shangps | September 18, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Woe, ho, Friedgen has to go!

Posted by: shangps | September 18, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Please refresh my memory. Exactly how many 90-3 seasons has Ralph had?

Posted by: LeeM9308 | September 18, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Friedgen has sucked the life from MD's program. His terrible management and appointment of Solazzo as recruiting lead several years ago killed this team. Now - Ralph makes excuses for everything. His teams are NEVER prepared to play in big games and ALWAYS collapse. It's because Friedgen cannot prepare his teams mentally and won when he had a good staff who did all the work. He is self absorbed and has a loser mentality.

Posted by: leed1911 | September 18, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Fear the Snail.....slowest team in the history of the ACC..which isn't saying much since the ACC is the slowest conference in the history of college football..

Posted by: IrvFleckman | September 18, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

1) Recruiting
1A) Coaching

Too much area talent is getting away.

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | September 19, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Buy out and fire Friegen and his successor (great job working that contract out Yow and good riddence) before the season is over and hire Bobby Bowen who has an chip on his shoulder after being forced out of Fl State.

Posted by: DaveLopan | September 19, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Sanjuan, you do make some valid points, but you have to admit, any good coach would realize that W.Virginia would try and get the ball to Tavon Austin, Dunbar-Balt. product who choose WVU over us...Kind of rubbing it in our face, don't ya think....LOVED that 1st drive, with all the penalties..This Sat. vs. FIU will make/break the season...

Posted by: frostanna | September 19, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Yes, there are things to complain/worry about - that's generally the case coming off a loss. However, in the grand scheme of things for THIS season, the Terps are right where I thought they'd be at this point. Odds were the Terps finish 3-1 coming out of OOC play. Four and 0 wouldve been nice, 2-2, a little disappointing, and 1-3 a disaster. So, bring on FIU, win that game and head into the ACC play with a momentum. The season is not lost.

Posted by: Cmart1 | September 19, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Yet again, UMD fans' expectations are the problem. MD is a small state in an area lacking football tradition and culture. Terps can be pretty good--never great--every few years, just as UVA can. Don't tell me about VaTech--they're falling back to mediocrity now, where they belong. Hello, ACC: This is basketball country; get used to it and get good at it!

Posted by: trebor0012 | September 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I try to be realistic and I'm not shouting for Fridge's head BUT.... the problem is we're playing with the kids WVU and PSU don't want from our own state. WVU was faster and stronger than we were and for the second year in a row our O-line appears to be bad. I agree MD will always be limited in terms of what's possible but 2 walk-on's starting on our O-line--that's problematic.

Posted by: cjterps98 | September 19, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind the following facts when comparing Maryland with West Virginia:
Maryland actually has academic standards, and has an acceptance rate of less than 50%; many talented athletes just don't make the cut because they never went to class. West Virginia has a 90% acceptance rate, which gives stellar athletes who finished high school with a bottom GPA a place to go and do the same in college!
West Virginia is ranked #1 in beer consumption, frat parties, & has a 70% graduation rate (makes a parent so proud)! Everyone who has anything to do with college admissions knows that West Virginia is a "last-option" school. So, naturally, they start every game with a breakfast of "kegs & eggs".

Posted by: Terppp | September 19, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

UMD was 2-13 on 3rd down. WVU was 11-18. Good job w/ your bingo wheel play calling Franklin. How about some running and play action passing from the I ??? The I isn't the spread coach. How about plays that set up other plays ??? How about the option from the I and freeze option pass for the limited #11 ? O'brien should start asap and fridge needs to call plays again to win more this year.

Posted by: Realness1 | September 19, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

only an idiot would bring up vanderlinden. that line has been repeatedly debunked here and elsewhere. i didn't expect a win but was expecting better performance. the one thing that worries me most is offensive play calling/end of quarter and half clock management. ever since franklin came back, recruiting has improved, but we constantly forfeit opportunities to steal 3 points at the end of a half, or to extend offensive posession when the D has been on the field for a while.

Posted by: mcmelton | September 19, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This program and team are probably not even worth a post on this blog.

We are truly mired in a state that is worse the mediocrity.

As for specifics, I'll just go with mi6-007 word for word!

Posted by: petecard | September 19, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

How can it be anything other than coaching???

Fire Franklin Now. I could go through this game and start listing all the faults with the guy, but then that gets done after each and every game over the past 2 seasons. Let the Debbie Yow mistake end mercifully and FIRE him now.

Posted by: asnis715 | September 19, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The difference in talent level is apparent when UMD contends with traditional football power schools. One only needs to look at Friedgen's and Rich Rodriguez's progression of their two perspective programs. Fridge was good coaching up Vanderlinden's recruits and had instant success (when his recruits were the main crop mediocrity struck-look at the record and numbers) , however, when Rodriguez began to bring his own athletes (from around the country-FLORIDA)this rivalry dramatically turned in WVA favor.

Posted by: mlh5173 | September 19, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse


At one time, University of Maryland used to be a powerhouse in Basketball, Lacrosse, and Football.

We are above average in Basketball, and Lacrosse. And, below average in Football.

Part of this, as others and I have stated in previous posts has to do with the cohesion of our Athletic Programs, Recruiting and Coaching.

Gary Williams is a great example of a fantastic coach. Year after year after year, Gary has maintained high ethical standards in recruiting, and as a consequence paid the price for it -- in the sense, letting some talented kid go elsewhere.

But, his coaching skills are outstanding. He manages to extract the best out of subpar talent and gets them to compete against the nation’s best.

Duke inevitable manages to recruit better talent than us, but we still show them up in our house, and sometimes in theirs.

Unfortunately, we just haven't been able to do the same with our Football program. I think folks mistake the fan base ... most LOVE Ralph Friedgen and appreciate what he has done in the past for us.

However, the harsh reality is that over the past 4 odd years he hasn't been able to deliver. Ralph's offense works best when you have a capable QB. Unfortunately, for him he hasn't been able to recruit one. He was DAMN lucky to get Scott McBrien, a transfer from West Virginia, to join him during his early days. Scott was a "key" ingredient to our early success and bowl appearances/wins.

Our offense can put together sustained drives, and that really impacts our defense. Those guys are out there much more than they should be... and, like all athletes, there is a point when your tanked/gassed.

In terms of quickness there are only a handful of guys that are burners on our team. Torrey Smith, Tony Logan, and Kenny Tate. A rung below are Del Ray Scott and Meggett.

For the past several years, we have never been able to orchestrate a dominant offense performance against ACC teams. Something like the shellacking we laid down on Morgan State. Let alone do this consistently.

Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Carolinas, and the NY tri-state has a ton of talented kids. Unfortunately, what we end up with are the second and third and fourth tier recruits. We seldom manage to lure talent from Florida, mid-west and west.

Being 3-1 this year prior to entering the ACC play is nothing. We expect that! The REAL question is what happens in the ACC play. Can we beat Duke, North Carolina, and the likes?

And, oh! ACC is just not Basketball country. It's much more ... it's Soccer, Lacrosse, Women's Field Hockey, and several other sports.

Peace out! And, best wishes to the Terps!

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 19, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Oops a correction ... wish there was an edit feature to make edits. I sorry for the inconvenience.

Our offense CANNOT put together sustained drives, and that really impacts our defense. Those guys are out there much more than they should be... and, like all athletes, there is a point when your tanked/gassed.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 19, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Recruiting and coaching have been my biggest concern over the past 3 years.

But don't worry, Barno1 was right: Vegas predicted that Maryland won the second half, so everything's fine.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 19, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I voted for other since my concern is who the coach will be next season.

Posted by: Dancy1 | September 20, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

We simply CANNOT be giving GW a pass on his horrific recruiting. We haven't made a Sweet 16 in 7 years! It's not because he chooses to run a "clean" program, it's because he is a very, very lousy recruiter.

Posted by: petecard | September 20, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

If there is one thing that should be known and that is Franklin has got to go with the West Coast Offense. It won't work for them as it doid not work for the Redskins.
Why haven't they gone with the option as they did in the earlier years of Fridge. They have the perfect qb.
Pay Franklin the million + give him another million they tell him to go away.

The defense can only do so much.

FRANKLIN IS THE PROBLEM AND THE CURE IS TO GET RID OF HIM ENOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jack51 | September 20, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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