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Posted at 8:32 AM ET, 12/21/2010

AD Kevin Anderson not concerned that his reputation may have taken a hit due to decision on Ralph Friedgen

By Steve Yanda

Certainly, arguements could be made in favor of not retaining Ralph Friedgen as Maryland's head football coach. Chief among them would be the fact that fan interest has dwindled dramatically in recent seasons and, consequently, the school's athletic department has struggled to fill seats during home games at Byrd Stadium. Maryland is 43-42 in the past seven seasons.

As the Terrapins now are well aware, empty seats widen the possibility of, say, falling from a three-way tie for third place in the ACC to the eighth spot in the conference's bowl pecking order. The program, it could be argued, is in drastic need of a spark. A big one, in fact.

At the same time, a prospective Friedgen successor could point to the 63-year-old coach's track record at his alma mater -- seven bowl games, one conference title, one Orange Bowl appearance, more wins than all but two football coaches in program history, the fourth-highest winning percentage in program history, two ACC coach of the year awards, no NCAA sanctions, pulling off an 8-4 record one season after going 2-10, etc. -- and wonder: If all that wasn't enough to save Friedgen's job, what is good enough in the eyes of Kevin Anderson, the school's first-year athletic director?

Anderson said Monday -- the day he announced Friedgen's contract would be terminated one year shy of its completion -- that he held no concern over developing such a foreboding image.

"I think that I’ve been in this business long enough and I have a reputation where people know who I am and what I am and what I stand for," Anderson said. "Most people, and I’ve worked with a lot of football coaches, know I’m demanding, but fair. And I think that will speak for itself."

Prior to coming to Maryland, Anderson served as the athletic director at Army from 2004-10. During that time, Anderson fired football coach Stan Brock after Brock led the Black Knights to a 6-18 record in two seasons.

Anderson hired Rich Ellerson to replace Brock, and Ellerson has led Army to an 11-12 record the past two seasons. The Black Knights will face Southern Methodist in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30.

During his time at West Point, Anderson also fired men's basketball coach Jim Crews, who compiled a 60-139 record in seven seasons at Army. That firing, however, had more to do with Crews's alleged improper conduct toward one of his players.

Anderson hired Zach Spiker to replace Crews in the fall of 2009. The Black Knights went 14-15 last year, a mark as good or better than the one they claimed in 22 of the previous 23 seasons. Army is 5-6 thus far this season.

By Steve Yanda  | December 21, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
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I guess we'll just have to live with the fact that we have an AD who is committed to excellence, wants to win conference championshipS (plural) and have a consistently Top 25 Team. I don't know if some of you can handle that. But there are always the Deadskins to fall back on...

Posted by: petecard | December 21, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Is that resume suppose to be impressive? With the standards he is setting, he should fire himself. His press conference was pathetic. He said he fired Ralph because he did not want a lame duck coach. He said if Franklin had stayed he would have kept Ralph. However, when asked, he said Franklin was going to be part of a group of coaches he would interview and was not going to get the job automatically. He just needed to be honest (something I think he finds hard to do) and say once they didn't have to pay Franklin the money they could use that money to buy-out Ralph. He knows who he wants to coach the team and nothing was going to stand in his way. It is pathetic. Next year would have been so exciting with the ACC coach of the year and ACC rookie of the year. It would have generated excitement the way it was. If O'Bryan stays, the AD
will take credit for the excitement surrounding the program without having accomplished it. I hope Ralph takes a job in the ACC and beats Maryland each and every year. It is hard for me to say that since I am a season ticket holder and actually attend all of the games.

Posted by: lucy19 | December 21, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Clearly this whole process is about 1 person and that person is Mike Leech. He would have been the coach after last season had the James Franklin mess not been in place. When Franklin took the Vanderbilt job the picture suddenly came into focus now Maryland can get the coach that they have wanted for over a year and rid of the coach that they wanted rid of for over a year. They had to act quickly in fear that the coach they wanted would be hired elsewhere and the program would have been devasted by a lame duck coach. So bring on Mike Leech a breath of fresh air is needed and I for one welcome this change the University Of Maryland should never lose to Middle Tennessee State or be taken to overtime by James Madison. I cant wait for spring practice.

Posted by: heckinashell | December 21, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"If all that wasn't enough to save Friedgen's job, what is good enough in the eyes of Kevin Anderson, the school's first-year athletic director?"

How about winning against Miami, or not losing to Clemson by over three touchdowns? He clearly wants a consistently good (not consistently mediocre) team that doesn't lose to teams we should beat. I've always liked Friedgen, but he hasn't been able to accomplish this for over five years. If whomever the next coach is can deliver that then great. If we don't have ten and eleven win seasons under the next coach then he should be fired as well.

Posted by: crabcakes | December 21, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Clearly Kevin Anderson does not follow the principles of West Point where he came from. He has clearly missed the character trait of honor that West Point seems to make as its own. Fridgen clearly earned the right to finish his contract by his team's success on the field. It is the coach's responsibilty to get wins (and supervise his players academic and moral progress)and to that extent he succeeded. If Kevin Anderson needs a business decision he should hire marketing personnel to fill his stadium. If the team wins it is the AD's failure when the stadium is not filled. Nobody fires a Coach of the Year recipient. Perhaps they should institute a search committee for a new AD since he has sent out the wrong message to terp nation. Do as I say and not as I do. The wounded soldier jersey's should not be worn in the future by this football team since the AD's office does not follow it. Lets start a grass roots campaign to oust KA as AD. Clearly Loh was a bad choice if he is backing KA in this farce.

Posted by: torope | December 21, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line if they hire Leach MD gets a coaching upgrade. Im not sure why so many terps fans are upset about this. Winning coach of the year in a down ACC year where another team went undefeated in conference play is not that spectacular of an achievement. Fridgen has not been doing a quality job there. I cant even remember the last time MD finished a season ranked. The Fridge has become an offensive guru in the same sense that Brian Billick was.
If you hire Leach then you bring in a coach that provides instant national intrigue and an amazing offensives mind. Just dont get it...

Posted by: Stu27 | December 21, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

torope - did you miss the press conference? Anderson seems to agree with you that RF deserved the right to finish out his contract. Anderson said that Ralph had the chance to coach as a lame-duck in 2011, but initially he didn't want that gig and imparted to Anderson the perils of having a lame-duck coach. They left that meeting last week with the understanding that Ralph was going to retire instead of continuing on - and then Ralph had a "change of heart". I'd imagine he had a discussion with his accountant. News flash - Ralphie is no saint.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 21, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I can see firing a losing coach, but the Fridge has an overall WINNING record.

This year was 8-4, and O'Brien showed nothing but promise for next year. So Anderson is trading him in for a gimmicky coach with a shady past, because of pressure from Under Armour.

This has about as much chance of failing as succeeding, so probably wasn't worth throwing the Fridge, and Anderson's integrity, under the bus.

Posted by: Benson | December 21, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Anderson said that Ralph had the chance to coach as a lame-duck in 2011, but initially he didn't want that gig and imparted to Anderson the perils of having a lame-duck coach. They left that meeting last week with the understanding that Ralph was going to retire instead of continuing on - and then Ralph had a "change of heart". I'd imagine he had a discussion with his accountant. News flash - Ralphie is no saint.

Posted by: caphillterp"

Hmmm....don't you think it's far too easy & convenient that KA turned this entire debacle & PR mess back on Ralph & put responsibility for it squarely in his lap, especially when Ralph wasn't at the press conference & afforded the opportunity to defend himself from KA's remarks? This AD can't spell honor or integrity, much less abide by & demand it of others/himself. As an alumni, football season ticket holder for 20 years & Terrapin Club member, I'm appalled at the AD & President's actions in this fiasco. Appalled enough that I'm not renewing my 2011 tix or TC membership. KA sure seems to be placing higher expectations on Ralph than he's willing to place & accept on himself - his record at Army is pathetic & by his own standards doesn't deserve the job he now has. Tell me something, all you KA supporters, what exactly is in his resume that leads you to believe he knows what it takes to lead MD to a national championship???? Where has he had success in any Div 1 program? His resume is a joke & President Loh is a joke for hiring him. Welcome back to the dark days of mediocrity, a la late 80s/early 90s. And don't be surprised when Gary Williams and Brenda Freese decide they've seen enough & leave on their own before they are "Ralphed".

Posted by: 93terpgrad | December 21, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Leach has NEVER had a losing season as a head coach. Of his ten seasons at TT he finished ranked in half of them, the latter half as opposed to the beginning half like fridge, who only had three ranked teams i believe.

Leach is not a gimmick offense, you did not just hire June Jones or someone like that. He has produced NFL stars like Wes Wleker and Crabtree. Do a little research before you say he will fail. He has yet to fail anywhere. He broke pretty much every school record for the offense when he was the OC on Kentuckys staff. The guy has never had losing seasons like Fridge has.
And he has a law degree and a Pirate Museum in his office. Now do you like him...

Posted by: Stu27 | December 21, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"empty seats widen the possibility of, say, falling from a three-way tie for third place in the ACC to the eighth spot in the conference's bowl pecking order."

This is pure bovine excrement. The Terps sold over 30,000 tickets to the Orange Bowl in 2002 and had over 50,000 at every home game in 2002 yet were passed over for the Gator Bowl in 2003 because "Maryland doesn't travel well."

As long as the ACC allows the bowls to pass over teams and does nothing to prevent an embarassment like the 3rd place team playing in the 8th place bowl, you'll continue to see Maryland get the hose.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 21, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I guess we'll just have to live with the fact that we have an AD who is committed to excellence, wants to win conference championshipS (plural) and have a consistently Top 25 Team. I don't know if some of you can handle that. But there are always the Deadskins to fall back on...

Posted by: petecard | December 21, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Easy tiger. So far the only thing KA is committed to is going back on his word. It's going to take a year or two to determine whether this was a good move or whether we simply have an AD who is in a bit over his head. Unfortunately we won't know the answer for a while.

KA has no even sniffed the Top 25 in any major sport where he has been AD. Season records like 11-12 (football) and 14-15 (basketball) reek of mediocrity.

I'll give you a chance KA, but I hope you know what you are doing.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 21, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Of course Anderson isn't worried about his reputation - he already knew he was scum. However, by revealing his lack of concern about HIS reputation, he also reveals that he thinks he matters more than Maryland. Get lost, scumbag.

Posted by: Terpforlife | December 21, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

All of the support that I keep seeing for the AD is because of Leach. You guys better be right. If he hires a Locksley or a Willingham then we will see if you guys think he is such a smart AD.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | December 21, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you hire a guy whose only experience running a program was perenially losing to Navy and managing intramural level athletic teams. If he doesn't get Leach, change the locks on his doors the same day.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 21, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I truly hope the new coach is on board prior to Jan. 4, 2011, and that he brings the Terps to the Orange Bowl.

That said, before KA and Loh ever do anything sports-related ever again, they need to seriously consider:

1. Walking over to the business school and get a constructive critique on basic management and public relations skills. Call this a teachable moment.

2. Taking Gary Williams, Brenda Freese, Sasho, and all the other national champion-scale coaches separately to very nice lunches where they give them each a very solid warm fuzzy that the sports department loves them and is rock solid on a stable long-term, loyal support for them. And that what just went down with Coach Friedgen was done wrong.

3. Apologizing publicly to Coach Friedgen for how this was handled. Please no more Bobby Ross deja vu!

4. Recognizing that if Debbie Yow had not handed Friedgen and Franklin the ridiculous co-leader arrangement (see item #1 above), which almost never ever works, then the Friedgen record would be even more sterling. The Fridge rose above it this season. And Franklin, to his credit, made a wise and classy choice to go to Vandy. It was time to let Friedgen roll strong for 3-4 more years. How many years did Gary get to win the national championship? They gave him the rope, and he used it.

5. Understand that if Maryland wanted to bring in the coin, it would hire a solid marketing pro to pitch hard to the TV Networks the Obrien-Fridge power-force for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. See item #1 above.

6. Remember to never do something like this again, especially publicly! Especially never before a bowl game. Yeesh.

Posted by: jsandri9104 | December 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

No NCAA Sanctions? Lets not forget that Ralph got MD put on probation in 2003, a factor that, at least in part, led to two consecutive 5-6 seasons. Ralph pretty much dodged all accountability for the xbox incident. I have mixed emotions about seeing Ralph go, but lets not pretend he's a saint.

Posted by: MattyBoh | December 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Why so serious??? RF DID deserve a better exit, I think EVERYONE that is a Terps fan does agree with that. KA did NOT handle this good by any means but lets not get carried away here... Lets look at the last 5yrs: 8-4, 2-10, 8-5, 6-7, 9-4 with NO ranking in the Final Polls, attendance declining, revenue declining, mediocre recruiting classes, even the graduation rate isn't all that high for a school like UMD. RF was a good coach and ran a good program but it wasn't a "great" program. Great programs don't loose recruits to Penn St, USC, Illinois, VTech or even Rutgers! great programs don't loose big games to FSU (twice @ home), Great programs don't loose to Middle Tenn (twice), great programs don't play in the Military Bowl, the Emrald bowl or the Humanitarian bowl! This was not a GREAT program and that's what KA said he wants. RF is a legend at UMD like Boomer, Bias, Lefty, GW, Dixon and yes Vasquez, but his 74-50 record during his tenure just wasn't good enough. Just like any other business when a new boss comes to town ALL employees are on the watch. Especially ones that were holding onto their job with a string like RF was. If this were a normal business RF would of been fired after last year (like they tried). I fear that many of you guys on here crying are conditioned to the other local sports teams mediocrity. That the sub-par performances of the Skinz, Boys, Wiz, Nats & Caps all have permeated into the how your expectations the Terps. Its a good thing the Terps represent more than just the DMV. Because I for one, like your new AD, expect my sports teams to Win Championships! So before you march down RT 1 or Univ. BLVD for KAs head, take a note from DOB's Mother; don't make a rash decision... keep your tickets, keep supporting the school and keep bleeding RED. Am I the only one who is more excited about this years Spring Game? I can't wait for this years Terrapins Rising to Air. See, its already creating more buzz....

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | December 21, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Ho hum. "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on." (old Arabic saying).

Lets get over it, fellow Terps. It's all about the MONEY.

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 21, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Well AD Anderson stood up and is trying to improve football. Naturally as a Terp Fan I hope he is successful. It would be nice to see the team move to the top of the ACC and then challenge some teams in top football conferences.

Hopefully he will take on Gary as well and have the Terps play stronger teams than NJIT in the early season. Maybe we have the talent to win against top competition every year but the team coasts until Jan. playing a group of weak sisters and a few medium level teams (losing to those mid level teams most years) before trying to learn to play basketball starting Jan. 1. Lose a few early Jan games and we are building for next year by Feb. 1.

Posted by: geoski | December 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

reputation? what reputation. He's no AD, he's a first clasas a-hole

Posted by: bestmick1 | December 21, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Your word is your bond. If you state publicly that Ralph will be back next year you need to stand by your word. Apparently
Kevin Anderson's word has no value. What are our future recruits and current players going to take from this. Apparently character does not count with KA. We might as well post our new slogan on a banner that the fans will pass under on the way into Byrd Stadium.

Posted by: torope | December 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, with the Fridge and with O'Brien, UMD would have been in great shape for the next several years.

Instead, Anderson is letting Kevin Plank and the Under Armour Boosters call the shots.

I won't be surprised if it costs them for a couple of years. Next year's record was poised to be better than 8-4 already.

Kind of reminds me of the Redskins, who make big name changes every two years and sacrifice consistency (and integrity).

Posted by: Benson | December 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Geoski -

Really? So playing Pitt, Illinois, Temple and Nova is coasting through an out of conference schedule? Duke this year plays Princeton, Miami (OH), Colgate, Bradley, St. Louis, Elon and UNC Greensboro before ACC play starts.

All basketball programs "coast" until conference play, even the defending champs with their ugly cheerleaders in tow.

Posted by: CYork1 | December 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully he will take on Gary as well and have the Terps play stronger teams than NJIT in the early season. Maybe we have the talent to win against top competition every year but the team coasts until Jan. playing a group of weak sisters and a few medium level teams (losing to those mid level teams most years) before trying to learn to play basketball starting Jan. 1. Lose a few early Jan games and we are building for next year by Feb. 1.

Posted by: geoski | December 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Do you even watch or follow Maryland basketball? Did you know the Terps have already played 3 top 25 teams (Pitt, Illinois, and Temple), and have another ranked non-conference opponent on the scheduled (Villanova)? The Terps' non conference schedule this year has been as solid as any other upper-tier major conference team. They had no control on what teams they played in the opening rounds of the 2KSports tournament (Seattle, CoC, and Maine), and no control on who they played in the ACC/Big10 Challenge (Penn State). That left Gary with just 6 games to schedule, and you have to get some wins in there against mid-level competition to ensure a decent resume for the tournament. You can't just schedule big teams every game, because you're not going to get those teams at home (i.e. revenue), and you're risking wins for a couple of points in the RPI. Very rarely does the team with the #1 SOS make it through that schedule ranked in the top 25 (right now Florida holds the #1 SOS, and is not ranked in the coaches poll, and is just #24 in the AP). Ideally at the end of the season, you want your SOS to be pretty close to your final RPI, which means the coach did the perfect job in scheduling the right level of opponents to match the quality his team. Gary has been able to do that the past few years very well. He also does a great job of finding those mid-major teams that perform well in their conference, helping out Maryland's RPI (Morgan, W&M, CoC, Hampton, etc...). Unfortunately, Maryland is not going to get its usual bump when conference play starts because the ACC is so weak this year, something Gary can't really control.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 21, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

You guys do realize this is Maryland football in the ACC and not the SEC right? It's never ever gonna be a top notch program.

Posted by: FLvet | December 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

FLvet, so VT isn't a top notch program? Or Miami, or FL State?

Posted by: CYork1 | December 21, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Leach will institute that wild offensive scheme with the spread out offensive line.

Posted by: nativedc | December 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Guess is shows the new University President (Loh) is chicken $hit also to have a lowlife bottom-feeder like Anderson in charge.
Anderson has no more class than Mike Shanahan, and that doesn't even register on the scale. Can't wait for my next "Dear Alum" letter from Loh. I will respond, but not in the way he would like.
Maryland has a problem in the Athletic Department management (past and present) that prevents it from excelling. Coaches are NOT the problem.

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 21, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

43-42. To all you whiners and Ralph baggers, Fat, Dumb and Mediocre is no way to go through life, son! Bring on the Pirate.

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I read these comments and wonder why so many fans defend average. Why the are we happy with average. 10 years ago MD and WVA hired a new coach. It turns out Vanderlin (previous coach) was a good recruiter (his reputation), Fridge was a great coach, MD had three great years and kicked WVA A** in the Gator bowl. Instead of moving forward MD recruiting went downhill and the next 7 years were very average. WVA went forward and is now a respected football team year in and year out. Then a average lovers come up with the excuse it is tough to recruit at MD. If so, how does soccer do so well year after year, field hockey, womens basketball with a top 5 recruiting class this year. The data says MD teams can recruit. So the AD looks at an average football program and says we can have a great ACC team, maybe not SEC but at least great in the ACC. He moves when he get a chance and everyone says he didn't do it nice, he should have waited another year. How do you fire someone nice, how do you make a change? We have a great QB prospect for the next three years. The type of person who could kick start a team to great. Do you tell him wait a year, then we will build that great team. If I was Danny I would be at Vandy in 30 second, sit out a year. Take the opportunity be an SEC star for two years. Folks, we are going for great am I am very happy about the move. It may backfire and we do not become great but give it a try with a new set of coaches.

The same in B Ball sure we win the ACC now and then, had a team that made two great NCAA runs but have you noticed how Duke does year in and year out. Maybe Gary will do it again but the odds are in favor of more of the same, weak team that gets better, goes to the NCAA, top 25 ranking, goes out in round 2. Back to weak team. Unfortunately past experience tends to repeat. Everyone gets excited if you say MD can do better, look at a coach that can produce a winner more often. We have to be loyal, he won the NCAA. How about the 20 or so years he did not win, the years he went out in round 2 of the NIT. I hope AD Anderson says to Gary, after this year lets challenge for the ACC lead each year, go to the NCAA and on average win 3 or 4 games. That is your goal. I expect progress towards another NCAA crown the next 5 years.

Let's stop accepting average from our two men's revenue sports.

Posted by: geoski | December 21, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the club, geoski. Now watch as the Koolaid drinkers attack. One thing is for sure, GW needs to pay attention. He's a much better coach the Friedgen, but he is in the same category as recruiter. Talent is what had kept us from being an elite basketball program. Maybe this will light a fire. Oh, no... we are both going to get blasted now!

Posted by: petecard | December 21, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

too many casual fans whining don't have a clue about the program. how long did you expect Ralph to coach? How many good assistants would be interested in working for him? Do you know how much he's been paid the past 7 years? do you know what his record was over that span? Ralph had his contract think the $2M was a gift certificate to Applebees? Some of you don't have a clue about the program's financial issues and what Yow left for Anderson. the school is leaving money at the table with only 10K in season tickets and unleased suites-why? Because most fans have given up on Fridge well before Anderson. so quit your whining, most of you don't know what you're talking about.

Posted by: minhle1 | December 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of venom being spewed at Kevin Anderson. For all those that want to claim Ralph got hosed here though and wanna bash Anderson, lets not selectively forget a few things here. Theres nothing like facts getting in the way of a good argument

1. Yes, Md's 8-4 season was nice, but they still got passed over by the bowl committees. This was the writing on the wall for Kevin Anderson that there was a problem with the program- attendance and fanbase being the #1 thing that drives this. regardless of the facts about how MD travels, perception obviously counted for something, and Anderson heard it loud and clear. The Terps WERE NOT a draw to the bowls

2. Yes, the COY award was nice, but it doesnt happen if he wasnt coming off a 2-10 debacle of a season

3. When was the last time MD finished the season in the TOP 25?

4. This season, as well as the season before last, MD had big games that could have put them into the conf title game- They lost all of these

5. At this time- James Franklin wasnt the answer- Enough with the rubbish that Anderson went back on his word. The Army references about honor keep coming up, so I'll stick with that theme. The situtation on the battlefield changed. James Franklin, a man that Ralph helped tremendoulsy is the one who stabbed him in the back. Had he stayed, and they put-up a 10-2 type season next yr, then yes, obviously he would have been a leading candidate for the HC job, or Ralph could have lobbied for an extension, and James could have moved on with class. Franklin was too eager for a HC position of his own-he screwed Ralph more than Kevin Anderson

6. Ralph provided the kindling for this fire when he allowed his lawyer to go public requesting an extension. this, no doubt, contributed greatly to Franklins exodus.

With that said, I'm not trying to deny that Ralph was great for MD football, and made the program relevant again.

Posted by: asnis715 | December 21, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

that should read 18K in season tickets this past year.

Posted by: minhle1 | December 21, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

geoski/petecard - preach on. We should demand and receive excellence in both of these programs. I have a slightly more positive attitude towards Gary than you guys do because 1) I continue to believe that his recruiting was shackled for years by Yow and her non-revenue cronies 2) I think he got the message on recruiting, which is why Bino is here now and 3) even reaching the NCAA tournament is much tougher than reaching a bowl game (64 - now 68 - slots out of 300+ teams vs 72 slots out of 109 teams), and with only a couple of hiccups he's brought us there on a consistent basis. Last year's tourney loss was a killer.

Keep your heads down, though. The rest of the "good enough" brigade will be attacking shortly...

Posted by: caphillterp | December 21, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

asnis715-don't even bother. A lot of posters here clearly don't know the situation. how do these posters go on and on about Ralph this or that and not say one world about poor attendance, empty suites, what his record was in 2009, or what his record was from 2004-2010. For $15M over that period, Ralph has produced a .500 record, and a berth to the Humanitarian, Champs, Emerald and military bowls. We also have $60M in vested in a stadium expansion. you don't sit there and whine about what Ralph should have gotten without discussing ALL of the factors. Ralph never took accountability and that has angered the boosters...he blamed losses on players and the weather...and that's why no one shows up for games anymore.

Posted by: minhle1 | December 21, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess we'll just have to live with the fact that we have an AD who is committed to excellence, wants to win conference championshipS (plural) and have a consistently Top 25 Team. I don't know if some of you can handle that. But there are always the Deadskins to fall back on...

Posted by: petecard | December 21, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

You just have to sit back and laugh at the comlete 180 petecard has done on Kevin Anderson. It wasn't very long ago that he was talking about how concerned he was with the hiring of Kevin Anderson. Questioning his track record. Agreeing that race may have played a role in his hire. "I am very concerned" was what he wrote here the day Anderson was hired.

Then Anderson fires Friedgen, a man Petecard used to claim he was "a really big supporter" of. Putting 2 and 2 together, one would think Petecard would hate that this newcomer he didn't like to begin with fired a man he supported so much.

But a funny thing happened on the way to that rational conclusion. Petecard saw that the majority of Terp fans were furious with Kevin Anderson. So Pete had to come up with an angle that would put him in the vast minority, regardless of how contradictory that angle was to his past statements. So now he positions himself as Kevin Anderson's number one superfan, even if he doesn't really like the guy.

It's sad that some people don't even believe half the things they say.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 21, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Fargo, you can twist it any way you want to. My concerns about Anderson coming in were centered on the fact that he had never run or really been a part of a big- time program. I had no problems with you raising the race question regarding preferential targeting, but there were no shots taken by me. Suggesting that the questions should be asked by the reporter were reasonable. But what I have seen now and witnessed in the press conference is that this is a guy committed to excellence, competing at the highest level and winning. That is what I have always wanted and you know it. It drives guys like you crazy that are content (or at least accepting) of mediocre performance. That is what separates us Fargo and I am on the side of this issue that will truly have the right to celebrate when our programs move up.

Posted by: petecard | December 21, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Well guys glad to hear there is support for excellence. Help me remember, I was a student so it was the late 60's MD vs Navy (this game ended the series until this year) Navy was a top 5 team maybe Number 1. Roger S was QB at Navy I think. A MD linebacker was kicking Navy all over the field, turned and flipped the bird to the Corp and MD won the game, I think. Who can remember what happened? That filled the stadium and made the national news. We need to return to those days. Wins against top five teams but as a starter I will settle for the ACC championship game.

Posted by: geoski | December 21, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

You're right Petecard, I am content with going to the Orange Bowl, and I think Friedgen would have had us in the ACC title game next year with a 50/50 shot at the BCS New Years in South Beach Bowl. Course if that happens now with Leach or any other coach, I can't wait to say over and over again that Leach did it with Friedgen's players. In fact, every win Leach or any coach here gets for the next 4 years I'll be saying that...since you and the Fridge haters used that nonsense line about Vanderlinden's players against him his first several years.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 21, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really impressed with his teams at Army.KA resume' forgot to include "enforcer" because he is going to shake down Md. sports teams to include making the bottom line as "in the black",I bet.

Posted by: worcsterguy | December 21, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

What reputation? I never heard of Anderson until UM hired him. And Army football is no preparation for the BCS conferences. THe guy is clearly in over his head.

Posted by: terpalleycat | December 21, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Notice that KA never answered the question: If all that RF accomplished wasn't good enough, then what is? Looking at his record at firing people, all that tells me is that he's Dan Snyder at the D-1 level. He should have waited until after the bowl game to do this and did it privately, instead of making this a huge fustercluck. This is not just about his silly reputation, but the university's reputation as well.

This guy is a snake-- he smile and shake your hand and then stab you in the back with the other one. Mike Leach, if you're reading this, take note. If you thought the administration at Texas Tech gave you a raw deal, imagine what it'll be like with this piece of work...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 22, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, I think one of the problems some Maryland fans have with Anderson (and Loh) is that neither have an ACC background, which at least Debbie Yow had. In other words, okay, football is important, but in ACC culture it's a mere appetizer to basketball, which is what's really important. (Of course, they don't believe that in Blacksburg, Clemson or Tallahassee, which to most ACC people makes them oddballs.)

Anderson and Loh are trying to change that mindset; like most people involved with college athletics, they know football is the engine that drives college sports financially, and I sense many Maryland fans either don't like that fact or don't want to admit it's the truth.

Again, I hate seeing what's happened with Friedgen, a good man, but at the same time it had to be done given his age and the relative lack of fan support in College Park. Hiring Leach is a bit of a gamble, to be sure -- can he recruit in the east the way he did in Texas? -- but I like that he graduates his players. (Then again, Tommy Bowden did likewise at Clemson, and it didn't save his job.) I will give Leach the benefit of the doubt. If you're going to play BCS-level football, you might as well approach it in a big-time manner.

Posted by: VPaterno | December 22, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Here is the holiday card just sent from Maryland's Athletics Department (note the pixilated face in the middle of the photo and the large graphic posted over the picture at the end of the video to make the pixillation less apparent):

Posted by: kgrub | December 22, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

What Kevin Anderson got right:

"They won't have to fire me. I'll quit!"
Ralph Friedgen
November 18, 2004
Virginia Tech 55, Maryland 6

Kevin Anderson knew that Ralph was never going to beat Virginia Tech, and he was never going to quit.

Posted by: RITerp | December 22, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

What Kevin Anderson screwed up:

Anderson and Friedgen had beet talking since Wednesday. Speculation about Franklin's future was rampant. How any AD could go into a telephone news conference on Friday without a prepared statement in response to questions regarding with Friedgen, Franklin and the future of the program is mind boggling.

His lack of foresight and preparedness resulted in inadvertently dropping a bombshell that damaged his reputation, but, more importantly, unnecessarily damaged the University's reputation as well.

Posted by: RITerp | December 22, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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