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Posted at 8:02 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Ralph Friedgen, Debbie Yow together again for Maryland-N.C. State

By Eric Prisbell

So Debbie Yow, the former Maryland athletic director who left to take the same job at N.C. State this summer, returns to College Park on Saturday for the Wolfpack’s game against Maryland.

I asked to interview Debbie for a story this week, but she respectfully declined, saying that she didn’t want to be a distraction for the Wolfpack.

Nearly two years after it was announced – with the outlook for the Maryland football program changing a few times during those two years -- I am curious how everyone feels about the coach-in-waiting agreement announced in February 2009 and her role in that agreement. Regardless of who you think should be the coach this season, next season or the season after, was it the right move to name James Franklin the coach in waiting in 2009 and promise him $1 million if he was not named head coach by January 2012?

By Eric Prisbell  | November 24, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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All I can say is that Debbie has a big family! Maybe the entire block of woman coaches as Franklin's family are among the early voters, because right now, 58% have voted yes!

Posted by: petecard | November 24, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I suspect there are no more than 2-3 games over his career that Big Ralph has wanted more than this one.

Look for a shocking blow-out Terps win 45 - 20

Posted by: MerlinTerps | November 24, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Yow could have struck an agreement to pay him the money without designating him HCIW. Now, as it stands, he'll be blocked from involvement in recruiting come next December because NCAA considers him to be a HC.

Posted by: ThunderinRoad | November 24, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Yow could have struck an agreement with Franklin to pay him the money without designating him HCIW. Now, as it stands, he'll be blocked from involvement in recruiting come next December because NCAA considers him to be a HC.

Posted by: ThunderinRoad | November 24, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse


I only wish he wanted to win vs Clemson, WVU, FSU and Miami

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 24, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Larry Johnson Sr. should get a look as well. The guy can recruit MD like crazy and is also a great coach. I don't know what Franklin has done to warrant the job but I'd like to look at other prosepect since I haven't seen much out of Franklin to this point.

Posted by: sjp879 | November 24, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"I only wish he wanted to win vs Clemson, WVU, FSU and Miami"

TerpfanMA somehow manages to keep raising the bar for the most asinine comment ever posted to this site.

You are such an idiot dude.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

There were some epic clashes between the Terps and NC State in the first couple of years in Fridge's era (particularly 2001 and 2003). He came through and won those games, thereby sending us to the Orange and Gator Bowls. Both games were close and decided by last minute scores. I can't count him out of this one.

Posted by: SirPelleas | November 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Good call by Pelleas. NCST aint FSU or Miami in terms of national recognition, but they're pretty good year-to-year. And we beat them when they had Philip Rivers. NCST is playing for a chance at the ACCCG and the Terps for more respect. This actually should be a good game - I expect the Terps to win.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | November 24, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Why would you continue with the same losing system and bad recruiting? Md has won nothing since Fridge starting recruiting his players. I know many good recruites were turned away (and given to VT) because of academnics and morals and I am happy with that. Don't lowere your standards just to win football games.

Posted by: PieGuy1 | November 24, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's make sure Debbie rents one of those white elephant suites she built, this weekend...

Posted by: frostanna | November 24, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What are you saying Barny? That he wanted to win those games? I couldnt tell

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 24, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Rivers had four 4th quarter leads vs the Terps, and went 0-4 in those games. His freshman year he was up by 21 at halftime and we still won, thanks to some second half heroics from Shaun Hill.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Barno1 great stat!! living here in cary nc the nc state fans are still bitter about those losses..We really need to beat them this yr...i will not be able to handle the witch winning our division...
on another pt saw lowe at our club( i pay he gets a free ride) prestonwood cc cary nc. and asked him is he can beat gary this yr...his comment to me was yes!! and it will be in your house...I sent gary a note on this...he chuckled...will you be coming down for the wf or duke game??? some grat taverens in both places..keep the stats coming...rivers is the only reason that state kept that jerk amotta

Posted by: carolina1 | November 25, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

By the way, the aforementioned S. Hill just had a pretty darn good first quarter. Yeah Terp!

See you guys Saturday

Posted by: fushezzi | November 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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