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Do you agree with Friedgen's postgame rant?

After the game Saturday, a handful of reporters and I made our way down to a makeshift press area at the bottom of Memorial Stadium. Coach Ralph Friedgen sat at a small table with the box score in front of him. I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t expect him to show that much frustration toward his team. It was the first significant crack in the patience that he has shown since the beginning of the 2009 season. He called them out for not playing smart and not playing with energy in the second half. None of this was provoked by reporters. One thing that’s surprised me was how he went off on a tangent about how he’s not going to play hobbled players, including Torrey Smith, if they don’t practice by Thursday. It kind of came out of nowhere. At the end, he said if the team continues to make mistakes, they will be mediocre at best.

By Eric Prisbell  | October 18, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
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I'm tired of hearing Ralph talk about kids who practice well or don't practice well: Stedham better than Hollenbach, Steffy better than Turner, Robinson better than O'Brien, etc.

Ralph's practices produce lots of injuries, but have no relationship to performance on game-day.

He and Franklin can't go fast enough to suit me.

Posted by: RITerp | October 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

How do you know his practices "have no relationship to performance on game-day"? Are you at Maryland practices, or are you just talking out of your *** like most of the haters on this blog?

And who is "Stedham"? I don't recall a player by that name. Perhaps you are referring to Joel Statham?

Why is it that those that know the least about Maryland football are the same people who are quickest to criticize? There seems to be a direct correlation.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

This might explain why he's never happy with practice. Maybe if he does this he'll be putting himself and the team in the right position to win.

I think the underlying factor here is that the recruiting took such a hit and there is not great depth to back up what they have on the first team and he might finally be realizing that now and kicking himself. It's not like the second team should step in right away but there is a drop in talent it appears that is affecting the team where he is hesitant to play those players and is hurting the first team more because people are playing injured.

I think Fridge just needs to come out and admit a little self humility because it seems like he is keeping everything bottled up and it's coming out at the wrong time. Whether he does it in a team meeting with the coaches and the players or has a statement at the beginning of his press conference, there is something he needs to get off his chest and he's not going about it the best way.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I question Ralph's ability to recruit the best talent available. I do not like the coach in waiting, I believe it creates a competition between the coachs, like, what is in my best interest versus what's in the teams best interest.
For example, the freshman tackle was totally over matched by Bowser who will be a professional very soon. So, the coaching staff can't make adjustments? Better coaching (from the entire staff) could have provided help for this freshman,ran some things to neuterlize that rush or run at him instead of just getting the quarterback beat up. We have all watched good to great oaches make adjustments that turn games around, so maybe Ralph needs to direct some of the rage at himself and the rest of the coaching staff.

Posted by: wtress233 | October 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't think recruiting is the issue. We had yet another 25/top 30 class this past year and have averaged a top 25 class for each of the last several years. We have more players playing in the NFL than Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, UVA, Virginia Tec, Boston College etc. It's not the talent level of our players, it's their youth. Last year, we were VERY young. This year we are still young, but young with a little experience to go along with it and you can see the results as we are 4-2 right now as compared with 2-4 at this time last year. We should be a veteran team the next couple of years which bodes very well for the program's chances of competing for an ACC title.

The haters just need to be a little more patient. When a young team is 4-2 and .500 in their conference, there is no need to blast the head coach. If we miss a bowl game this year--something I highly doubt--then feel free to criticize all you want. But if we make it to 7, 8 wins--this should be considered an achievement given our youth and inexperience at QB.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I think that RF is feeling the pressure a great deal. After the disaster of last year he knows he must produce a "real winning season" of at least seven wins. In the games against the most meaningful competition so far this year the Terps have been blown out. I do not think it is wise to publically rant on the kids even if they are not performing as best they can. It is very frustrating to watch this unfold.

I like Ralph and am grateful to him for resurrecting the program. I have lived through the good years (Claiborne & Ross) and all the bad years before and after them. The last four or five under Ralph have been mainly disappointments with last year being the worst of all. I hope that we can win 3-4 more games and go to at least a half way decent bowl. If not Ralph may have enough common sense to step down. I am also not a fan of the coach in waiting or the deal. If a change is made after this season I think it should be a wholesale one.

Lest any of the "boosters" get on me for my opinions --- here are my qualifications --- Alum, Terp Club above average donor, MGN member, life member Alumni Assn, Season Ticket holder for many years. Oh, and I root for them every down of every game.

Let's hope they can take BC and get back on the winning track.

Posted by: JoeR123 | October 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ralph is losing it....he is desperate to keep his $2M job and this is just the latest in a series of inappropriate remarks to the press that show he is not sure what to do...How many times have we heard him say "I cant reach the players" etc...there are a number of contributing factors (Coaching, recruiting, play calling, game preparation, penalties, hustle, desire, skill positions) but they all add up to the fact that Ralph is paid $2M per year to put a quality program on the field 11 saturdays each year. He himself said there was no reason why UMD should not be a Top 25 program and consistantly challenge for the ACC title. Now, here we are 10 years into his program and over the last 6-7 we have seen a decline in competitiveness culminating in the worst record in over 110yrs of MD Football...its not just youth because it has become a perennial problem...the turnovers, the penalties, the poor blocking, poor tackling etc etc etc...the fact that NAVY (which has significant recruiting disadvantages compared to UMD) was basically able to bust our butts up and down the field all day long should have been a wakeup call...since then we have played 2 top 40 programs and have been blown off the field...Is it youth again? or the weather? or turnovers? or penalties? or special teams? or any of the other maladies that signify a poorly recruited and coached team?

Has Fridge done what he said he was going to do? Nope


Cheers!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I bet if anyone cares to do the research and stack the starting D and O together between UMD, Clemson, WVU and Navy and look at the class rank, we are are pretty similar....you only have 4 years of eligibility ....how many years in a row are we going to use the youth excuse? Other teams dont play Fr, So, Jrs? Ralph has the same number of scholarships as the other coaches..he just hasnt managed them well...overrecruited at some positions and underrecruited at others..now we are too young again...I guess he is hoping to peak in 2012...then what?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ralph is losing it....he is desperate to keep his $2M job and this is just the latest in a series of inappropriate remarks to the press that show he is not sure what to do...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 18, 2010 1:57 PM

You really are an idiot dude. Friedgen blasted his players after the Orange Bowl back in the 2001 season. But I don't recall anyone declaring those remarks as "inappropriate" or "desperate." It's part of his coaching style to demand accountability from his players. It's the same style he had back then and it's the same style he still has. You are ridiculous in your hatred of the man...I'm guessing if it weren't for him and what he has done for this team since he took over in 2001, you wouldn't even care about Maryland football right now.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 18, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I bet if anyone cares to do the research and stack the starting D and O together between UMD, Clemson, WVU and Navy and look at the class rank, we are are pretty similar....you only have 4 years of eligibility ....how many years in a row are we going to use the youth excuse? Other teams dont play Fr, So, Jrs? Ralph has the same number of scholarships as the other coaches..he just hasnt managed them well...overrecruited at some positions and underrecruited at others..now we are too young again...I guess he is hoping to peak in 2012...then what?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

How many years in a row? Um, last year was the first year that anyone mentioned youth being the main issue. The year before, MD was in first place in their ACC division most of the season.

Do you even follow Maryland football? It really, really, really does not seem like it.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

To the Ralph Haters,
Have you ever considered that a new head coach would be MUCH worse than Friedgen? According to your own math, we are currently 0-4 in the past 4 coaching hires (Krivak, Duffner, Vanderlinden, Friedgen). The first three in this list were terrible. I know, I know. Mike Leach wants to come to Maryland (in your fantasy world). Why on Earth would he come to Maryland? What is his connection to the Terps? Also, have you considered that the dude is nuts? The more likely scenario is we would get a scrub assistant coach that you never heard of and he would lead us into the abyss (which was the state of the program before Ralph turned it around).

Posted by: aviscardo | October 18, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Barno:

You really need to grow up and stop with the immature name calling...If you have disagreements with what I post, then by all means do it in a mature manner or else you will find yourself off the board.

Nobody has any problems with a coach holding players accountable...the article was about him doing in the press, which in my opinion is innapropriate..like the saying goes, "if you have something to say, say it to my face"..he should have enough respect for them as young men to do that.

Additionally, we have been hearing the youth/inexperienced excuse for more than a few years..it moves around (QB, OL, DL etc)from year to year but it has been used by Fridge frequently as an excuse for not doing well

Its noticeable that the vast majority of your posts are negative and directed at those with opinions different from your own rather than directly related to the article

Cheers

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 18, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The Clemson football team, with its back against the wall rose to the challenge...meanwhile..
across the sideline at Memorial Stadium, Ralph Friedgen fielded yet another poorly coached, ill-prepared team. While there is plenty of blame to be shared for the team's dismal performance, all criticisms should start and end with Friedgen.

What makes the loss especially frustrating was Maryland's failure to position itself among this year's conference favorites. A win against Clemson would have put the Terps second in the ACC Atlantic, trailing only Florida State. With the division appearing to be far more open than it has been in recent years, Friedgen has a chance this seasons to quiet his detractors and establish himself as one of the better coaches in the conference.

However, as most teams have shown under Friedgen's tenure, the Terps seem to be wading through the depths of mediocrity. The four opponents Maryland has defeated this season have a combined record of 10-14. While a win is a win, it has been far too long since Maryland enjoyed a signature win against an elite program.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 18, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks, after the 10 years Ralph has had, is the program where you thought it would be..Personally, I thought Ralph, being a Maryland man, would put us back on the map-he did for a while- and keep us there.. But after the first three years, where are we.. After all these years, we shouldn't be this weak with our roster depth.. Ralph admitted that he took for granted what he had after the first few years, he's still paying for it..Perhaps Medfast has changed the menu on Ralph, and he's been swallowing alot of frustration.. Tailgate on the 30th starts at 9:30, Lot 9B.. Go Terps !!!

Posted by: frostanna | October 18, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge's biggest issue is recruiting. He won a ton of games from recruits recruited by previous coaches -- specifically, Vanderlinden.

The other concern is that we just don't have depth and team speed.

Posted by: mi6-007 | October 18, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse


do i agree? not only no, but at this point "HADES NO!" they're his recruits. he's coached them up. if they fail this badly, there is only one reason and his name is RALPH.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 18, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA, you've nailed it. Working on his 10th year, Friedgen hasn't delivered what he said he would. A $2 million/year compensation package...and failing to perform? He must be glad he's in football because that performance in the real world would get you fired before you got to 10 years. For the long term good of the program, it's time to bite the bullet and move on. I still believe his goals were reasonable (consistent top 25, scholar athletes, and run a clean program, he's just not the guy who can get it done.

Posted by: DonRoberto1 | October 18, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Barno - you are a true idiot. You know nothing about this program and RALPH DID NOT BUILD THIS PROGRAM. Ralph won with Vandy's/Locks recruiting, and Blackney and Taafe's coaching. He became too arrogant and full of himself and caused the program to lose the very men that molded a mentally and physically tough team. Ralph shows zero leadership and should resign due to his inability over 10 YEARS to build ANYTHING around this program. They consistently get SPANKED against top 40 teams and Ralph has done nothing at MD on his own

Posted by: leed1911 | October 18, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"Ralph won with Vandy's/Locks recruiting"

Ugh. This is a common canard we often see here on the blog. How many times are people going to repeat this absolutely false myth before they realize the facts simply don't support it?

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

Ralph Friedgen won with THESE guys his first 3 seasons...Not one was signed by Ron Vanderlinden. NOT ONE.

Vandy didn't do squat during his tenure and you are defending his recruiting. Do you even listen to yourself?

Posted by: Barno1 | October 18, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the fridge publicly criticizing the players. Maybe he was trying to motivate them but thats a bad sign in a way since it means he can't reach them otherwise. If the team plays better in the next few games then his rant worked and if the team collapses then it didn't.

The fridge has been able to recruit a few NFL caliber players but the problem IMO has been a lack of quality assistants and coordinators since taafe and blackeny left, though they aren't exactly lighting it up in their current jobs. For some reason the 3 of them clicked the first 3 years and then nothing.

Posted by: terpfan4ever | October 19, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Maryland is not a very strong team this year or the past several seasons. It seems they are not able to recruit enough top level players. They have been rebuilding for 7 years. They seem to play hard but are not superior to most mid level division 1 teams. They got by Navy (on turnovers) but were not able to slow West VA or Clemson, let alone beat them. Should the Fridge get upset with them? Is it lack of effort? No I do not think so. Lack of basic skill most likely. Lack of coaching maybe. So I suspect the problem is in the coaching staff either they can not recruit enough top players or they are not coaching them properly. In general this lead me to feel the coach should look inward and not take it out on the players. In summary, no do not blame it on the players.

Posted by: geoski | October 19, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The haters just need to be a little more patient. When a young team is 4-2 and .500 in their conference, there is no need to blast the head coach. If we miss a bowl game this year--something I highly doubt--then feel free to criticize all you want. But if we make it to 7, 8 wins--this should be considered an achievement given our youth and inexperience at QB.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 18, 2010 1:44 PM

This is typical Barno blather. People who take issue with the program are "haters" and these haters never go to games and don't care about the program. They aren't real fans.

But isn't it interesting to see the Fridge use the "mediocre" comment in a context that just doesn't understand the word... JUST LIKE BARNO. Barno thinks making a bowl game is the goal. He thinks making the NCAA tournament in BB is the goal. He (and the University) just don't get it. REAL fans want us to be better than that. We have higher standards. We show our frustration with the year in and year out mediocre-at-best results. The football program is in a bad place and is not going to rise up without a coaching change and a commitment to winning. The BB program hasn't made a Sweet 16 since 2003, eight seasons ago! We are MEDIOCRE at best. Drink up Barno and friends.

Posted by: petecard | October 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Petecard, you really have a lot of balls still commenting on this board after all the times you said Gary Williams needed to be booted from Maryland. You went on and on and on about how Gary's time had passed him by, about how he was holding our bball team back, about how Vasquez should go pro early because he stank, about how MEDIOCRE our bball team was because of him and Gary. Now you are doing the very same thing with Friedgen.

Oh, and how did your predictions about Gary and the Terps turn out? Oh that's right, Gary won the ACC coach of the year last year and the Terps won the ACC title. If you believe Friedgen should now go to, than that bodes very well for him--given your incredibly bad track record at predicting failure for the Terps.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I am a big supporter of the Fridge. He has done a very good and consistent job and he does it at a place that has a real disadvantage in football, mostly because prep football is just not that great in the heart of the maryland recruiting area and we will never compete nationally for the best players.

That's unlike basketball where Gary simply has no excuses.

Posted by: petecard | July 30, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMM, eh Petecard? Bet you forgot about that little post didn't you Petey boy?

Seems that once upon a time (just a year ago) Petecard was on here talking about how big of a supporter of Ralph Friedgen he is. Now, while the team is 4-2, Petecard is on here telling everyone "the football program is in a bad place and is not going to rise up without a coaching change." Baaahahahahaha!!!

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Personally I view Gary and Ralph completely differently and I view recruiting as a means to an end and the end is to field a COMPTETITIVE Div1 program worthy of a school with +30k students. If you need McDonalds All Americans, to do that then so be it but my take on Gary is that he has a specific type of player and he maximizes their potential better than almost any coach in the country...You KNOW when UMD BB team is on the floor they will fight to the end and Gary is usually winning +20 games each season against VERY tough opponents...so in my opinion Gary is a saint and is welcome to stay at UMD as long as he wants....

Fridge on the other hand, has failed miserably to meet his stated objective of a quality Top 25 program....if there are any bright spots over the last 7 years, they have mostly been "smoke and mirrors"..for example..pretty weak scheduling, or relying on other teams to lose in order for us to sneak into the conf race....when UMD Football has played other Top 40 schools, we have typically been BLOWN off the field. Even Fridge admitted that last years victory over Clemson was a "Gift from God"....I dont know if it is all coaching or recruiting but something STINKS in the UMD football program and we have a fatty sitting on top of it all earning $2M per year to deliver something and he isnt doing it....watch UMD games this year and you will see all the hallmarks of a poorly coached, poorly prepared and poorly lead football team....Penalties, poor tackling, poor blocking, poor throws, predictable play calling, low scoring, limited time of possession....anyone with half a brain can see that this is not a good team and hasnt been for years. Is it any surprise that game attendance and TV appearances are way down and in danger of disappearing...right now UMD football tix are on sale at Stubhub for $15


Cheers

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Barno...HOLY COW!!! Do you save peoples posts? OMG!! are you some kind or wierdo freak or internet stalker??????? Yikes !!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

TerpfanMa, I don't save posts. There's this new invention called a "search engine." You may have heard of this thing called "google." Comes in very hand when trying to track down a comment I remember Petecard making.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

You are a CREEPY STALKER..RU Kidding me?????..to even remember comments from 15 months ago, let alone search them out and repost them is scary....What a bizarre little creature you are

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

when UMD Football has played other Top 40 schools, we have typically been BLOWN off the field.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

From the beginning of 2007 til the end of 2008, Maryland football was 6-0 vs ranked opponents.

BC, California, Clemson, Wake Forest, North Carolina. All top 25 teams including a few that were top 10. Not only were we not "BLOWN off the field" against these teams, we won EVERY SINGLE ONE of those game.

Serious question for TerpfanMA: Do you follow Maryland football at all? Like, even a little bit? Because it really, really, really seems like you do not.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I forgot Rutgers.

Here is the full list: BC, Rutgers, California, Clemson, Wake Forest, North Carolina. ALL were top 25 teams including a few that were top 10. Not only were we not "BLOWN off the field" against these teams, we won EVERY SINGLE ONE of those game.

Why are you even commenting on this site? This blog is meant for people who know a little something about Maryland. You obviously don't follow the team, so why are you even here?

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Nice little bit of trickery barno....My qualifier was over the last 7 years...not only did you omit that from your repost but you selected a brief period that amounted to maybe 15% of the timeframe I am referencing...

Keep spending BIG at the games barno...we need your $$ to gasbag the Fridge/Franklin show!!!

How frustrating for Fridge lovers that they have to keep going further and further back into history to pull out tiny nuggets of success

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Barno - last year's recruiting class was ranked 36th on rivals. Not that great. Maryland will not be a contender for a BCS until we get better players and, perhaps, better coaches. Does this mean Freidgen should resign? No. Friedgen has proven he can win, so perhaps it's his staff.

Either way, if the Terps do not win, then the problem has to be attributed to at least one of two things: coaching, recruiting, or both.

Friedgen's total winning percentage in his first 3 seasons: 79%

Friedgen's winning percentage in conference play first 3 seasons: 79%

Freidgen's total winning percentage over the last 6 seasons (through 2009): 48%

Friedgen's winning percentage in conference play over last 6 seasons: 40%

Looks like we could be heading in a similar direction. I guess time will tell.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 19, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The excuses for this coaching staff is running out. And unlike the "die-hards" you beleive that this team just needs experience, and things are going to get better with time, are fooling themselves. The reason that Maryland is struggling is the coaching staff itself. The team looks unprepared for most games, and confused most of the time. We have the talent. UMD sends guys to the NFL who have been successful the past few years, while the team has struggled. Dont blame youth. Every team in college football is youthful. Do you need to play 4 years to learn where to line up, catch the ball, Wait to move on the snap of the ball, and to tackle? Fans are losing interest and I am one of them. I had season tickets every year after I graduated, but now cant justify spending ANY money to watch bad football. Even taking time out of my day to watch them on TV is becoming painful. I will still support "the Club" and send my donations in, but dont expect any ticket purchases to occur until the coaching staff is gone, and play on the field improves. And for all you "TRUE Fans", Die hards and other excuse makers. If you enjoy spending your time to watch this nonsense, more power to you.

Posted by: Maryland82 | October 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I agree. I would be thrilled with 7-8 wins this year. However, I think our chances of achieving 7-8 wins is as likely Poopy and Petecard honoring you as the best Terp fan on the planet.

This team is just not that good. Ironically, Fridge's downfall has been recruiting and developing O-line depth. I know, we have had Jared Gaither Edwin Williams and that beast from last year (I forget his name) go to the NFL, but all have left early. Last year we STARTED three walk-ons on the O-line...never a good sign.

Also, your counter-argument regarding Fridge's recruiting ability is weak. Yes, we have brought in numerous players that have left to play in the NFL. But, Vinny Cerrato expertly proved that 3 or 4 great players and the rest being average-to-mediocre does not consitute a winning football program.

The numbers under Fridge speak for themselves:

2001 10-2 ranked 10th
2002 11-3 ranked 18th
2003 9-3 ranked 17th
2004 5-6 ****first season with all Fridge-recruited players****
2005 5-6 not ranked
2006 9-4 not ranked
2007 6-7 not ranked
2008 8-5 not ranked
2009 2-10 not ranked

That's right, folks. Fridge has never fielded a ranked team that consisted entirely of players that he was responsible for recruiting.

And back to the topic of the original post. Fridge should do what he has to behind closed doors to get his team to perform. However, throwing the players under the bus via the media is just wrong.

Props to GW and Fridge for fielding scandal-free hosnest programs, but Gary just went toe-to-toe with the eventual National Champs last year for 3 months during the regular season...Fridge, not even close.

Posted by: larry31 | October 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I agree. I would be thrilled with 7-8 wins this year. However, I think our chances of achieving 7-8 wins is as likely Poopy and Petecard honoring you as the best Terp fan on the planet.

This team is just not that good.
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Larry31, I know you are a diehard fan so I am sure you remember the lessons of 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008.

2002: The Terps started out horrible at 1-2 after getting destroyed vs Notre Dame and FSU. Fans were irate and ready to throw the towel in on the season.

Then a funny things happened. The Terps won 10 of their next 11 games and went 11-3 on the season.

2003: The Terps started out horrible at 0-2 after horrible losses to Northern Illinois and a blowout vs FSU. Terps fans were irate and ready to throw the towel in on the season.

Then a funny thing happened. The Terps won 10 of their next 11 games and went on to a 10-3 season.

2006: The Terps started out horribly. We barely squeaked out wins over William and Mary, Florida International and Mid Tenn St, and we got clobbered vs West Virginia. Then we lost a game at Gtech that we should have won, and next we went into UVA and were getting drubbed 20-0 at halftime. Fans were irate and were ready to throw in the towel on the season.

Then a funny thing happened. We came back and won the UVA game, then we beat NC state the next week, then we beat Florida State, then went down to Clemson and won down there, then we beat Miami. All of a sudden the Terps were in first place in the ACC and back in the top 25. We lost out on a chance to go to the ACC title game when we lost to eventual ACC champ Wake in the final game, but went on to enjoy a big win over Purdue down in sunny Florida in a late December bowl game. A 9 win season that no one could complain about.

2008: We started out horribly again. We barely beat Delaware at home, then the unthinkable happened: we got beat by Middle Tennessee St. Fans were irate and ready to again throw the towel in on the season.

Then a funny thing happened again. Maryland clobbered top 25 California, then smashed Eastern Michigan by 50 points, then went down to Clemson and beat a top 25 team, then clobbered a top 25 Wake Forest team 26-0, then beat a solid NC State team, then beat another ranked North Carolina team. All of a sudden, Maryland was again in first place in the ACC well into November. Unfortunately we lost our chance to go to the ACC championship when we lost to a very hot Florida State team. But again went on to handily win our bowl game and concluded a season no one could legitimately complain about.

The lesson from all these seasons is simple: Just because things don't look good early in a season, don't count out a Ralph Friedgen coached team. Period. The fans that are back on here saying we won't win another game this season (Petecard, TerpfanMA) are the same ones that counted us out back in 02, 03, 06, and 08...and each of those seasons the Terps became ACC title contenders all the way up til the end.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I hear ya, dude. I hope you are right and I am wrong. Feel free to call me out at the end of the season. But, this team just doesn't seem that good...and Fridge just seems to lose his players half way through the season. I am sticking with 6 wins that will get us into a bowl game that actually costs money to play in as opposed to making money for the program.

BTW, I want your honest opinion. Don't you think the James Franklin play calling sucks? I am, on the other hand, starting to like Don Brown.

Posted by: larry31 | October 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

My god YES. I think our affirmative action coach in waiting James Franklin needs to go, whether Friedgen is here or not.

Since the beginning of last year it almost seems Franklin is intentional throwing games, or at least not giving his best effort as O-coordinator.

Put it this way: imagine your job is relatively safe but your boss's job is not, and if your boss gets fired you get his job OR a million bucks. AND you can directly impact whether your boss gets fired or not. The motivation to be the best O-coordinator you can be is not there because you are guaranteed your boss's job or a million bucks no matter what you do. Which leads to outcomes like last year against Rutgers, when we had a 4th quarter lead late in the game but Franklin kept calling for passes on 1st and 2nd down despite the fact that Turner had shown he had issues holding a wet football. Pick 6, game over. Same thing happened against UVA in the rain, thanks to Franklin's impossibly stupid playcalling.

It's a terrible situation for the program to be in with Franklin--and just one more reason we should have never done the coach in waiting thing to begin with.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I couldn't have explained why this situation sucks any better.

I think you, me and Pete can I agree on one thing...we are all glad that Debbie Yow is gone...by far her worst decision was that coach-in-waiting clusterf%@k.

BTW, I will keep repeating it: With Loh and Anderson at the helm, we are Big 10-bound within five years.

Posted by: larry31 | October 19, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

Always keeping folks on their toes. Love it. After 2-10 last year with a very young team I will take 6-6 or 7-5, and any kind of bowl game with a young team. That young team will then get a chance to practice for an extra month.

Hopefully, the powers that be will allow Fridge the chance over the next couple of years to turn it around. I think he has earned and deserves the chance.

And I agree, the Fridge and Franklin thing is an absolute flippin' mess of a situation. I say pay Franklin his million at the end of the year and run him out of town on a rail.

Hey, it's not like other teams in the ACC have been dominating either. VT is always overrated. FSU and Miami aren't FSU and Miami anymore and Clemson, is well, Clemson.

People need to relax and wise up.

Posted by: Section505203 | October 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

so let me get this straight barno:

2002: We started out horribly and got pounded

2003: We started out horribly and got pounded

2006: We started out horribly and got pounded

2008: We started out horribly and got pounded

See the pattern? Do well coached, well prepared teams usually start out an 11 game season horribly..this aint baseball where you get 162 chances

By the way, were the seasons in between winners: 04,05,07,09?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

What kind of fan complains about a season in which Maryland went to the Peach Bowl and smashed our ranked opponent 41-7. What kind of fan complains about a season in which Maryland went to the Gator bowl and smashed our top 10 opponent 30-3?

The answer: It's a trick question, no fan of Maryland would ever complain about those seasons.

The 2001 ACC champion, top 10 team, BCS Orange Bowl season also started off horribly. North Carolina returned our opening punt for a TD and aviscardo and barno1 looked at each other and said 'yup, this is the Maryland football we have come to know over the years.' Fans were booing. It was ugly.

Then a funny thing happened. Maryland came back to win that game--and went on to win their next 7 in route to a 10-1 regular season record and ACC crown.

But I bet TerphaterMA thinks Fridge should've been fired after that horrible start to the 2001 season.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA,

Half the time, I think Barno is just plain nuts...he actually defended Vinny Cerrato as a GM on Redskins Insider!!!

However, his uncanny ability to dredge up long-forgotten posts is very entertaining. And this ability is one of the things that makes this blog unique and so damn entertaining.

Posted by: larry31 | October 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Fridge vs Beamer: The 1st 10 YEARs

Fridge 10-2 Beamer 2-9
Fridge 11-3 Beamer 3-8
Fridge 10-3 Beamer 6-4
Fridge 5-6 Beamer 6-5
Fridge 5-6 Beamer 5-6
Fridge 9-4 Beamer 2-8
Fridge 6-7 Beamer 9-3
Fridge 8-5 Beamer 8-4
Fridge 2-10 Beamer 10-2

Kind of interesting how the programs went in exactly the opposite direction

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what Beamer's 1st nine years (not 10) have to do with anything...but it is amusing how TerphaterMA can't see that he just hurt his own argument that a 2-win season should have been Fridge's last at Maryland. What happened after Beamer won just 2 games at Vtech: Did Vtech get rid of Beamer after his 2 win season, or did they support their coach in every way they could and bring him back despite the one really bad year?

Please answer the question TerphaterMA.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 19, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Look at the trend barno...nobody is looking at a single point in time...ur just silly...the fridge trend is declining with the peak early on and each high being lower than the previous....Beamer on the other hand used his first 10 years to construct a power house and was challenging for the NCAA title...fridge on the other hand...well......here we are....
If it helps you to see the trend, try plotting the wins each season on a graph...it will become clear to you then....since you didnt get it, my point of comparison is between a successful coach building a winning competitive program during their first decade and an "also ran"....You never were able to answer my question from a few weeks ago when I asked for a bigger blunder in all of the history of NCAA football than rescinding Slatons scholarship...r u still researching?....Heres another one for you....OF ALL THE COACHES EARNING $2M PER YEAR OR GREATER, HOW MANY HAVE A WORSE RECORD THAN THE FRIDGE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS???

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 19, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

TerphaterMA, there is no trend you unbelievable moron. According to your own numbers, in years 5-9 at their respective schools, Friedgen had 30 wins and Beamer had 34. Wow, what a huge difference.

Jesus you really are grasping.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 20, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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