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Posted at 5:37 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Ralph Friedgen to return as Maryland football coach in 2011

By Liz Clarke

Ending speculation about the future of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen, Terrapins Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announced shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday that Friedgen will return to coach the team in 2011.

"Based largely on the improved performance of our team and student-athletes this season, Coach Friedgen will be our head football coach next year," Anderson said in a statement posted on the athletic department website.. "Once this season is complete, Ralph and I will sit down to discuss the current state and future of the program. Right now, the team's focus will be on winning the 2010 ACC Championship and a bowl game, which our coaching staff and student-athletes have put themselves in position to do. We hope our fans, students, and alums will come out and support us in the effort."

A Maryland graduate, Friedgen has led the Terrapins to 7-3 record this season, marking an impressive comeback from last season’s dismal 2-10 record. Heading into Saturday’s game against Florida State, the Terps are tied for second place in the ACC's Atlantic Division with a 4-2 record.

Friedgen had this to say in a statement released by the university: "I'm excited about the direction of our program. We have a great bunch of kids and a tremendous staff. I'm thankful for all the hard work they have put into this season. Right now we're just concentrating on Florida State."

By Liz Clarke  | November 18, 2010; 5:37 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  | Tags:  Maryland football, Ralph Friedgen  
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Comments

Great news. Go Terps!

Posted by: skd2 | November 18, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Congrats big fella.

Posted by: fushezzi | November 18, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Now, Coach this team to a win on Saturday !!!!Go Terps !!!!

Posted by: frostanna | November 18, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Congrats coach! Keep proving your detractors wrong!!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 18, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't Friedgen be back next year?? Of course he's coming back, and dropping this distracting news 48 hours before the biggest game in years is really strange.

Feels like the McNabb signing before the Skins game. Apples and oranges yes, but still.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Barno on the timing of the announcement. It doesn't smell right.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 19, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Be careful what ya ask for !!!

Remember when we had the so called black vs fsu last time

comon man!!! get some new ideas..

the fat man returns only beacause the terps do not have 2 million to waste and they do not know what to do with that offensive genius,franklin

FSU 40 TERPS 17

Posted by: carolina1 | November 19, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Tears of JOY!!!! Another mediocre season and December Bowl awaits....he may get to 7 wins because he will be lobbying for extra cash but after that its another 5 or 6 win season....woooohoooo

Is Towson really on our schedule next year? ( I know, I know..they are really good and made it to the Northern Baltimore league championship game last year)

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 19, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

And DOWN the stretch they come!

DOB, with RF in the saddle, finish strong at 12-1 odds...

Posted by: MerlinTerps | November 19, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Bet that there were multiple facets to this decision. I'm not a RF apologist, but I am OK with it.

O'Brien and team are likely to improve, so 7 wins could easily happen next year. If that puts butts in the seats at Byrd and generates a little more TV revue, avoiding the pay-outs to F&F may have been a financial no-brainer.

Posted by: RITerp | November 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Why do you suspect the timing? I think this was done to provide a little extra morale boost for the game...it may actually have the opposite effect though...now that the heat is off, Fridge may lay one of the biggest turkeys of his coaching career on Sat.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Good news, but releasing it after 5pm on a Thursday certainly felt like a political style news dump. If he's still your coach then say it with pride.

Posted by: M__N | November 19, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

My suspicion is that Anderson would feel pretty dumb making this announcement after a huge loss and looking at the remaining schedule, figured he better get it out there quickly or else......

just like fridge whining for more cash after the WF win.....strike while the iron is hot baby!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Bring on the haters! Not only did Fridge get confirmation on next year, but lots of haters get at least another year of something to waste negative energy on.


Definitely nervous about his game and FSU's D line.

Posted by: garrett4 | November 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Tears of JOY!!!! Another mediocre season and December Bowl awaits....he may get to 7 wins because he will be lobbying for extra cash but after that its another 5 or 6 win season....woooohoooo

Is Towson really on our schedule next year? ( I know, I know..they are really good and made it to the Northern Baltimore league championship game last year)

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 19, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

75% of the bowl games happen in December. With the new tie-ins, the ACC actually only has one bowl game in January, and that's the Orange Bowl. So you're telling everyone here that anything short of an ACC Title is a mediocre season?

Posted by: Russtinator | November 19, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

How dare you use facts and logic.

I really expected this board to be blowing up this morning.

I am glad my autographed Fridge helmet is relevant for one more year.

Posted by: garrett4 | November 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"I'm excited about the direction of our program," Friedgen said in Thursday's release

2004 Losing Season
2005 Winning Season
2006 Losing Season
2007 Losing Season
2008 Winning Season
2009 Losing Season (worst in history)
2010 Winning Season

WTF?????

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 19, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the spin zone. It looks a lot worse when you leave off three of the best seasons in history.

Plus:
2004 was 1 game under 500 (beat top 5 team)
2005 was 1 game under 500
2007 was 1 game under 500 due to bowl loss (beat top 10 teams)
2009 sucked

That is only 1 really bad season.

Posted by: garrett4 | November 19, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

TerpFan MA loves the negative. How bout this stat: 7 bowls in 10 years. Before Fridge came we had one bowl in the previous 18 years. Look at the bright side: At least you'll have something to complain about for at least one more year. Congrats Fridge! Good for the AD. He didn't listen to the same vocal minority that wanted Gary fired two years ago. Terps are gonna be even stronger next year.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 19, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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