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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Ralph Friedgen, Danny O'Brien earn ACC accolades

By Eric Prisbell

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen was named the ACC coach of the year after orchestrating his team’s six-win improvement from last season, the second-biggest turnaround in the country. Another reason for the turnaround: Redshirt freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien, who was named ACC rookie of the year.

It is a significant achievement for a coach whose job was saved after a disastrous 2009 season in part because of a poor economy and whose return in 2011 was not guaranteed until 12 days ago.

"A year ago I was about to be fired," Friedgen said Tuesday.

He praised fans and alumni for their support, adding "because of their support, this is possible."

Friedgen also won the award in 2001. Because of the turn of events in the past year, he said, "this one is special, really."

He said some people wanted him to make staff changes.

"I stuck to my guns. This is kind of vindication that I was right," Friedgen said. "I knew this team would be successful. It was a matter of teaching them how to believe in themselves."

Though the Terrapins were predicted to finish last in the Atlantic Division, the same core of players who won just two games last season – just one in the ACC – finished with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-3 ACC mark, good for a three-way tie for third in the league with North Carolina State and Miami. Only Miami (Ohio), whose record has improved by seven victories, has seen a more dramatic turnaround this season.

Friedgen, 63, entered this season with tenuous job security after, sources said, school officials explored using university funds to fire him after the 2-10 season in 2009. But on Nov. 18, five days after Maryland beat Virginia to ensure a winning regular season, Kevin Anderson, Maryland’s first-year athletic director, announced that Friedgen would return for an 11th season, the final year of his current contract. Friedgen and Anderson are expected to review the state of the program after the season.

Friedgen reached the seventh bowl game in his 10-year Maryland career with a patchwork offensive line that lost three starters --- left tackle Justin Gilbert (knee), right tackle Pete DeSouza (legs) and right guard Justin Lewis (knee) – to injury during the season. Lewis is expected back for the bowl game.

Friedgen and offensive coordinator James Franklin have developed a rising star in O’Brien, a five-time winner of the ACC rookie of the week award. In Saturday’s 38-31 win over N.C. State, O’Brien became the first Maryland quarterback to throw for 400 yards in 17 seasons.

O’Brien, No. 3 among division I-A freshmen in quarterback rating (135.20), has completed 179 of 315 passes for 2,257 yards, the sixth-highest total for a freshman in ACC history, with 21 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.

O’Brien received 54 of the 61 votes case in the race for the ACC's top rookie. Friedgen received 29 votes to win coach of the year honors over Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (19 votes).

Maryland saw its passing game come alive this season, as several players became scoring threats. The defense turned opportunistic, creating turnovers and delivering bone-jarring hits, in the second year of coordinator Don Brown’s unorthodox, blitz-happy system. And the punt return game --- with Tony Logan emerging as one of the nation’s most dangerous returners – thrived after Friedgen placed an emphasis on it in the offseason.

This figured to be the most critical and pressurized season of Friedgen’s head coaching career. But the Terrapins achieved an early breakthrough, beating Navy in dramatic fashion on Labor Day. Throughout the season, they never lost to an inferior opponent --- West Virginia, Clemson, Miami and Florida State all are bowl eligible – and never came out emotionally flat as an entire team.

Friedgen exhibited a deft motivational touch with a relatively young team that, he said, entered the season still searching for confidence to win at the division I-A level. Whether it was providing extra post-practice help to young offensive linemen in his office or making a habit to visit players in the locker room after practice, Friedgen displayed a patient hand with players, enabling him to strengthen the bond with them.

By Eric Prisbell  | November 30, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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Comments

"What position are you most concerned about heading into the season?"

My vote was for "other" because it would be for Head Coach.

Posted by: petecard | August 26, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"How many more games will Maryland win this season?"

Is there a reason you didn't offer the choice of ZERO?

What a farce.

Posted by: petecard | October 17, 2010 11:20 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.

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

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, what did anyone expect? Our 4-1 record was quite misleading to some of you. But let's face it... we don't have much of a team and we are unlikely to win more than a couple of games the rest of the way. We need a new coach

Posted by: petecard | October 16, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Barno, I have the intellect to change my assessment as performance changes and time goes by. Rather than pointing out the obvious about Ralph's performance and bore everyone, I will simply point out that the football program ain't going anywhere.

Posted by: petecard | October 19, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:24 PM | 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…The football program is in a bad place and is not going to rise up without a coaching change

Posted by: petecard | October 19, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Navy 35, Terps 10

Posted by: petecard | September 3, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Less than 3 wins. Ralph's last year.

Posted by: petecard | August 31, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Now, Barno, let me remind you that one can think the Terps will not win a game, or any games, and still root for them to win and be happy when they do. I don't think they will win either game…It's just that my rational thought process and my heart are not the same organ.

Posted by: petecard | October 22, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually what I can predict is that Barno will continue to delight us with his manic fanhood by predicting Ralph Friedgen as coach of the year

Posted by: SirPelleas | August 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Barno....Do you have anything intelligent to offer?

How bittersweet it must be to know that the beer money you spend at each game is going into the fund to send Fridge into the hinterlands.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 16, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This barno thing has nothing to offer related to UMD football...he just comes on and rants about other fans ...what a joke he is...clearly not smart enough to recognize a quality football program.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Barno, I will keep my expectations for UMD and its $2M joke of a coach high, thank you very much! I know with the right coach we can be a competitive program
What Fridge has created after 10 years here is a team riddled with poor fundamentals, leading the league in penalties, poor offensive production, lousy tackling etc etc etc...one that is so poor in fact that we have to sched Morgan State, Del, James Madison, Akron etc every year just to struggle to get to the OliveGardenNeverEndingPastaBowl just so you and all the other supporters of mediocrity can claim success.....
GO TERPS...Can the Fridge!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 22, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

this team stinks! even though the record is 4-2...this team is a joke and has been for anumber of years....it is riddled with poor attitude, poor coaching, poor tackling, poor fundamentals, poor scoring, penalties, turnovers etc, etc etc....
Danny Obrien’s breakout game was against Morgan State.....um since then, he managed to lead the offense to what 14 points against Duke and had 3 interceptions and 1 TD against Clemson.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Question for all the Fridge lovers out there: Exactly how many DIV 1 programs would line up to hire this guy as a head coach next year??? ZERO sounds like a reasonable guess

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge...there is no denying that he has been a disaster for UMD football

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

UMD is barely a competitive Div1 program....he has been a DISASTER

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Punting seems to be a perennial bright spot on a fridge coached team...perhaps he can get a job as punt coordinator for PSU or Michigan...definitely more his level.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 22, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

UMD coaching is poor. They are boring to watch and are usually unprepared to play. MD is outplayed by teams with better talent and out-hustled by those with inferior talent...every season, we are stuck with questions at QB, DL, OL and it seems like 2/3 of the people standing on the sidelines are WRs...Navy is favored to win by 7 and will probably pound UMD by more than that...a sad testament to how far UMD has regressed over the last 8 years...Navy 38 UMD 14

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Its really too bad we cant play Morgan State each week...then we would be "Bowl Eligible"

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

And mys dislike for Ralph is not irrational...I dont think he is a good coach and his teams underperform....my guess is that if there was a coach you felt the same way about, you wouldnt like him either....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 30, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

coaching failure....the excuses (youth, inexperience, injuries, crowd noise, lack of execution, cant reach the kids) have worn out....as Merlin said, a COMPLETE transfusion is in order...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

WOW...We have some true Terp fans...LMBO. As for the game, Navy 38 UMD 21. UMD has talent, but very very very poor coaching.
I truly see a 3 win season on the herizon for the Terps (Morgan St, Duke and Florida In).

Posted by: tyat3 | September 3, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Navy wins and Ralph gets fired.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | September 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I admit I am bias and would like to see RF go so I voted for 10 knowing he never would make it. Unless the fans boycott or the alumni association quits backing him I don't see it happening.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | October 20, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Very nice Fridge. With both these honors in the bag it has to bolster our hopes of a non-RFK bowl game.

It reminds me of when Fridge was kicking butt the first year and several people applied the old southern saying to him, "He can take his'n and beat your'n, and he can take your'n and beat his'n." I would only add, "Particularly when has guys who can execute a real passing game."

Posted by: jake177 | November 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Coach! retire now! Does anyone really believe we are going to actually have a winning season this year? I don't think so!

Posted by: ejharrisjr42 | August 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Great for RF; expected for DOB. Great news for the program and for recruiting. Great for the programs pre-season ranking next year.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice work calling these people out Barno. Simple question for Pete and TerpFanMA: Do you still think Fridge should have been fired after last season? You were very vehement at the time and during this current season that he should be fired. Please either state your reasons or admit you were wrong.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Barno, that's quite enough. The endless repetition of your friends' comments have become a bloody great bore. It has the effect of raining on Coach Friedgen's parade, as it were.

Eric, thanks for your well written posts today.

Posted by: AncientTerp | November 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Friedgen has sucked the life from MD's program.

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


Ralph Friedgen is the biggest, excuse-making, overpaid, whining loser. He has failed this program…He should do the school a favor and resign at the end of the year and give back 2M he's been stealing the past 8 years. He is a sham and has no leadership skills. Loser attitude has sucked the life out of the kids...

Posted by: leed1911 | October 16, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Ancient Terp, Trust me this is anything BUT reigning of Fridge's parade. Go and ask him how he feels about these guys--who were never a threat to buy season tickets in the first place--who have been bashing him from their homes in NYC an Massachusetts.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Even if they win 3 more, it's time to show Friedgen the door. For whatever reason, the coach just isn't effective.

Posted by: epdaly | October 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Ralph's a real piece of work...his program has been star-struck and nervous for big games for the past 5 years. This guy is ripping off the state of maryland He's the failure!

Posted by: minhle1 | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

hopefully they will win zero games the rest of the way so fridge gets fired

Posted by: slim4 | October 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Does it really matter which environment is more hostile? The question itself demonstrates the state of our program. What exactly are we hoping for this year? Mediocrity seems to be the goal of most people. Isn't that sad?

Posted by: petecard | October 13, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"What exactly are we hoping for this year?"

I'm hoping that the black cloud of pessimism will stop following you around one day.

I'm hoping that one day you will explain how 4-1 is mediocre.

I'm hoping you can explain how a discussion regarding hostile environments demostrates we have a mediocre program?

I'm hoping you post more regularly. It's much more fun when you're around raining on everyone's parade.

And lastly, I'm hoping we win a championship in football or basketball soon (which we will). I'll throw a big party and invite all the T.I. regulars and you can come too. And we can pretend you were supportive of the team all along and we can all celebrate and have a good time. And you can finally feel like you are a part of something. And you will no longer feel the need to criticize everything or cry yourself to sleep everynight listening to Sinead O'Connor songs. And then we will move on to the next Donnie Downer and try to fix him too.

Because hope is putting faith into something when doubting it would be easier.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 13, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Great post fushezzi

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ralph is a true Terrapin, and deserves gratitude for bringing the program back. But he has obviously hit a plateau, and has not met his stated objective of regular Top 25 appearances and competing for ACC crowns.
He will not, and should not, be back next year

Posted by: SmittyATL | October 18, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge has performed admirably over the years, but it's time to go.

Posted by: caphillterp | October 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The nod has to go to one of the schools playing for the ACC championship.....Ralph? Get serious...just cuz you really sucked last year and finished in 4th place this year doesnt make u COY....get serious!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Lol

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the previous posts, it's time to pull the plug on Ralph after this year..

Posted by: frostanna | September 18, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

So here we are...in the final regular season game of Ralphs 10th year...are we a significantly better team than we were in Vandy's last year? Not so much

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

LOL

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Ralph's a real piece of work...his program has been star-struck and nervous for big games for the past 5 years. This guy is ripping off the state of maryland He's the failure!

Posted by: minhle1 | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Barno1

I don't think my frustration with the coaches is gone but i am happy for the program and congrats to the coach. hoping to be bowling with the team.

Posted by: minhle1 | November 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Coach of the year?

Freigen's recruits and coaches were responsible for last years pos record and you want to make him coach of the year for a medicore record?

Coach out of a job is more in line.

Posted by: DaveLopan | November 29, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Buy out and fire Friegen 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

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Im shocked at the number of Fridge haters, really shocked. There is no question how great of a coach he is. Do you think Ralph would lose to JMU with all the "talent" Virginia Tick has? He can't recruit, but he can coach. In the greatest days of Bobby Ross, they were not much better. Look at where this program was before he got here. Seven out of ten years is not bad, lets not forget they got a bad call against Clemson one year that would have made them bowl eligible. But all the talk about how average we are makes me sick. Who is more average than Virginia Tech. All that hype and who do they beat? I am not saying MD is all that, but we aren't ranked #5 every year and lose to JMU. Even if they beat FSU, big deal. They will then play UConn or WVU, who cares? Go play Ohio State and LSU and Alabama and see where you would be.

Posted by: tony28 | November 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Barno - you are a true idiot. You know nothing about this program and RALPH DID NOT BUILD THIS PROGRAM. Ralph shows zero leadership and should resign due to his inability over 10 YEARS to build ANYTHING around this program.

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

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

ok, i just got that. my bad, maybe not so many haters. Well great job Fridge and hopefully we can get a real athletic director from a real conference and take us to the Big Ten in 2 years. Im sick of ACC Football. We are better than Indiana, Northwestern and some of those other bottom dwellers.

Posted by: tony28 | November 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Im shocked at the number of Fridge haters, really shocked. There is no question how great of a coach he is. Do you think Ralph would lose to JMU with all the "talent" Virginia Tick has?

Posted by: tony28 | November 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Tony28, all of these anti-Fridge comments were made prior to him winning the award for ACC Coach of the Year. Same thing with Gary Williams winning ACC coach of the year this spring.

It's the same idiots every year calling for Gary and Ralph's head, and there is nothing in the world funnier than looking back at these idiotic comments on a day like today.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to both Ralph & Gary for rising to the occasion following trying seasons and despite the short-sighted calls/efforts of certain fans (and ex-ADs) to have them fired. Well done, gentlemen.

Posted by: Nobes | November 30, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Yow was the problem all along.

Posted by: FLvet | November 30, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

We should not have been so cheap as to have not come up with the money to buy out the fat man's contract lat year. This program is in a death spiral and we just won't admit it.

Posted by: Phillip258 | September 5, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

From D1scourse

Gary on Friedgen's coach of the year award:

"It's just nice to see. It's nice he got his eighth win against N.C. State, too."

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is wondering where Petecard and TerpfanMA are, they have been hiding out all morning and afternoon together, brainstorming on how to spin today's news as a negative.

So far, they have come up with "the ACC was so weak that this award doesn't matter" and "the voters who handed these awards to Ralph and Danny must have been subscribers to the Hall of Mediocrity Bliss"

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm fine with keeping the Fridge, but enough of the short screens. Franklin's play calling is boring. And even worse is the defensive coordinator. how many times did NCState have 3rd and 1 and the DBs were 10/15 yards away from the receiver at the line. It was a good thing that NCState was disorganized. In the first half, MD was never ready defensively when State was at the line. Good thing they didn't play a hurry up, because their guys were wide open while the MD players looked at the sideline for the play. Great win and I hope to travel to Orlando, but get rid of the O and D coordinator.

Posted by: kenw1 | November 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen did the job this year and deserves the award, but I can't see how winning it validates anyone's argument for keeping him around after his contract runs out. Even Barno would have to admit that 2010 was a thin year for coaching in the ACC. That said, next year this team should be even better, and if that happens Barno will probably get his wish that Ralphie sticks around as coach for life.

I'd also take issue with Prisbell's characterization that the 2010 Terps didn't lose to an inferior opponent this year. Maybe when the games happened the losses looked OK, but in hindsight Clemson is gasping for air at 6-6, Miami limped in at 7-5 and fired its coach on Sunday, and WVU can't even separate themselves from the Big Least pack. I don't mean to knock our guys for what they didn't accomplish this year, but I can't help but think about what could have been.

Posted by: caphillterp | November 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

caphillterp,

MD was a 14 point underdog in the Clemson game and 10.5 point dog against WVU. Are you seriously arguing that we were supposed to win that game in Death Valley against a hungry and desperate Clemson team and win in Morgantown, one of the toughest places in the nation to play? I respect your opinion but come on dude...what Prisbell stated was a fact: we didn't lose any games we were supposed to win.

Stop complaining.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the best posts ever. Really fun to read all the old quotes. Great job Barno. You really put us in our place. I am so embarrassed. How can I ever show my face on this board again. From now on I'm just going to log on and read what Barno says. I now realize that Koolaid is the right way to go and I will be drinking as much as I can going forward. My next goal is to someday be voted into the Hall of Mediocrity Bliss. Save me a place, Barno!

Posted by: petecard | November 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

kenw1 is a prime example of why I say about Maryland Fans, "They don't care that you won, because they're too furious that you could have lost."

Seriously, boring offense? Who the bleep cares??? That "boring offense" won eight games this year. Do you really want to go back to Duffner's Run and Shoot offense but win only 3-4 games a year????

Posted by: CapsNut | November 30, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Barno1

In otherwords most bloggers have no clue as to what they are talking about regarding sports but think they do because a web blog gives us all a chance to voice our opinions as if we are authorities on every subject. And we always want someone fired. If only we held ourselves to the same standard as we hold people we read about in the WP. We would all be fired.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 30, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the first to suggest, right now, that Ralph should get an extension before the sun sets tomorrow. I think 5 years sounds about right. He has earned it. We are going to a "top tier" bowl this year and next year may bring a NC. I see nothing but sell-outs going forward, so the revenue problem is taken care of right there. If we don't extend his contract very soon there is a good chance we could lose him to Miami or Michigan. Just dot it!

Posted by: petecard | November 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Barno - not complaining at all. The Terps were and deserved to be dogs for those games. I'm just looking back on the subsequent records of those schools and thinking about what could have been. You're the guy who keeps harping on overall record rather than quality of play.

By the way, we could also make the inverse argument about BC. They sucked when we destroyed them at Chestnut Hill but got much better as the year went on.

Posted by: caphillterp | November 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

petecard

It seems that your own post show that you dont know jack about MD football except you dont like the coach and the team. I guess thats why we see your post on a blog and not your face on ESPN. Opinions are like butts, we all have one.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

caphillterp, you just don't get it. Those schools all got better after losing to us because of what they learned from our coaching schemes. And Clemson didn't really get worse. They just had some bad luck. There was no way we should have even competed with them. Our performance in Morgantown was really very good. Sure we got off to a slow start, but that is one tough place to play and our team, after some early problems hearing each other, really came back. We would have won if we had another 5-7 minutes. It wasn't really anybody's fault. So wise up cap!

Posted by: petecard | November 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It seems Petecard has not learned his lesson one single bit, and still thinks he was right that Fridge should have been fired.

Oh well, it was worth a shot.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I would expect to see this level of hatred and vitriol on a board for Michigan or USC fans, but this is Maryland; A basketball, soccer, and lacrosse school, that occasionally has an overachieving football team.

What have you really expected out of Fridge in the last 10 years?

3 National Titles?

Some may blame him for "poor" recruiting, but there's quite a lengthy list of current NFL players who played for Ralph. Off the top of my head:
Kevin Barnes, Dominique Foxworth, EJ Henderson, Erin Henderson, Shawen Merriman, Shaun Hill, James Lynch, Stephon Heyer, Lance Ball, Vernon Davis, Eric Barton, Jeremy Navarre, Issiah Williams, Moise Fokou, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Josh Wilson, Jared Gaither, Adam Podlesh...

Of those maybe 1-2 are from before Ralph came in.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 30, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Friedgen is a BMOC. Literally.

Fear the Girdle!

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | November 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The O'Brien kid gets a lot of the credit in my book. He bought Fridge another 4 years. MD's defense still gets weak at the end of games, but they have had WRs that can play with anyone in this nation go to waste in th past few years with no QB. The guy smith #82 is a stud for the college level. he was there and capable last year too.

Posted by: oknow1 | November 30, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Petecard is the worst. Only a buffoon would say the things you said about Ralph Friedgen and have the nerve to come back and act like you are the smart one and everyone else is blind. Don't you get that? You were wrong about Ralph and look like a total idiot now. What is so difficult about this to understand?

Posted by: grace8Terps | November 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Fyi just listened Ralph Friedgen for about 10 minutes. He has ruled out the Military Bowl folks. Sorry Prisbell, you heard it here first.

Ralph says it's down to Orlando, Charlotte, and El Paso, and we'll known on Sunday.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

If you can't enjoy this day as a terps fan, then you'll never be happy with the team. You should just give it up. Don't let your ego get in the way of appreciating a history-making season (the best turnaround in acc history if they win their bowl) and having the opportunity to witness special performances by DOB and torrey. College football isn't an all-or-nothing sport. Only 1 team can win the NC, should all of the rest be perpetually disgusted with themselves?

TerpsfanMA and petecard deserve every bit of the re-post barrage and should own what they wrote, put their pettiness aside and join in the celebration.

I do think Barno may be a little overzealous in compensating for another embarrasing skins season.

Good times on terps insider!!!

Posted by: JoeMama11 | November 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I have seen the light as my recent posts attest! Onward and upward. Born again.

Posted by: petecard | November 30, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

You can tell Petecard has no idea what to say. He comes off like a buffoon. What are you, 12 years old? Be a man and admit how big of a moron you were to call for Gary Williams and Ralph Friedgen's heads. They both won Coach of the Year! Which means you're an idiot Petecard.

Posted by: grace8Terps | November 30, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Dear Petecard:

Go AWAY you moron!!!!

Sincerely,

Everyone

Posted by: jj94_Terp | November 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Ralph & the Terps. Great job & well-earned accolades. If Danny O stays healthy, he'll be a 1st Round pick in 2-3 yrs (are you watching, Redskins?)

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | November 30, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Show your face on Terrapins Insider? I'm pretty sure that if a message board required showing one's face there would be few comments.

Posted by: garrett4 | November 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said Sunday that the Terps deserve a bid to an "upper-echelon" bowl game befitting a team that tied with two other schools for the third-best record in the Atlantic Coast Conference."

Ummmm..... OK. I'm trying to wrap my brain around that thought. A bowl befitting a tie for third in one of the weakest conferences in the country. Is there a toilet bowl berth available for the Terps?

While I'm happy to see the Terps turn things around from last year's dismal showing, let's not kid ourselves. I have absolutely no doubt that if NC state, Maryland or Miami were in the SEC, they'd be in last place with likely no conference wins to their name.

As for the Terps fine 8-4 record, all I can say is thank God for teams like FIU, Morgan St. and Duke on the schedule.


Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 30, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

hahahahahahaha....I thought Barny was supposed to be fighting racial injustice during the day

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Very glad to hear Fridge believes it is down to Orlando, the Sun Bowl or Charlotte. (ACC #3, 4 and 5) I think this is almost certainly reality and not just campaign spin from Ralph. These bowl organizers HAVE to be able see that Maryland has an excited fan base now, particularly after these major awards today. Momentum counts for a lot in this process and we have it!

Posted by: jake177 | November 30, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"deft motivational touch"

Hah! sounds really funny... sounded funny in the nov 19 piece when prisbell related that players said the same thing about fridge.... somehow can't see any players using that phrase. AWKWARD!

Posted by: JoeMama11 | November 30, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Pete/TerpFan,
We are still awaiting your answer to my question above. How convenient that you have ignored it:

Simple question for Pete and TerpFanMA: Do you still think Fridge should have been fired after last season? You were very vehement at the time and during this current season that he should be fired. Please either state your reasons or admit you were wrong.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: aviscardo | November 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice award to cap off a great regular season for the Terps. I think all the coaches did a great job this year. We finally have a run stopping defense (2nd in the conference during ACC play) and high scoring offense (4th in the conference during ACC play). All the crazy Don Brown schemes translated into lots of turnovers and excitement. Franklin may have called too many WR screens, but he didn't have much choice with a depleted offensive line. I think we'll be able to run the ball much more effectively next season with a healthy and more experienced line.

Hoping for the Champs Bowl.

GO TERPS!

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | November 30, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes Avis....I would have let him go if I had the money....the irony is that a better coach would have generated a 10 or 11 win season with this schedule.....no question about it...there are probably 40 or 50 HCs right now that would have figured out a way to beat WVU, Clemson or Miami with the talent on this team...the first step would have been recognizing DOB and not wasting the first 3 games with Robinson as QB ...We are ranked 91st in the country for offensive production...all other feelings on the fridge have already been posted ....I answered your question..fair enough?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 30, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The way to beat haters is to win games.

Nice going this year, Fridge.

Posted by: Benson | November 30, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Fridge and O'Brien.. After the WVU and Clemson games, you had to wonder where this team was heading..Here's hoping for a good bowl, but I'm still not sold on Franklin... Go Terps !!!!!

Posted by: frostanna | November 30, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

A Day in the Life of Worsto:

1)Wake up
2)Take off Maryland footie pj's and put on UMD warmup suit and hat with the Maryland state flage as a cape.
3)Paint face
4)Go to Terrapin Insider
5)Angrily cut-and-paste
6)Angrily cut-and-paste
7)Fantasize about a naked Ralph feeding him grapes
8)Angrily cut-and-paste
9)Angrily cut-and-paste
10)Talk himself into the fact that ACC football is elite football
11)Angrily cut-and-paste
12)Put footie pj's back on
13)Angrily cut-and-paste
14)Fantasize about a naked Ralph putting him in a Boston Crab.
15)Sleep

Posted by: epdaly | November 30, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Coach Friedgen and Danny O'Brien, and the entire Terrapin team for a great year - so far! Let's win the bowl game, and if possible, win it big! I'm very proud of this team, and would play for Coach Friedgen anytime, anywhere, any team. Coaches coach and he is one of the best Maryland has ever had.

Posted by: bfjam | November 30, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

flag

Posted by: epdaly | November 30, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

EP...THAT is the best post ALL year! Bravo and viva la Fridge

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 30, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

epdaly: you have never made any point about me without resorting to lamely inventing positions I have never taken and then mocked those false positions. I've never said Md was an "elite" program, that's just a figment of your imagination.

epdaly don't blame me just because you can't deal with the simple fact that you called for Fridge to be fired and now he's ACC coach of the year. You look silly now, end of story.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The football future is bright in College Park. Next year will be interesting. Dook rolls off the ACC schedule and GT comes back on (@GT). We play Temple at home and Notre Dame at FedEx late in the season. Only 9 seniors appear in the 2 deep, and the OL will have experience. If Torrey Smith comes back for his redshirt senior season, MD is a Top 20 preseason pick. Even if he doesn't, they'll probably be a top 25 preseason pick.

I don't think Franklin is the next coach at MD. I think Anderson pays him the $1M and let's Ralph decide if he wants to keep him as the OC.

Like Gary a couple of years ago, Ralph had one season to put up or pack up. In both cases, each delivered. Say what you will, but you have to at least acknowledge that both righted the ship. I bet Ralph signs a 4 year extension sometime early next season, but there's probably little chance he serves that out. I wouldn't be surprised to see him ride out when Danny O'Brien finishes his senior season. I think DOB is our version of Phillip Rivers.

The rest of what goes on here is just a pissing contest. At least no one is crossing streams yet.

Facts are fact, though. 8-4 with a chance at another 9 win season. A very young team that has learned to win (and hopefully not regress next year!). The Terps are set up for a good 3 year run.

Next year we'll get to see Prisbell talk about how well MD fans travel!

Posted by: WheelsRI | November 30, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Even if they win 3 more, it's time to show Friedgen the door. For whatever reason, the coach just isn't effective.

Posted by: epdaly | October 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not angrily cutting and pasting this, I'm happily doing it.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

College Park is the geographic armpit of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Q: What talented local high school player wouldn't rather go to Penn State, Virginia, Va Tech or even Pitt or W Va?

A: Every one of them.

That Fridge can change a few minds and recruit anybody to play in the Armpit is a miracle. Congrats Fridge and ignore all the stink in the comments. Comes with the territory, right Armpitters?

Posted by: howjensen | November 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"wouldn't rather"

clown

Posted by: MerlinTerps | November 30, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"wouldn't rather"

go back to your 5th grade homework, clown

Posted by: MerlinTerps | November 30, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

TerpFan:
Thank you for answering my question. I didn't think it was possible for you to confirm your lack of football knowledge any more than you already had. But claiming that the Terps had enough talent this year to win 11 games but were held back by the Fridge... WOW! I think it's time to check into the looney bin with Poopy.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 30, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh here's another nail in my coffin

Hopefully Friedgen will be a distant memory by 2011.

Posted by: epdaly | January 26, 2010 10:28 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

SPEAKING OF POOPY

I guess me and petecard are the only ones who think sub.-500 Fridge may need to move on.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 16, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Ralph should be fired. Every year it's "we're too young", "we have had too many injuries", "we haven't gotten the breaks", etc.

Posted by: epdaly | November 11, 2009 7:44 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Howjensen? How could you be such a loser to post on another team's blog? I'm guessing you're a disgruntled NC State fan who, after the game, was beat up outsid of Bentley's.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 30, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Maryland football schedule released

Maryland has just released its 2010 football schedule.

Sept. 6 Navy (M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore)
Sept. 11 Morgan State
Sept. 18 at West Virginia
Sept. 25 Florida International
Oct. 2 Duke
Oct. 16 at Clemson
Oct. 23 at Boston College
Oct. 30 Wake Forest
Nov. 6 at Miami
Nov. 13 at Virginia
Nov. 20 Florida State
Nov. 27 North Carolina State

It's never too early for predictions, so leave yours in the comments.

By Matt Bonesteel | February 4, 2010; 2:40 PM ET

4-8. Bring on Mike Leach

Posted by: epdaly | February 4, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I predict 7 losses.

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 4, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If they start the new frosh QB....5 wins. If they start Robinson...4 wins.

The Fridge has to go and bring on the Crazy man Mike Leach!!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | February 4, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Funniest post ever by EP. That is one I will put aside for future laughs.

Now as for aciscardo: Yes. Under ideal circumstances (read monetary)and if an AD were in place to do a decent job of hiring the right coach, then we should have moved on. But he wasn't. He certainly earned the right this year to come back next year and finish his contract. He may well earn an extension next year. In my humble opinion he is not the answer to getting our program to where I want it to be. But not everyone want us to get to that level. Just for the record, I really do want us to win the bowl game and I hope we have a great year next year.

Posted by: petecard | November 30, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Sept. 6 Navy (M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore) WIN
Sept. 11 Morgan State WIN
Sept. 18 at West Virginia WIN
Sept. 25 Florida International WIN
Oct. 2 Duke WIN
Oct. 16 at Clemson LOSS
Oct. 23 at Boston College WIN
Oct. 30 Wake Forest WIN
Nov. 6 at Miami LOSS
Nov. 13 at Virginia WIN
Nov. 20 Florida State LOSS
Nov. 27 North Carolina State WIN

9-3

Posted by: aviscardo | February 5, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

wow aviscardo, 9-3 is aggressive. carbombs at bentleys on me if we beat the wolfpack for that 9th win.

i say we shoot for 7-5 but think 6-6 is realistic. If we can win at Clemson or BC would be huge. We will definitely lose to Navy.

Sept. 6 Navy Loss
Sept. 11 Morgan State WIN
Sept. 18 at West Virginia Loss
Sept. 25 Florida International WIN
Oct. 2 Duke WIN
Oct. 16 at Clemson LOSS
Oct. 23 at Boston College Loss
Oct. 30 Wake Forest WIN
Nov. 6 at Miami LOSS
Nov. 13 at Virginia WIN
Nov. 20 Florida State LOSS
Nov. 27 North Carolina State WIN

Posted by: jpfterps | February 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Jfpterps,

You have us beating 4 ACC teams but losing to Navy? Not sure I understand the logic.

-Barno

Posted by: Barno1 | February 5, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

JP,
I'm gonna hold you to those carbombs if we go 9-3.

Posted by: aviscardo | February 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Cut-and-Pasto,
My reasons for thinking it's time for a change:
1. The ACC is just not good and hasn't been in a long time. Better than the Big East but that's it in the Big 6 conferences. 5th out of 6 conferences. How many quality OOC wins has the ACC had over the past 5 years? 3? 4? And don't try to count a game like Vandy-Wake in the discussion. In that time, the Terps only had a shot at the division twice and in both times whiffed when the spotlight was on against the Criminoles. I think if a new, quality coach was at Maryland, they would've won the division at least once or twice. That is my opinion.
2. This year the Terps had one really quality win and that was in the last game. Until the last game, the best win was against Navy. Navy has no players on their roster that the Terps would recruit. A big-6/AQ/BCS conference should always beat a service academy. Navy does an admirable job despite the limitations of the service commitments that all athletes must be willing to complete but it's still a game the Terps should win.
3. Regardless of who won the award, I don't see the Terps playing next weekend in the championship game. Why should I base my opinion on the year on some award rather than what happened on the field? Congrats Ralph, but I think this was a shallow pool as caphillterp pointed out. Look at football vs basketball. Gary won coach of the year as the Terps tied for the regular season championship with the eventual national champion. That is far from the case here. Terps finished tied for 3rd in a weak conference. Better than I expected but not a thump-your-chest year either. Ask one fan of any of the other bigger 4 conferences if they even consider the ACC. It's an afterthought conference in football.

Because of those reasons (I think the ACC is weak, the Terps haven't set the world on fire, winning some award based on incorrect preseason expectations), why wouldn't I want a coaching change? These are all my opinions. I've backed up why I feel that way. I'm not afraid of people disagreeing. That's the point of a blog like this. Since we are dredging up past posts, care to explain this one on the verge of a 4-12 season Mr Call-Everyone-Else-An-Idiot:

Viva Vinny. The guy is one has blossomed into one of the better talent evaluators in the game. Of course, Redskins fans refuse to acknowledge this, but they will be forced by next January.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

When what happens, we make the playoffs? Ha.

Posted by: Daspig | September 22, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

When we win the division and there are home playoff games at Fed Ex 4 months from now.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: epdaly | November 30, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Petecard:

Let's be clear about something. The only way MD can be an elite, perennial Top 15 team is to do the following: Cut 10-12 non-revenue sports leaving 4 or 5 mens sports and remaining womens. MD's hoops and football teams annually turn profits, but those profits subsidize the remaining non-revenue sports. Why do you think Yow bugged out about an empty Byrd stadium last year? Those empty seats probably hurt the golf teams more than the football team.

To be honest, though, I love MD lax and would hate to see those programs take a cut (talk about under-performing, though...yeesh...look at mens' lax).

I'd love to have top 15 football and hoops programs. I think all of us would. It seems to me that the university, at least in the past, made a strategic decision to have an athletic department that looks more like Dook, UNC, BooVa, and Stanford than like Florida, Oklahoma, or USC. Maybe this mission will change with the new AD and president (who ultimately sets that mission).

I thought Mike Leach would have been a perfect fit for MD in the ACC had MD decided to fire Ralph after another bad season. But check out MD's recruiting budget. It's peanuts. Coaching isn't what holds MD back in hoops or in football; recruiting budgets and the like do.

It's a fact that Villanova outspends MD's hoops program by millions. They'd be stupid to move up to D1 status in football. It will destroy their hoops program. Schools have to pick their poison. In college athletic budgets, it's a zero-sum game...or you ask for more public $ and student fees. Again, pick your poison.

It seems to me that you're focusing too much on the details and missing the larger picture.

Posted by: WheelsRI | November 30, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe retaining Friedgen and striving for 7-5 in the weak ACC next year isn't exactly a compelling reason to get on board with this program.

Posted by: epdaly | December 2, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Says the guy living in northern new jersey. You don't live in this area epdaly and you're not a season ticket holder and yet you're on here lecturing people who are about why we should and should not buy our tickets? Seriously? Please go root for some northern nj teams, I hear the Nets have a great future (in Brooklyn).

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point, Barno. Alumni that go to a game or two each year despite living 230 miles away and have 2 kids under 3 years old aren't allowed to have an opinion about why crowds aren't coming to games. I forgot you have to be a face-painter that is tethered to the College Park area to have an opinion. Great retort to my post. The minorities you fight for every day are lucky to have you on their side.

Posted by: epdaly | November 30, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

epdaly,
Excellent point as well. Of course you are entitled to your opinion, even if you have no idea what you're talking about. By all means keep on screaming for Ralph Friedgen to be fired, while the rest of us celebrate he his bowl wins and awards.

Good night.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You know its gotten ugly when Barno's pro-VC posts get re-pasted.

I had written a diatribe that actually asked someone to post some of our pre-season predictions. Kinda a sissy move on my part because I wasn't willing to predict. I KNOW I PREDICTED A WINNING SEASON IN 2009. We had an experienced QB and stud RB and a deep and talented WR pool. We know how that turned out.

Barno (and some KADs) kept the faith and took a veritable TON of abuse from the RMOGs that season. Be fair, for every two digs there were on RF, there was likely at least one directed personally at Barno. (let that sink in for a second).

Many have complained about Barno today, but y'all keep coming back to spar with him. So we ALL MUST BE ENTERTAINED BY THIS (other than Ancient Terp who has stated his case) TO SOME DEGREE. I'll say it: I know for sure I am and its far, far more entertaining because this year Terps are winners.

I've seen some real inventive writing and genuinely insightful insulting going on today from both sides. And its among Terps. Its great. Its JUST LIKE WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL.

Both sides have scored direct hits in a war that no one wins other than interested spectators. As long as you do so happily I'll continue to tune in.

So does anyone know what Big Berend had for lunch?

Regards (and it is a great day to be a Terp) -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 30, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

WheelsRI -

I would assume that the extra $$MM coming from ESPN would more than offset any AD budget issues. I really don't know the numbers but I thought the net impact was an increase of $7M/Yr/School. If the AD budget has been $9-$10M, I have a hard time believing that we need to cut sports. Now Yow did do some inventive stuff on the non-revenue athletics side. And we win at Competitive Cheerleading. So I don't think cutting non-rev sports is a smarter solution than allocating the increase towards FB & BB.

Hopefully the new guy is smart enough to throw the cash at the cash cows.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 30, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

As predicted, Torrey has decided to go pro. Thanks for an amazing 3 years Torrey, best of luck in the pros. I have a feeling you'll be better than DHB.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 1, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

fridges deserves the award... turned to a freshman qb over a senior qb who had many chances to get the job done... took away offensive play calling from franklin (who had been calling plays for the past 3 years)... congrats to fridge!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 1, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

this is priceless.....Fridge goes into 2011 as the 'Coach of the Year', with James Franklin already promised the job in 2012.

so the Twerps will have to pay a penalty to Franklin, or dismiss the 'Coach of the Year'....all while the stands are still only 2/3 full.

Posted by: Durham2 | December 1, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

While I'm happy to see the Terps turn things around from last year's dismal showing, let's not kid ourselves. I have absolutely no doubt that if NC state, Maryland or Miami were in the SEC, they'd be in last place with likely no conference wins to their name.


As for the Terps fine 8-4 record, all I can say is thank God for teams like FIU, Morgan St. and Duke on the schedule.


Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 30, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Really? I think the SEC was pretty weak this season. Tennesse was pretty bad this year, and needed wins over Tennessee-Martin, UAB, and Memphis to gain bowl eligibility. Vandy was near historically bad (2-10) and got blown out by a terrible Wake team at home 34-13. Kentucky needed wins over Western Kentucky, Akron, and Charleston Southern, a bad Louisville team, and Vanderbilt to get bowl eligible. Mississippi and the vaunted "wild Rebel" of Houston Nutt couldn't even get past Jacksonville State and got beat by Vandy and blown out by a mediocre Tennessee team. Georgia needed wins against Louisiana-Lafayette and Idaho State along with a nail biter between the hedges against GaTech to just get bowl eligible, and lost to an aweful Colorado team in Boulder. Let's not forget that Florida got their butts handed to them by FSU, and the best team in the SEC East, South Carolina, had wins over juggernauts Furman and Troy padding their 9-win total.

Put the Terps in the SEC East, and they'd probably be in the same position they are right now (down to the wire to challenge for the division title). In the SEC west, they're probably 4-4 or 3-5 in conference depending on the schedule.

The SEC is the obvious gold standard of college football, but don't just assume that those schools play ridiculous schedules every season, and that teams from other conference could not compete. I would say that the Terps' schedule was pretty equal with what the top SEC teams are scheduling...

Auburn--Arkansas State, Louisianna Monroe, Clemson (at home in OT), Chattanooga, Kentucky, and Mississippi

Alabama--San Jose State, a not-so-great Penn State at home, Duke, Jackson State, Mississippi, and Tennessee

Arkansas--Tennessee Tech, Louisiana Monroe, Texas Tech (only great non-conf opponent on ANY SEC schedule), UTEP, Mississippi, and Vandy

LSU--UNC (barely won despite half of UNC's defense sitting out), WVU (decent, but at home), McNeese State, Louisiana Monroe, Ole Miss, Vandy, and Tenn

Mississippi State--Memphis, Alcorn State (without Steve McNair), Houston (decent), UAB, Mississippi, and Kentucky

Even the "class" of the SEC had 6 easy winnable games this season, which is pretty normal for every BCS team in the country. If you don't think that this Terps team could get 6 or more wins against those schedules, then you just don't know college football.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Nice Russinator, real nice.

Sweet job, Barno1, real sweet.

Posted by: TerpInTime | December 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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