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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Retirement discussions went nowhere; Ralph Friedgen to be fired after bowl game

By Steve Yanda

Updated 12:09 p.m.

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen will be fired following the Dec. 29 Military Bowl after retirement discussions between the 63-year-old coach's representative and university officials went nowhere, according to a source close to Friedgen.

Friedgen's contract will be terminated effective Jan. 1. Maryland is in the process of forming a search committee to find Friedgen's successor, according to a university source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was only briefly involved in the buyout discussions, the source close to Friedgen said. Anderson handed off talks to university legal counsel Susan Bayly after a discussion with Friedgen's attorney did not go well, according to the source.

Because he would not agreed to retire, the remainder of Friedgen's contract -- worth roughly $2 million -- will be paid in full.

According to the source, discussions between Friedgen's representative and the school focused more on a desire by the school for Friedgen to step down. However, Friedgen was unwilling to do so, given that he maintains a desire to coach, the source said.

Maryland offered many things in an attempt to entice Friedgen to retire, such as putting his name up on the Ring of Honor at Byrd Stadium, the source said, but such offers were insufficient.

Buyout talks ended for good around 10 a.m. Monday morning after Bayly asked one final time whether Friedgen had changed his mind. The answer: No.

Anderson has called a press conference for 3 p.m. today, at which point he'll discuss where the Maryland football program goes from here.

By Steve Yanda  | December 20, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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Comments

In comes Mike Locksley or Mike Leach or both?

Posted by: terpmail | December 20, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Good for Coach Ralph. He was told his contract would be honored. Why should he retire? Ring of Honor?! Please.

Posted by: skd2 | December 20, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Unless the buyout was for the full amount of the contract, I would have told them to pound sand too.

Posted by: timchadwick | December 20, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

First game next year will already be a sell-out once Leach is announced! This FACT alone makes the move a sound one, for the program and for the bottom line. Gotta adhere to both nowadays.An additional attendance of 10,000 per game pays for Ralphs departure and puts money in the bank. For all you business majors out there, this is somewaht important. Go Terps!!

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if this could have been handled better, but sure couldn't have been handled worse. Trying to buy off Friedgen's 10 years of all-consuming dedication with the Ring of Honor? Unfortunately, in College Park today, the word honor has a hollow ring. Ralph, take every cent you're owed; we've already established it's all about money.

Posted by: cscherf1 | December 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Here's how the "buyout" talks should have gone:
Ralph, thanks for all the great things you've done for the program, like bringing it back to respectability and winning the ACC and going to bowl games. But, we've decided to go in a new direction, so we'd like to make this transition smooth. We'll pay you the $2M, ask that you share you insights on recruiting and ACC competition with the new guy, and represent MD at some media events.
Here's how it probably went:
Ralph, I can't justify paying two coaches in the same year, so why don't you enjoy a year of eating as much as you want with no stress or obligations, and we'll pay you about 500K and put your name on the Ring of Honor".
Maybe not - but what kind of discussion is it if you owe the guy $2M. And if guys who go 8-4 and are deserted by the fickle fan base get fired, heck we all should worry.

Posted by: humbleandfree | December 20, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Winning ACC Coach of the Year honors nowadays is like winning the NFC west with a 7-9 record.

It means you haven't won anything. And you aren't going anywhere.

Thanks, Ralph, for the first three years - with Vanderlinden's guys.

Enjoy your taxpayer-funded retirement.

Posted by: mjapr | December 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

After promising publicly Ralph would be back in 2011, what credibility does Anderson have in any future public statements? I think the O'Jays had it right:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVC2j_Kdw8c

Posted by: BaseballFan | December 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Anderson is making a HUGH MISTAKE.You don't treat good people like garbage.
Good for the Fridge for hanging tough. Bad Karma all around. You think attendence is bad now? - just wait till next year under Leach. BTW wasn't Leach FIRED from Texas? I guess if you have a friend on the Board at MD you can get away with anything.

Posted by: MICA77 | December 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't know of many Northern teams that run the spread. This may not be as great as some think.

Looking forward to the food at the Armory.

The kids got shafted!

Posted by: hfterp | December 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

So now Ralph is going to prevent Leach from recruiting until after Dec 29 by refusing to accept the buyout? Or can they name a successor today?

Posted by: ams1986 | December 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

From what we have read this is why Maryland does not get the top notch players. It seems they treat folks like dirt.

the man was told they would honor the final year. They did not - perspective recruits take notice of this. the university lies. Maybe that is why the coach to be left town.

Honoring the contracts of the assistant coaches - trying to keep what recruits they have. Look for anyone good on the team to leave.

Posted by: mrcox54 | December 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

This new AD and Mr. Under Armour know full well the future of MD fball is bright thanks to the foundation that Fridge built.

What they don't seem to appreciate at all is that we are not a Mike Leach or a Nick Saban or a Vince Lombardi away from taking this program to the "next level" as they say. The AD and Mr. UA need to realize that no college football team in a huge metropolitan area is capable of this "next level". Can you think of one? THIS IS NOT A COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOWN AND THEREFORE WILL NEVER ATTRACT ENOUGH SUPERSTAR RECRUITS WHO WANT TO BE THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN like Norman, Tuscaloosa, Gainsville, Blacksburg, Columbus, etc.

BTW, just a little side note AD and Mr. UA. Look for Ralph to take his brilliant mind to VaTech to be OC, seriously. Oh, and look for him to take ACC ROY Danny O'Brien with him -- who apparently wants nothing to do with Mike Leach's gimmicky spread offense.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I can't blame Ralph for wanting to stay. He knows what he has in next year's team (and likely the year after). What I'd love to hear about after the dust has settled is whether or not Ralph had a plan to fill the vacated assistant position. I wonder if he tried to even sell himself and his vision.

I wonder if Anderson will simply say Ralph has been fired or if he'll say that he also come to an agreement with Leach.

For me, this is all about Leach. If Anderson doesn't close the deal with Leach, he should be fired on the spot. Locksley isn't coming to CP. UNM can't afford to fire him, so why would we want to take their problem and make it ours? We're lucky Vanderbilt took away our financial problem. Let's not throw good money on bad.

Leach's camp has been eerily quiet. No one is batting down any rumors, which leads me to believe there is fire behind the smoke.

No doubt Anderson hasn't handled the PR even close to adequately. I'm willing to live with it if he lands Leach. Leach is the real deal. HGR is spot on...Anderson walks a fine line from here on out.

Sad to see Ralph go out this way, but I am very excited about Leach. He will take us back to where Ralph once took us. Many of us wanted big time...Anderson made a big time move. High risk, high reward. Ballsy. Now deliver.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well another no class move by people who are supposed to be examples for the students at Maryland.
"What a world we live in" when money and political influence trumps a man's word and doing the right thing.
So, Underarmor is running the sports department at Maryland now! Money, money,money.
And look at the guy they want to bring in! another fine example for students. Who will he stick in the closet at Maryland? He better not try that stunt on some big lineman.
Very disappointed in Maryland, just a no class move; I hope Ralph takes them to the "cleaners".

Posted by: wtress233 | December 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just wow...

Could this have been handled any worse?

I'm glad to see Fridge sticking to his guns and the next 10-12 days should be very interesting to say the least.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with any dignity in his position would not take a buy-out in his position. He was just named ACC COY and coming off one of his best seasons. Simply put he's a victim of his own success, "you did good, but we can do better." The grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Well another no class move by people who are supposed to be examples for the students at Maryland.
"What a world we live in" when money and political influence trumps a man's word and doing the right thing.
So, Underarmor is running the sports department at Maryland now! Money, money,money.
And look at the guy they want to bring in! another fine example for students. Who will he stick in the closet at Maryland? He better not try that stunt on some big lineman.
Very disappointed in Maryland, just a no class move; I hope Ralph takes them to the "cleaners".

Posted by: wtress233 | December 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Ralphs name is already on the the stadium for his COY awards...

humbleandfree is 100% correct, who doesn't think Ralph could help whomever KA & Plank decide to hire with a transition?

Posted by: terp51 | December 20, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Winning ACC Coach of the Year honors nowadays is like winning the NFC west with a 7-9 record.

It means you haven't won anything. And you aren't going anywhere.

Thanks, Ralph, for the first three years - with Vanderlinden's guys.

Enjoy your taxpayer-funded retirement.

Posted by: mjapr | December 20, 2010 12:09 PM"
-->Umm how many people went 8-4 between Bobby Ross and Fridge... none. Best record was 6-5-1. Fridge went to 7 bowls in 10 seasons, which is excellent by MD standards. MD football wasn't even on the map before we got here and we were in the cellar of a weak ACC with Duke. The biggest turnaround in all of college football(Miami plays in the MAC) and this is what is what Fridge gets.

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Look online for alumni comments and see where Md will be losing more money than football can EVER generate. Alumni are pissed and we give the $$ that makes the university run and build buildings, academic scholarships, etc., not the football program. Anderson is an idiot and I,along with many alumni, will not give one dime if Ralph is fired.

Posted by: terpalumnus | December 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I think that UMD fans have confused competing for bowls on a consistent basis with competing for BCS bowls on a consistent basis. That amount of delusion happens at a lot of schools, but this case is certainly interesting.

So, hey – let’s bring in Mike Leach. No doubt, he will score a lot of points and bring a lot of national intrigue to the program. HOWEVER, the guy has never recruited the East Coast, he has always had trouble getting solid defensive recruits and most importantly, on his first infraction at Texas Tech they booted him out the door without any defense from the boosters or players. They were happy to get rid of their most successful coach.

The biggest problem is going to be recruiting because he was great at getting three star recruits in Texas and making them into productive players on the field…that game is much different up here. The talent pool is not as deep and it’s going to take him a while for high school coaches to trust him. Also, 28 players in the NFL for UMD versus 12 for Texas Tech. That speaks to Leach's coaching capability, but those numbers translate heavily into recruiting outcomes...Friedgen has a huge edge there.

What Freidgen brought was relevancy to a dormant program. He is well respected in the college coaching fraternity and he was a consistent winner. He made it to bowls and every few years made a run at an ACC Championship…that is probably the ceiling for MD football. If you are looking to push that ceiling up, Leach is probably not that guy because it takes long term investment and a head coach who puts in that grunt work.

Take a look at your neighbors and rivals down south for a point of comparison…UVA. In the 1980′s and 1990′s George Welsh was a consistent winner who got into bowls and occasionally knocked on the top ten door. He did step down on his own, but the fan base was excited to make that happen and bring in Al Groh who made an immediate impact and brought in some five-star recruits. However, UVA is not a national program that consistently drives interest and commitment from five stars. As time went by, Groh lost sight of the backyard three stars AND lost interest from the national blue chips. As a result, by 2008, fans were reminiscing about the unflashy 8 win seasons.

I have nothing against UMD, but don’t delude yourselves into thinking that this is a top 20 program and that 8-4 isn’t sufficient. UMD is a good school, has access to solid recruiting up and down the eastern seaboard, and has solid alumni support to afford good facilities, etc. However, it’s a hard place to recruit, has not been nationally relevant since the mid-80′s and has attendance issues, which should not be an issue with a huge undergrad population and a huge local alumni base.

A guy who gets you to seven bowls in a decade and goes to two BCS bowls is not a guy you want to push out because the road to irrelevancy for UMD is a much shorter path than to the Top 20.

Posted by: E2DAV | December 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

FRIDGE FIELD!!!!

Posted by: vmrg1974 | December 20, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly what is wrong with professional sports; and college sports are professional, no matter what the NCAA says. You sign a contract for ten years or two years and both partiesshould abide by the contract. WHere did the U of Md learn their business sense; from the Redskins???

Posted by: nosuchluck | December 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

In an official press release from the school, a month ago..

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Thursday that Ralph Friedgen will be the Terps head football coach 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. "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." [...]

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/111810aaa.html

Anyone else think Anderson has lost credibility?

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Has Maryland suddenly become a private university? No. Then why does a board member have such free reign over the athletic program? Do we have any say about how money is spent there? Well partly we do. I won't be supporting the football program anymore, and if they have all this money laying around to pay off coaches and hire expensive new ones, then they don't need my annual alumni support either. Ralph Friedgen deserves better treatment. And they're wanting to replace a principled man (who goes to Mass for gosh sakes) with a coach who has sued his old university and apparently doesn't handle injuries well, and also is suing ESPN apparently? Well, that is after the 'search committee' finishes their work of course. What the heck is going on there at College Park? Well I can complain to the university, and to O'Malley to see if they can cut UMD budget by the money they are paying out to Ralph, and what larger amount they may be paying to Coach Controversy. I do not believe the fans will show up either. The problem is deep rooted and had nothing to do with Ralph. Like McNabb, Coach Friedgen is a convenient scapegoat. - class of '82 alumn.

Posted by: bfjam | December 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Are we turning into the Deadskins?! Drama Drama Drama! ACC COY and one win away from the best turnaround in Division 1 Football history season to season and what does Ralph get? The shaft! And 9 days before the bowl game! I was going to go to that game - not now though! He only has one more year on his contract - couldn't our new AD wait? Debbie Yow - I miss you already! I agree with all those previous comments about setting examples and keeping your word - who would ever want to play at UMD now. Sigh.

Class of '85 (The last time we had a decent football team).

Posted by: cpusss | December 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Fridge was a lame duck coach, I feel sorry from him but the AD did not want him and you can't recruit with a lame duck coach. If James Franklin stayed then we would not be going crazy over this decision. I hope Mike Leach comes and Don Brown stays to coach the D.

Posted by: Bigmon411 | December 20, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"So now Ralph is going to prevent Leach from recruiting until after Dec 29 by refusing to accept the buyout? Or can they name a successor today?

Posted by: ams1986 | December 20, 2010 12:12 PM"
-->Why should Ralph "gracefully" step down. Nobody in his position should be "forced" out the door. Imagine you win employee of the year, but your employer tells you, "We want to move in another direction"… would you go down without a fight?

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Ralph shouldn't have to "negotiate" to have his name in the Ring of Honor (a word that no longer means much in CP), his name deserves to be there...he's earned it with 2 COY awards & the Bowl wins. Why shouldn't he get what he's due under his brand-new contract? No way I'd resign, if I was him. Anderson has behaved dishorably, not big Ralph.
If they lose O'Brien over the coaching change, Anderson should resign (or get canned). This guy will be a 1st Rnd NFL pick & could take UMD to Bowl games for the next 2-3 years, if he stays. Hope he does!

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 20, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Now let me get this straight...Ralph can go away 2 million short and get his name on the ring of fame (should be there anyway, who makes those decisions) or take 2 million and get fired. I'm going with YOUR FIRED!!!!

Posted by: mgoose806 | December 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey whiners,

When Coach Leach goes 10-2 next year, send me a box of those tissues. Wha Wha.

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I can see why people might be mad at how things have gone down, but the situation is what it is:

1) Franklin will take some assistants who get promotions.
2) Fridge wants a contract extension past 2011.
3) Who knows how long the Fridge can coach at his weight/age?
4) It would be very hard to get assistant coaches without extending the Fridge. People want job security.
5) Without a long term staff, MD is not good enough of a football program to overcome that issue in recruiting.

I appreciate what the Fridge has done, but with the above list of issues and a need to move forward in the football program - as things before this year haven't been great, it took 8 plus years to have an above average QB at MD again...it is time to move on.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Dan Mote would never have allowed this to happen because he understood the impact of athletics on the university's reputation. The new guy obviously has no clue and is letting the AD run wild. The Fridge was an honorable man, who treated his players with respect.
Sooner or later, Leach will disgrace the university. Just visit You Tube for videos of some of his news conferences and ask yourself if you want to be associated with this guy, regardless of how many games he wins.

Posted by: terpalleycat | December 20, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

First game next year will already be a sell-out once Leach is announced! This FACT alone makes the move a sound one, for the program and for the bottom line. Gotta adhere to both nowadays.An additional attendance of 10,000 per game pays for Ralphs departure and puts money in the bank. For all you business majors out there, this is somewaht important. Go Terps!!

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

There would have been sellouts next year with Friedgen buddy. The years following successful seasons under Fridge we always had sellouts. 20 of the top 25 crowds in Byrd stadium history came on his watch.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

An interesting message being sent by the Terps here - "let's get dirty and start cheating!" Heck, everyone else that wins in college football does it with shady firings, deals and recruiting. Sad - but I think this is the direction they've chosen as the way to fill seats.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It is sad, but that is the reality of college football and athletic departments. Big state funded schools are facing budget cuts and, now more than ever, athletic departments have to be money makers. And at any big school, football is the big revenue sport. 8-4 is a solid record but this is not about wins and losses. It is about not being able to 75% fill a newly enhanced stadium right in the middle of campus. It is about season ticket revenue being down every year. Frankly it is about there being no buzz about the program although it had a winning season. I got a graduate degree from Michigan. Whether Michigan wins 3 games or 10 games, there are over 100,000 people in that stadium every home Saturday. They all buy hot dogs and drink cokes...they stop by the gear shop...most pay to park. That's revenue!

I do not like the clumsiness of how it went down, but Anderson had to make this move. The program had the 2nd biggest turnaround in the country, yet was no buzz. The fans did not come, the bowl games dissed us,and other teams that won fewer games got more press. Leach will sell tickets, get Maryland on national TV and create national buzz. A sad decision, but perfectly understandable in today's college football scene.

Posted by: michaeliceman | December 20, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Ralph, for the first three years - with Vanderlinden's guys.

Enjoy your taxpayer-funded retirement.

Posted by: mjapr | December 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, another dimwit strikes again.

People, if you have ever uttered the phrase "Fridge won with Vanderlinden's players" you might as well just come out and say this: I don't follow the Terps.

The fact is Fridge won in 2001, 2002, 2003 with these guys...a bunch of all acc studs...NONE of whom were signed by Vanderlinden and nearly all made it to the NFL:

Scott McBrien
Josh Allen
Dominique Foxworth
Shawn Merriman
D'Qwell Jackson
Randy Starks
Adam Podlesh
Vernon Davis
Stephen Heyer
Andrew Crummey
Joe Condo
David Holloway
Rich Parson
Josh Wilson
Conrad Bolston
Madieu Williams
Derrick Miller
Wesley Jefferson
Dre Moore

Even Shaun Hill wasn't 'recruited' by Vanderlinden, he transferred here and was an afterthought until Vanderlinden realized how good he was. So please stop using this idiotic line about Fridge winning with other people's players. It's complete and utter nonsense.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Why would the Fridge let UMD off the hook for $2 million, particularly after the way this was handled?

Fridge built this program, and deserved better than this.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

College football is full of hypocrisy. Between the way they treat their so called student athletes and their coaches, I think its time to just call a spade a spade and call them professional franchises and dump the NCAA.

Its moved so far away from what it once was that it can never go back. We all know its about money, tickets, concessions, endorsements etc.

Pay your athletes and coaches and let them play under the banners and corporate logos of the universities.

No problem... While I really feel like this situation was inevitable given the coach in waiting scenario, I really felt like Kevin Anderson was trying to make the best of a bad situation. Not so sure any more.

There is no honor in using the ring of honor as a bargaining chip. That is shameful. I want to see Ralph's name up there because he deserves it not as a result of a concession.

If it doesn't get up there, shame on the University of Maryland.

Posted by: muddapucker | December 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I think its great we are treating a money business like a business. Ralph has been great, but he can't put butts in seats. Ralph is making his financial moves the way he has to. He won't care when he moves on to VA Tech. I hope they can pay him off, and let him leave on great terms. Like any other major company, people change and leadership needs new vision sometimes. Move on. Please be Mike Leach!

Posted by: cloydaldo | December 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Fire Kevin Anderson!

(or, if your name is Little Danny, this should say ....

HIRE KEVIN ANDERSON!)

Posted by: bs2004 | December 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Enjoy your taxpayer-funded retirement.

Posted by: mjapr

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I guess if UMD cared about money, they would have let Ralph finish out his contract.

Instead, they're letting the boosters like Under Armour make their decisions.

I guess if you're going to sell out, sell out big...

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This is how you treat the man who saved Maryland football? An alumnus who could have coached Georgia Tech or Tampa Bay, but stayed here instead? Today I'm ashamed to be an alumnnus. Good luck Ralph. You didn't deserve this.

Posted by: CryoGen | December 20, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't accept any package if I was Fridge from this, still, tank university.

Posted by: jwing14 | December 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This is how you treat the man who saved Maryland football? An alumnus who could have coached Georgia Tech or Tampa Bay, but stayed here instead? Today I'm ashamed to be an alumnus. Good luck Ralph. You didn't deserve this.

Posted by: CryoGen | December 20, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It's always been, and will remain, a tank university in an awful part of town.

Posted by: jwing14 | December 20, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ring of Honor? Mike Leach? Not sure which makes me roll my eyes more.

Posted by: charlie59 | December 20, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Why should the Fridge compromise so that the University can save face? If Anderson wants his own man, that is his right, but it will cost them a $2M buyout. (and they've already blown the PR game through the media leaks, presumably by Fridge and/or his camp). He took the program from nowhere to mid-level, so at least give him his check and a pat on the back. And good luck with the "next level" - The University expanded Byrd Stadium a few years ago, even though it was not routinely selling out before the expansion; I can't see those seats being filled in Vince Lombardi were coaching Tom Brady for the Terps.

Posted by: rlr_ex_nova | December 20, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Go Ralph! Disgusting how the university is treating an alum who brought UMd back from the wilderness. Anderson should be fired immediately. What a scumbag.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Again, I don't think it is a bad move - he wants his guy in there and there is nothing wrong with that however I think it is bad business the way they are handling it. Just like the Redskins are handling McNabb, just like the Wizards handled Gilbert, the Coach is getting a raw deal. I think part of the deal is that yes the Terps finished 8 and 4 but the shedule was getting easier and the Terps could not win the big games while he was here. That is the differnce between Gary and Ralph - Gary wins the big games. I have no glue why he won coach of the year maybe he deserved it in the past and did not get it - you know how those things go. Anyway seemed like a good guy but change is necessary at College Park but he does deserve the cash!!! Keep the cash!!!

Posted by: Baller1122 | December 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

hey this sux! the guy took the football program out of the trash pile and brought respect to the school. he turned down better job offers out of loyalty.and this is what he gets? ya gotta love the new generation of butthead management..

Posted by: addictpatsdogs | December 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse


If UMD treats their players like they treat their coaches, it seems like good recruits would choose another school.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

rdondero123
Sellout? what a moron.

Posted by: bestmick1 | December 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

How can you people support a coach who has had 3 winning seasons in the past 7 years?!?! If this was any other big time program he would have been gone after last year, and now after one good year everybody is ready to sign up for a longer term with him. If your not producing consistent winning seasons then you should be fired, and I don't consider his results consistent in a down and out football conference. Sign me up for Mike Leach!

Posted by: kj82 | December 20, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear Terps Insider readers,

Please take a look back at a Terps Insider piece from 2 weeks ago:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2010/12/friedgen_and_vindication.html

At the bottom, there is a poll where fans are asked about their support of Friedgen. Of the more than 900 who voted, only 16% said they think it is time for a change at head coach.

For all those claiming that Terps Nation is split on this, that simply isn't the case. Nearly 9 out of 10 of us want Friedgen back as our head coach.

In the history of sports, I can't recall a coach who had the support of 90% of the fan base who was "fired" for performance.

What a complete and utter joke Kevin Anderson is.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is the issue was not the money regarding buyout or fired. MD planned to pay the money either way. The issue was that Ralph did not want to go out publicly accepting this.

Posted by: clancy2 | December 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys but as a Maryland student I don't think Anderson will be listening to much of the protests. Why? because Maryland fans are angry 99% of the time and are always threatening to cancel their season tickets/donations. If you made a list of criteria to go to football games it would be as long as the number of comments on this message board (i.e. weather, competition, coaches, ticket prices, time of day, record previous season). I know there are loyal fans but at this point Anderson is making a gut decision because the program is losing money.

Posted by: totalfootballer | December 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

tomfoley1 wrote: "The AD and Mr. UA need to realize that no college football team in a huge metropolitan area is capable of this "next level". Can you think of one? THIS IS NOT A COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOWN AND THEREFORE WILL NEVER ATTRACT ENOUGH SUPERSTAR RECRUITS WHO WANT TO BE THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN like Norman, Tuscaloosa, Gainsville, Blacksburg, Columbus, etc."

Um, what about USC? Miami? Georgia Tech? All are in metropolitan areas as big or bigger than DC, and all have won national championships in the last 20 years. Austin and Baton Rouge are not exactly small towns either.

Posted by: leathersjames | December 20, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so Maryland would *sell* Ralph Friedgen a spot on the Ring of Honor? Very classy.

Posted by: pundito | December 20, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Time to get over it. I hear you can buy Mike Leach Christmas tree ornaments on line now. You 90% Ralph Bromancers can party at Joe Krivaks house for New years.
Terps 2011!!!

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

My favorite claim by Ralph's Kool-Aid drinkers is that he "turned around" the program this year. LOL who do you think was coaching last year when they were in the toilet?

I'm a Terp and have been supporting the team since Jerry Claiborne's wide tackle six and, for me, this is the best news since Gary winning it all.

I also know that Ralph is a good man but time to go.

Posted by: nativedc | December 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

why would somebody willing walk away from 2ger, if the university didn't offer him his full salary he would be stupid to leave that kind of money on the table.

Posted by: slivin500 | December 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Online polls have proven to be very accurate.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson deserves to be in the same town as Dan Snyder. They have similar tactics?

After all, turmoil really helps build a winning football program, doesn't it?

Loyalty is overrated.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

As a MD Alum and MD football fan, I am more than happy with winning seasons and bowl eligible teams in football. When I was at MD in the 90s, we never even went to bowl games. The current administration needs to look at the not too distance past and see what MD football was pre-Fridge = irrelevant.

I'm with most people posting here...Fridge take the $2M, you deserve it. Thanks for all you did. If I still lived in the area, I would go to the Bowl Game and support one of the best football coaches MD has ever had - period.

Posted by: AtlantaTerp | December 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Can any Fridge backers give me a rough estimate of how many more years he actually could have coached?

Also, ESPN.com's article stated MD wanted to fire him LAST YEAR, but could not because of the coach in waiting.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Testudo is crying. I don't want to acknowledge the fact I am an alumni. I think we have reach a new low in College Park. I don't know how long Loh or Anderson signed contracts for, but it was to long and should have been terminated before we reached this point. The losers are the alumni - the players - the students. Do the math - unhappy alumni don't contribute, don't volunteer, and don't recommend future students. The Winners the Friedgens - I hope they can get $10 million, land a new position and take the whole team with them. Would that be wonderful, first game of the season and out runs leach,kevin anderson, loh, and under armor kevin and no players - would love to see that happen Anyone that would consider the likes of mike leach deserves a 0 -12 record next year. How could we go from a world class university to this in a little over a month. I am so sorry, my child does not graduate until next year, heard the president did not even speak at the graduation Saturday night. Who is running this university? Under Armor

Posted by: mdterpmom | December 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Why should Anderson's credibility take a hit? He's facing calls for termination because a lot of TERP NATION (of whom I'm a proud member) has misguided anger towards him, in my opinion. Anderson was going to honor Friedgen's contract (which was set to sunset next year) because we had already named Franklin as Friedgen's successor. Now that Franklin has abandoned his agreement with the TERRAPIN FAMILY, it puts Anderson in an impossible position.

If Franklin and Vanderbilt didn't have the inside-straight on the rest of the coaching staff, then I could understand some of the angst against Anderson. But, just imaging how difficult it would be for Friedgen to (a) Recruit a competitive freshman class without his assistant coaches? Who's gonna recruit for the PERPS when the current assistant coaches will be recruiting for Franklin / Vandy, and (b) hire an entirely new coaching staff, school them to his system, have them get to know the players, and win 8+ games next year?

Anderson is doing what's best for the TERPS, IMO. It would be very difficult to give Friedgen another year at the helm, with none of his current assistants co-piloting.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!

Posted by: JEDI_TERP | December 20, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Online polls have proven to be very accurate"

Brokenclipboard,

What you are insinuating is that many non-Terps fans voted in that poll, which doesn't make any sense at all. It's true that online polls are usually unscientific, but that's because you don't know who is voting. But I think it's safe to say that anyone with an IQ above a toaster understands the likelihood of non-Terps fans flooding this board and skewing the results on a Terps Insider poll is about as likely as Kevin Anderson winning the award for Athletic Director of the Year.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The teams I love to root for...The Maryland Terps....are now in this household hereby The Maryland MORONS!!!
The ACC Coach of the Year being fired is just beyond words.
I hear that Barack Obama will be looking for work in 2012...perhaps they could have waited.
Someone needs to step in and stop this idiotic move.

Posted by: AliveStillKickin | December 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 - As a MD grad educated in math, I can easily say that an online poll like that is nearly worthless. For one, only people who care about the question will reply.

Nobody ever replied to my post about the situation itself, and seem only to want to remember the last year.

Before Danny O'Brien, MD hasn't had a functional QB since Shaun Hill! Seriously, it's been that long. That's not acceptable.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of outrage on this board about Maryland breaking its commitment to Ralphie. Nobody seems to remember when our boy Ralphie "declined an offer" to be the HC at Tampa Bay - and then magically had a multi-million dollar contract extension days later! Sure, this all seems to have been handled sloppily, but those who think that Ralphie should be canonized would do well to remember what went down in the middle of the decade when his loyalty was simply to the almighty dollar. Lay down with dogs, Ralph, and you're gonna get fleas.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Mixed emotions here. Vanderlinden was given the shaft when Ralph was hired. Then the glee for three years, with Vanderlinden's kids. After that, Friedgen couldn't seem to recruit, especially when Locksley left, nor get us past the Humanitarian Bowl. Attendance suffered.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Bobby Ross. And everywhere Bobby went, in the background, Ralph was his right hand man. A historical analogy, he was Robert E. Lee's Stonewall Jackson. And I appreciate him for that, even his days at GaTech.

As I've said here, I started to have faith in Franklin with the O'Brien thing. I honestly think O'Brien has the NFL look. Best QB here since the Krivac days, perhaps the best since Boomer. He's Flacco, with better footwork. And he's still only a Freshie. So I hate to see Franklin go, in that regard.

On the other hand, it is time for us to step up. To be where we were in the mid-80's. Too look down on VT, not up. To rule the ACC. The dog days are over. I credit both Vanderlinden, for laying the groundwork, and Friedgen, for making it happen.......

Hey.....VT, FSU, Clemson, UNC, GT, Miami and even NC State.....I spread respect to you all. But I'll also put you on notice.

A couple weeks ago I said here that our AD was schooled by my friend Debbie Yow. He was. And I also said that I hope he learned his lesson. He did.

Thank you dearly to Friedgen. I've loved you and I've cursed you.....but mostly I've loved you. But you couldn't get us over that hump.

Now......Kevin Anderson vs. Debbie Yow. Hey, ACC........we are comin' at ya.

Heck of a home schedule next year. And we have a heck of a young QB. Perhaps the best since Boomer. He reads defenses like Flacco. He's like a chess player. Except it's speed chess. You only have 2 seconds, 3 on a good day, to make your move. And, perhaps I shouldn't say this, VT, FSU, and all the others.....bring it on. I feel confident with this guy in the backfield. No more Steve Slaytons coming to us and wanting to play and we are sending him elsewhere.

I think we are back.

We have a very tough schedule next year, and I think we are up to the challenge, thanks in large part to Franklin and Friedgen......but they couldn't take us to the next level. And now I think we are poised to be there.

Bring it on........

Smashmouth. I want to hit somebody now.....and that would be any recruit who is thinking about Maryland but would chose PsU, the castrated turkeys or the Mountainqueers instead.

Yep. Nice move KA. Takes balls. But nice move. Level up.

And thank you Ralph.......Always a Terp. A true Terp. And I sincerely hope he gets, as I know he should and will be, on the ring of honor.

Posted by: steven09 | December 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I agree with that Fridge deserves all the credit for the success in 01 to 03. However, your list, which you have posted several times, is such crap I am calling you out on it. These players were not the main reason for the success between 01 and 03.

Foxworth, Starks and Parsons (an average wide receiver) were recruited in between the time Vandy got fired and Ralph was hired. Foxworth committed to Maryland under Vandy, reconsidered when he got fired and decided to stay under Fridge. Don't know the specifics for Starks and Parsons.

Podlesh punted in 2003. Davis was primarily a special teams player in 2003. Holloway (an average walk on) played in 2 games in 03. Wilson, Merriman and Bolston was reserves freshman in 03.

Miller was an an average blocking tight end. Condo was a long snapper.

Crummey, Moore and Jefferson redshirted in 03 and were freshman in 04.

The following players were recruited by Vandy and were first or second team all ACC players at least once between 01 and 03 Bruce Perry, Todd Wike, Melvin Fowler, Shaun Hill, Guilian Gary, Matt Crawfod, EJ Henderson, Tony Jackson, Tony Okanlawon, Brooks Bernard, Chris Downs, Nick Novak, Steve Suter, Lamar Bryant, CJ Brooks, and Jeff Dugan.

Foxworth, Madieu Williams, Starks, Dquell Jackson and Podlesh were all acc players from your list during that era.

Have no idea what your talking about with Shaun Hill. He was recruited and offered a scholarship under Vandy. He did not seem like anything special in one season under Vandy and then prospered under Fridge.

Why don't you stick to facts instead of trying to spin everything to support your view even when it is not accurate.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I've heard it say "Money is the root of all evil?" And I'm inclined to believe it. Is that what sports has become? More about money than about the integrity and honesty and the "sport?"

I agree with humbleandfree regarding how the scenario should have gone - it's interesting no matter what industry, private or government, the "older worker" or "older employee runs the risk of being "pushed out the door" because it is assumed they are no longer creative; no longer a visionary; and no longer able to think in the present.

This is really a shame.

Posted by: blessingsalways | December 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Ralph deserves better. Enough said. Let's show him the proper sendoff @ the Military Bowl boys!

Posted by: putnam23 | December 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Very bad handling of this by the university. The initial "guarantee" contract should have never been written.
The Public "retirement" offer should never have been brought out in public in any way.

Fridge- thanks.

To my University- shame on you all for handling this, this way.

Posted by: dcperspective | December 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Before Danny O'Brien, MD hasn't had a functional QB since Shaun Hill! Seriously, it's been that long. That's not acceptable.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. People who have no idea what they are talking about oddly feel the need to spread their ignorance to others.

Sam Hollenbach, an All ACC qb who is among the top 5 in many Maryland records; who was on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards; who threw for over 5,000 yards at MD; who won the Champs Bowl MVP Award in a blowout win after a 9 win season; whose QB rating his senior year is one of the best in not just MD history but ACC history; who went on to earn NFL paychecks; wasn't a "functional qb"?

Scott McBrien, who was a 2-time All ACC selection; who broke many Terps records; who guided MD to an 11 win season followed by a 10 win season; who won the Gator Bowl and Peach bowl over highly ranked opponents by a combined scored of 71-10; who was the Gator Bowl MVP after accounting for 4 TDs against Tennessee to cap off his career; he wasn't a "functional qb"?

Dude, you obviously don't follow the Terps. So why comment?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Stay firm Coach!!!! What a crock of crap! This is no way to run an athletic program and now it makes Maryland look like a freaken bunch of idiots. Your coach, who is named ACC coach of the year, was just given another contract, the team got a bowl - albeit it wasn't the Fiesta or one of the higher thought out bowl games, and now you are firing the guy? Shame on you, Shame on you!!!!

Posted by: pgresident | December 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ralph's a good guy, and good guys finish last. Frank Beamer, his buddy, will certainly be able to use Ralph to the betterment of the VT program. Leach is an abuser, proof of that is he got fired from his last coaching job for abusing a student-athlete. UMD is on the naughty list, and got just what it deserved: A no-class AD, a no-backbone University President, a no-class bowl game in a trash stadium, and a probable no-class new football coach. Cancel my Terps football season tickets NOW !!! I will not be a party to continued abuse.

Posted by: broxfan | December 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

1. Again, please stop using the weak schedule excuse. Next year, the nonconference opponents are Towson (okay,okay), WVU, Temple (8-4 and didn't go to a bowl), and Notre Dame. This year our nonconference opponents were 28-19. What if I told you that in Leach's last year at Texas Tech, his nonconference schedule included Rice, North Dakota, Houston (a loss), and New Mexico. Their combined records were 13-34. Kind of ironic that in Leach's last year at TTU, his record was 8-4...and his conference record was 5-3. Sound familiar?
2. Urban Meyer leaves because of health issues, for a second time. Yes, Fridge is heftier than most, but I haven't heard evidence of a health issue with him, so let's put the fat jokes to the side. If I coached the team and my radio show was at "Outback", I'd probably look like that as well. Free cheese fries??? Two plates, please. No one goes to a funeral and says "if he just hadn't of eaten that extra burger last night"....
3. As with all coaching decisions, this is definately about money. Like I posted yesterday, Leach was making $2.54 million when he left TT. Don't think he won't be here unless he gets the same.
4. Again, this is all giving Maryland a black eye right now. This is not the way an alum should be treated, whether you're a fan of Coach Friedgen or not. I'm sure the practices leading up to next Wednesday will be very spirited, and I know next week will be very emotional for the players, coaches, and fans. If there's a positive to be seen, I bet the ratings and interest in the game go up more than when the game was announced.
5. Fridge will handle all of this with class. He brought class to the university and he'll leave that way as well. There's not a person on these boards who wouldn't do the same thing he's doing and refuse to be fired, especially when you were told you were coming back next year. Every one of us would take the $2 million. Can't wait to see how Anderson handles this press conference today.

Posted by: ChrisinSC | December 20, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Barno1: You are right, to a point. Vandy got way too much credit becuase it wasn't him, or Ralph. It was Mike Locksley who was responsible for most of those recruits and Vandy's recruits; Ralph was smart to keep Locks as a holdover from Vandy's staff. But when he left to go to Florida, the talent recruited by Maryland dropped off significantly. Remember one of the best players in the state of Maryland at that time Derrick Harvey was a lock to go to Maryland but followed Locks to Florida, and others followed. Then Locks went to Illinois and recruited a good number of the area's talent for them. We seem to be finding out that while he can recruit his butt off, he hasn't seem to been able to make it as a head coach. But it is clear that after he left, Maryland got fewer and fewer top recruits. This is something that should have been fixed years ago and has to be fixed regardless of who coaches the team next year.

Posted by: Phillip258 | December 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

kj82 WRONG. Don't watch a lot of football do you? 7 bowls in 10 years, means that he had 3 losing regular seasons not 7.

2001 10-2 Lost the Orange Bowl
2002 11-3 Won the Peach Bowl
2003 10-3 Won the Gator Bowl
2004 5-6
2005 5-6
2006 9-3 Won the Champs Sports Bowl
2007 6-7 Lost the Emerald Bowl
2008 8-5 Won the Mid America Bowl
2009 2-10
2010 8-4 Military Bowl

Ralph has been in the ring of honor for almost ten years already. Has Kevin Anderson not looked up there?

Posted by: TastyCrabs | December 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you stick to facts instead of trying to spin everything to support your view even when it is not accurate.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Chief2, your post was full of lies it's not even worth correcting every single one of your hallucinations about Vandy's recruits. You say 'stick to the fact' and then you make ridiculously false claims. Claiming Fridge's guys like Condo were "average" when these guys are STILL in the NFL, nearly a decade later, is laughable and really shows your amnesia is striking again. I mean, Shawn Merriman just being a reserve freshman in 03??? Give me a break.

Merriman came to MD in 2002 and had 14 sacks in 02/03. He was dominant right away, there is no way we win 21 games those 2 years if he isn't on the team. The fact that you are so hellbent on the myth that Fridge won only becuase of Vandy's recruits that you will resort to lying about Friedgen's best recruit at MD is pathetic.

The point is there is no way we win 31 games in those 3 years without Fridge's guys...why you have to try to diminish his great success at MD is beyond me. Get a life.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Testudo is crying. I don't want to acknowledge the fact I am an alumni. I think we have reach a new low in College Park. I don't know how long Loh or Anderson signed contracts for, but it was to long and should have been terminated before we reached this point. The losers are the alumni - the players - the students. Do the math - unhappy alumni don't contribute, don't volunteer, and don't recommend future students. The Winners the Friedgens - I hope they can get $10 million, land a new position and take the whole team with them. Would that be wonderful, first game of the season and out runs leach,kevin anderson, loh, and under armor kevin and no players - would love to see that happen Anyone that would consider the likes of mike leach deserves a 0 -12 record next year. How could we go from a world class university to this in a little over a month. I am so sorry, my child does not graduate until next year, heard the president did not even speak at the graduation Saturday night. Who is running this university? Under Armor

Posted by: mdterpmom | December 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This post just reminds me of all the Eagle fans who were so vocal about no longer rooting for the Eagles when they signed Michael Vick. Now that he is playing well and the Eagles are winning, Vick is the most popular man in Phily.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Handing it to legal for a amicable resolution? "AD Amateur Hour" at UMD. Sad. Sorry Fridge!

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 20, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What a disgrace!! Fridge brought back the program a great record he worke tirelessly for his alma mater and he gets shafted. He can walk away with his head up high and
he will not publicly complain. Maryland football has taken a huge step backwards.
What a way for Maryland to treat an alumni.
BTW he is already in the ring of honor. The new AD must be clueless

Posted by: djr_10605yahoocom | December 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Caphillterp:

You are right about Fridge turning down Tampa Bay to come back to a bigger contract at UMD; no beef with you there. BUT...let's also remember that a certain "Red Raider" shopped himself around at the end of '08 to the Univesity of Washington and Miami University (Fl.) to do the same. He ended up with a 5 year, $12.7 million deal to go back to Texas Tech. Let's face it...every coach does that to see his worth and how much he can get out of the university he's currently at.

Posted by: ChrisinSC | December 20, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

debbie yow would have letfridge coach out his contract... hey o !!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Seems like to me that O'Brien was doing pretty well under the Fridge.

Why would he stay with a program that's going to be in turmoil for a couple of years? Why would other top recruits want to enroll at UMD?

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

OMG- It's getting even bloodier.
Marlon Brando's lines as Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now are going through my mind: "The horror, the HORROR..."

Posted by: MrCrabbyPatty | December 20, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Barno-Just to clear up a few things about Sam Hollenbach. He was honorable mention all ACC QB in 2006. For a career he threw 28 tds and 26 interceptions. He had a great game at the Champs Bowl when we beat Purdue. But don't forget that he was RF's third choice to start at Qb. Joel Statham was the first choice. Sam was not drafted by the NFL but signed with Washington and was cut during pre-season. They signed hime again at the end of the season to be the third string/emergency Qb for the last game of the season. That was his NFL career. Oh, and he also was one of my wife's favorites at MD. And it did seem that the more he played the better he got.

Posted by: fellowfan | December 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"Hey whiners,

When Coach Leach goes 10-2 next year, send me a box of those tissues. Wha Wha.

Posted by: rdondero123"
-->It's the principle of it.

Look at what Fridge has done for his alma matter and look at what Leach is done. And I'll send you some tissues when Leach pulls a "Lane Kiffin." Not too many people saw MD as a destination school, Fridge did.

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"Hey whiners,

When Coach Leach goes 10-2 next year, send me a box of those tissues. Wha Wha.

Posted by: rdondero123"
-->It's the principle of it.

Look at what Fridge has done for his alma matter and look at what Leach is done. And I'll send you some tissues when Leach pulls a "Lane Kiffin." Not too many people saw MD as a destination school, Fridge did.

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

ChrisinSC - completely agree with you. My only point is that Ralph negotiated hard with the University on 05 or 06 (I'm sure Barno1 knows the exact date of that going down) and now the University is doing the same to him. It's big business, and on each side loyalty to a school/person is more often than not trumped by cash money. Those are the rules of the game that Ralph played by back then, and it's unfair for anyone to castigate UMd for playing by those same rules.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 20, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy: Debbie tried to fire Ralph last year but couldn't raise the money for the buy out.

Posted by: Phillip258 | December 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Winning ACC Coach of the Year honors nowadays is like winning the NFC west with a 7-9 record.

It means you haven't won anything. And you aren't going anywhere.

Posted by: mjapr | December 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse


SPOKEN LIKE A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER WON ANYTHING IN HIS PATHETIC LIFE.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | December 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Why should Terp fans be satisfied with being mediocre in the ACC? At 8-4, RF wins COY. Has everyone forgot that the Terps only beat one team over 500. Sorry, but Navy beat themselves. Don't be afraid of winning. It's time UM rolled the dice and came up a 7! Go Terps!!

Posted by: 70Terp | December 20, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

i offer the following. i'm a maryland alum who's been following the terps since jerry claiborne was recruiting some uncoachable quarterback from long island named norman essiason...

- leach is self-serving etc... so's nick saben. think 'bama wants to give him back

- leach won't graduate players... wanna bet? take a look at the graduation rates during his tenure

- ncaa sanctions are right around the corner... funny, because there weren't any when leach was at tech

- leach will bolt after a couple of years... he stayed at tech 10 years, some of which he was the lowest-paid coach in the big 12

- leach's offense won't work in the acc because acc teams have better defense than the big 12... agreed - if you ignore oklahoma, texas, and texas a&m

- you can't throw the ball around in the north like you can in texas... they said the same thing when joe tiller went to purdue.

- danny o'brien will transfer if maryland hires leach... see bullet above (i.e.; drew bries and kyle orton)

i now live in the boston area. i don't get to college park, but i was at the bc/md football game and at last season's bc/md basketball game (i'll be at the conte forum on 2/12/11). for all the people saying firing ralph is wrong, were you sitting in byrd stadium? believe me, i was at byrd stadium in the late 80s when the only sold-out game was clemson in '88.

a lot of what's been said - like "we're okay w/ an occasional bowl game", "we're a basketball school", "you can't win in a major metropolitan area" are cop-outs. think wisconsin wants to go back to the days before barry alvarez? should uconn fire randy edsell because they're a basketball school? should miami, usc, georgia tech, and/or washington give back the national championships because they're located in miami, los angeles, atlanta, and seattle?

maryland has the chance to hire a proven winner as football coach for the first time since signing jim tatum in 1947. maryland can't be only partially big-time in athletics. that is, you can't have 25 non-revenue sports (actually 24, women's b-ball is break-even), build a new basketball arena, and make major renevations to the football stadium without having a way to pay the bills.

if georgia tech can sell out grant field, there's no reason maryland can't sell out byrd...

fear the turtle.

Posted by: ziowa9 | December 20, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Barno, Your right I was off by a year with Merriman. I thought he was a freshman in 2003 and he was a sophomore. However, he only started six games his first two years. I don't believe there are any other mistakes.

I did not say that Condo was average. I said he was a long snapper.

I think Fridge did an outstanding job his first three years and got the most out of the talent on those teams. I also think that he did an good job this year and was surprised that he did not get an extension. I feel bad that the Fridge era is ending on bad term.s However, I understand the reasoning he did not and support the decision to gamble on Leach.

If you are going to make a list saying these are the guys Fridge won with in 01 to 03. I am going to point out several were recruited by both coaches, several (Holloway, Miller and Parsons were very average), several did not play until 04 and several eventually became good players but were reserves in 03.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how the athletic department could possibly have done a more ham-handed, classless job of handling this situation.

The ACC is not a premier football conference, despite whatever the ACC commissioners delude themselves into believing. In addition, due to past problems at UMCP, there is a level of scrutiny of their athletic programs and it's going to be harder for a coach to bring in athletically questionable recruits and think he can get away with that here.

Posted by: sanderling5 | December 20, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

As a terp, all I can say is about time. He lucked out this year with the 8-4 record, Maryland should've made the change a few years ago. Having said that, you should give the guy his 2 mil for next season, a place on the ring of honor, a parking space with his name on for when he wants to visit and call it a day. Those crying about the change now, will get over it when the team start to win 10 games a year and play in a bowl other than the Military bowl.

Posted by: aviator3 | December 20, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

caphillterp:

Good response. It is a shame it has come down to this. Anderson has even said it several times in his news conference that this was a "business decision". I want Maryland to become a top-tier program as well, but I don't think we should sell our soul to the devil to make it happen. It could really hurt us in the long run.

Is it me, or does Anderson almost sound like he's throwing Franklin under the bus? Fridge would have been back if Franklin would have stayed. You can tell Anderson wanted Franklin gone. Folks, I hope this AD knows what he's doing.

Posted by: ChrisinSC | December 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Anderson is the one that should be fired. What an idiot. Anderson is an idiot, and a moron. What right does he have--really--to fire Ralph Friedgen--the 2010 ACC Coach of the Year? After an 8-4 record, after a great turn-around, after seven bowl games in 10 years, after 10 years of zero scandals, after leading a respectable and honorable program for a decade, after being one of the most well-liked, well-respected and intelligent coaches in Maryland history, after coaching the ACC's Rookie of the Year---this is a man that you fire, and announce just a week BEFORE A BOWL GAME? AND YOU WANT TO HIRE SOME PSYCHO MORON WHO LOCKED A PLAYER IN A CLOSET? LEACH IS ALSO A MORON AND AN IDIOT. This is just idiotic, stupid, and moronic. Where's the school's new chancellor in all of this? Why not get tough and stand up and say something? Show some guts--and fire Anderson. Anderson should be the one that's fired. And Danny O'Brien? He should hold a press conference and announce that he's transferring to another school. And Ralph's assistants? Same thing. Anderson and Leach are NOT the answer to anything at Maryland--they are the problem. Ralph Friedgen should NOT be fired. If anything, he should be signed to a contract extension. Anderson should be fired by the university chancellor or president--effective immediately. If ticket sales are down now, they should go down even more next year. Maryland is done as a respectable program with this stupid, stupid, stupid move. Everyone should stay home from the games next year.

Posted by: thefrontpage | December 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"The AD and Mr. UA need to realize that no college football team in a huge metropolitan area is capable of this "next level". Can you think of one?"

1. USC
2. Miami
3. University of Washington

Posted by: zplapplap | December 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

For all Ralph has done, you offer him a bathtub "Ring" . Take the 2 million and leave with your head held high, Ralph.

Posted by: rbgu1999 | December 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A little blame goes to Yow who was trying to engineer the Fridge's removal and be replaced by Franklin. She even made a move recently contacting UMD in support of Franklin. Franklin bolted, the plan failed which put UMD in the lurch with a lame duck coach. So perhaps Anderson should be forgiven for sweeping all the previous intrigues and going for a clean start now. I can only speculate on Yow's thinking in all of this.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | December 20, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

First game next year will already be a sell-out once Leach is announced!


Might want to rethink that one since we open against Towson !

Posted by: rich263 | December 20, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"It is sad, but that is the reality of college football and athletic departments. Big state funded schools are facing budget cuts and, now more than ever, athletic departments have to be money makers. And at any big school, football is the big revenue sport. 8-4 is a solid record but this is not about wins and losses. It is about not being able to 75% fill a newly enhanced stadium right in the middle of campus. It is about season ticket revenue being down every year. Frankly it is about there being no buzz about the program although it had a winning season. I got a graduate degree from Michigan. Whether Michigan wins 3 games or 10 games, there are over 100,000 people in that stadium every home Saturday. They all buy hot dogs and drink cokes...they stop by the gear shop...most pay to park. That's revenue!

I do not like the clumsiness of how it went down, but Anderson had to make this move. The program had the 2nd biggest turnaround in the country, yet was no buzz. The fans did not come, the bowl games dissed us,and other teams that won fewer games got more press. Leach will sell tickets, get Maryland on national TV and create national buzz. A sad decision, but perfectly understandable in today's college football scene.

Posted by: michaeliceman | December 20, 2010 12:52 PM"
-->OK Mr. Michigan man, comparing MD to Michigan is not a smart one. While I lack a graduate degree like you, I know this MD football will always play second fiddle on-campus to basketball, and third-fiddle in terms of the regions football interest to the Skins/Ravens. It's not like Ann Arbor, where football is the main game in town. This is more like Michigan basketball, where they have been largely irrelevant since the Fab Four.Not sure if you saw the FSU game, but we got pretty good attendance. In terms of bowls, it the structure of it. Any bowl given the chance would choose FSU, Vtech, and Miami ahead of us, even if we have a better record. Just like Michigan would be picked ahead of teams like Iowa, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Michigan State.

While I'll concede Leach might get an initial buzz among the fan base similar to Fridge did when he took over. Unless he is able to sustain, nobody will care who the coach is.

Posted by: mle916 | December 20, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for visiting team fans, Maryland wouldn't have sellouts. People who think that with a new coach, fans will rush the box office with money in their hands are just fooling themselves.

Posted by: deMille_Ondefloss | December 20, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Univ of Md has to be the laughingstock of ACC and College Football. The AD should be fired to even think this is a good move. What's next, firing Gary Williams the basketball coach too? And the person to replace Ralph probably has the worst reputation(and very unprofessional) for coaching young men. I'm not a Md fan but feel Ralph has done a good job righting the ship this year. I can see the headline for Time Magazine.... Moron of the Year AD of Maryland Kevin Anderson

Posted by: larry40 | December 20, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It is all about the money. It always has been. Maryland made a disastrous decision to give Ralph such a long term contract after the initial success. Ralph used his leverage at the time and got a huge salary based on a continued success that didn't materialize. Maryland has been shackled ever since.


Ralph could have been classy and admitted that he was paid top twenty money but hasn't produced a tow twenty team in six years. He could have humbly admitted that he under-produced and accepted a buy out, but no, he wanted his top twenty money all the way to the end. Good riddance.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | December 20, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Re: hollenbach

fellowfan,

I don't disagree with anything you said. Just depends on how you look at it I guess.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

tomfoley1 12:13pm said:
Look for Ralph to take his brilliant mind to VaTech to be OC, seriously. Oh, and look for him to take ACC ROY Danny O'Brien with him -- who apparently wants nothing to do with Mike Leach's gimmicky spread offense.

How would you know what O'Brien wants? Or did you just pull that little "factoid" out of your @ss?

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 20, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Has everyone forgot that the Terps only beat one team over 500.

Posted by: 70Terp | December 20, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Actually, MD beat 4 teams over .500: Navy, NC State, FIU, and Boston College.

Nice try though

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, who does Maryland think they are?

Posted by: nsu1203 | December 20, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

tomfoley1 12:13pm said:
Look for Ralph to take his brilliant mind to VaTech to be OC, seriously. Oh, and look for him to take ACC ROY Danny O'Brien with him -- who apparently wants nothing to do with Mike Leach's gimmicky spread offense.

If O'Brien transfers within the conference he must sit out two years and since he already redshirted, he would be a senior before he is eligible again. O'Brien is not going anywhere he will will the starting QB for Maryland next year and will rewrite the Maryland single season record book in Leach's offense.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm confused about the massive rush to get rid of Friedgen. Wasn't Friedgen the guy who made football at UMD kinda relevant after 15+ years of being an urban backwater? Wasn't Friedgen's regime the most successful since Ross? Didn't Friedgen just have a very good year? Why exactly is it Friedgen's fault that UMD fans don't support their football team, which directly links to the bowl games they get invited to in years when they are bowl eligible?

If this is about Franklin leaving, why is that Friedgen's fault? And who's to say Franklin didn't make a big mistake by going to a program that will never be a consistent winner and will never compete with UT for the soul of the state?

If this is about trying to land Leach, somebody had better be really convinced that Leach is a significant upgrade. Yes, he runs an exciting offense. Yes, this will help in recruiting offensive players. But it's also true that TT was a rough and tumble program (both on and off the field) under Leach, and while that works in Texas and the Big 12, it'll be a tougher sell in the ACC. And his system, as dynamic as it is, doesn't work if you can't get the athletes to implement it. These are a lot of big maybes, and it doesn't make a convincing case to me that getting Leach is worth dumping a guy who might've had his best coaching year this year.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | December 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The whole "Ring of Honor" thing doesn't mean too much if you have to buy your way on to it.

Hope they don't decide to do this to Gary Williams.

Posted by: jswift1 | December 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

God bless you Ralph Friedgen!! You helped restore the program back to respectability. You coached and guided the football program to 7 bowl games in 10 seasons and are 74-50 in your tenure here. You are not responsible for fickle fans. You have been very loyal to your student-athletes as well as taking over a moribund program that you played for. I think that you should take all of the money that is owed to you, as well as your dignity and respect that is due you. You have done it the right way and have brought honor, accolades, joy and admiration to the Terrapin program. How quickly we forget that you have done as much, if not more than Bobby Ross was able to accomplish during his tenure and helped to erase the ignominious memory of the time after he left and the time before you arrived. Good coaches are always in demand and I'm certain that you won't be out of work long if it is your desire to coach again soon. I have rooted for your program since the beginning when you arrived and have encouraged a few recruits to come your way. I believe that the problem lies in the perception that we(locals) aren't good enough and that we choose to go elsewhere to get validated instead of staying home and building from within. Sound familiar? Maybe Redskins disease is contagious...anyway, I digress. I have longed admired your work ethic, commitment, dedication, loyalty, strength of character, integrity and grit. You may not be perfect....but you deserve to be appreciated, honored, respected and at the very least, recognized as a winner who went about doing this the right way Coach. As I said....may God bless you!!!

Posted by: tkduggins | December 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Actually, MD beat 4 teams over .500: Navy, NC State, FIU, and Boston College.

Nice try though

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Actually FIU was 6 and 6. Nice try though


The only school Maryland beat that had a winning record at the time was NC State.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought at the beginning of the season the Athletic Director said that Coach Freidgen would be back in 2011?

A man is only as good as his word. Character is what defines a man...enough said.

Posted by: carterm1 | December 20, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, kiddies, see what happens when you do a good job?

Posted by: mbrumble | December 20, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It is disappointing that the University of Maryland has made a controversy out of what should have been a smooth change. Coach Friedgen has done a great job given the handicap of a small time program at UMD. Beware what you ask for. Does anyone remember the Leach controversy that caused Texas Tech to part ways with him? If Nick Saban becomes available in a few years is UMD going to dump Leach and go after him? How many students have to pay the athletic fee to allow such frivolous games? Maybe they should just dump the academics and concentrate on the BCS championship.

Posted by: aschau66 | December 20, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

If O'Brien transfers within the conference he must sit out two years and since he already redshirted, he would be a senior before he is eligible again. O'Brien is not going anywhere he will will the starting QB for Maryland next year and will rewrite the Maryland single season record book in Leach's offense.

Posted by: Chief2

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I wouldn't be too sure about that.

I think the NCAA would give O'Brien a waiver, given the circumstances -- his offensive coordinator left the program, and his head coach is getting fired.

I think the ball is in O'Brien's court.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

MD had nothing before Ralph. MD will have nothing after Ralph.

Posted by: fish4 | December 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought playing Morgan State was bad this year. I could not give away tickets we could not use. Towson State is even worst. I thought they played high school football. Who wants to sit in the Sun and watch Towson State.

Posted by: mdterpmom | December 20, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse


The only school Maryland beat that had a winning record at the time was NC State.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, why do people care at all what the record was at the time? What matters is overall record. I suppose JMU shouldn't be proud of their win over Vtech because that was just against a crappy 0-2 team right Cheif? Yeah, who cares that they ended up 11-2, JMU definitely shouldn't brag about that, neither should Boise State, who beat an 0-0 Vtech team.

Some people just don't use any logic.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Fridge should slip in an application under a psuedonym and see how it stacks up vs. the search party's candidates. I bet he'd be close to the top of the bunch the committee will look at: Leach, Leach, and Leach...no class - the press conference was a sham...Anderson was told not to keep Franklin on or else he could have made it happen...there was the real chance at continuity that NO ONE, not even EP, is reporting or should have investigated in a Franklin interview...

Franklin messed up anyway because if he didn't get the HC position for 2012, the Terps would have had a great season and his stock would have been higher than to get the SEC boneyard boning every year from his SEC strongmen...business decision - how about integrity by your actions, not talking about it new Prez and AD?

Posted by: terptek | December 20, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

tomfoley1 wrote: "The AD and Mr. UA need to realize that no college football team in a huge metropolitan area is capable of this "next level". Can you think of one? THIS IS NOT A COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOWN AND THEREFORE WILL NEVER ATTRACT ENOUGH SUPERSTAR RECRUITS WHO WANT TO BE THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN like Norman, Tuscaloosa, Gainsville, Blacksburg, Columbus, etc."

Um, what about USC? Miami? Georgia Tech? All are in metropolitan areas as big or bigger than DC, and all have won national championships in the last 20 years. Austin and Baton Rouge are not exactly small towns either.

Posted by: leathersjames | December 20, 2010 1:26 PM

Um, USC is PRIVATE. Um, Miami is PRIVATE. Um, UMD is PUBLIC. And GT? OK, agreed, a perfect measuring stick. And under Ralph Friedgen, UMD at least as successful.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 20, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

tomfoley1 12:13pm said:
Look for Ralph to take his brilliant mind to VaTech to be OC, seriously. Oh, and look for him to take ACC ROY Danny O'Brien with him -- who apparently wants nothing to do with Mike Leach's gimmicky spread offense.

How would you know what O'Brien wants? Or did you just pull that little "factoid" out of your @ss?

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 20, 2010 3:51 PM

No, unless by @ss you mean DOB's twitter account. Yes, he more/less posted on his twitter that the spread offense will not prepare him for the NFL the way Fridge's offense would.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 20, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

You Maryland folk just don't know a good thing when you have it, do you?

Firing quality coaches seems to be a hobby with you people.

Remember back when Curly Byrd fired an assistant of Coach Paul W. Bryant's without asking permission and reinstated a suspended player without Bryant's permission?

That was not very smart either. We see how that turned out.

Maryland could be one of the most admired, accomplished, respected, winningest, and most feared football teams in the nation if not for 'ole Curly acting like he was a dictator.

All I am saying is that Friedgen is a fine coach and the Maryland administration and fans seem to still be irrational. Why fire a good coach?

Posted by: CtrlAltDel1 | December 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

terptek, well said. Fraklin would be a complete and utter FOOL for supposedly CHOOSING the SEC's perrenial favorite homecoming team over the possibility of at the very leas increasing his own value after what was going to be a very successful 2011 here. It makes no sense at all that the univeristy is claiming Franklin CHOSE to leave for Vandy. The new AD forced him out to make room for his own EGO.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 20, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Danny O'Brien loves being a Terp! He's staying - Assuming Terps hire Leach or some other "big-time" coach, DOB will stay. He loves it at Maryland - All you have to do is see him in Garyland - Danny O'Brien is a Terp!

Posted by: Joehl65 | December 20, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

All you "Screw the Fridge" posters are laughable. Where did you get your pathetic ideas? Grow up.

Posted by: dollarsforgoofs | December 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

And GT? OK, agreed, a perfect measuring stick. And under Ralph Friedgen, UMD at least as successful.

Posted by: tomfoley1 ___________________________

Many do not want to look at this Tom. All of a sudden, the powers to be, AD, KP, WL, think that they will make the "business decision" to "will" UMD to the top of the ACC standings by making a genius hire. If it were that easy for the schools continually nipping at the heels of the perennially very good teams, it would have been done by UNC, NCSt, GT, BC, Clemson, Puke, Wake and UVA on a consistent basis year after year.

And you're right, if we compare ourselves to GaTech, Fridge is right there with them:
ACC: 43-37 vs. 48-32, 74-49 vs. 78-51 over his tenure. Fridge had (4) 9+ win seasons, GaTech (3)...enuff said - AD Anderson can point his nose upward toward the sky for future success, but to me how you get there matters just as much. What a PR debacle going on - UMD has earned enough bad will right now to last a decade - have fun picking up the pieces, poor Terrapin Club - you are now dependent upon Big Daddy Armour to take care of you more than in the past..

Posted by: terptek | December 20, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Maryland never has been and never will be a top-tier football program. It's not in the DNA of the school. College football is a religion in parts of the country where it's the only game in town The alumni simply isn't as motivated here as they are at places like Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Auburn, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc.

Doesn't the university have some responsibility to do things w/ just a bit more class as an example to its student body? Just another cheesy business move.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 20, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Suggest Ralph and his agent seek a long term contract with Nutri Systems so he can become a celebrity and lose 80-90 pounds and avoid his gross obesity. What a disgraceful model he is for his players!!

Posted by: giuseppe59 | December 20, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the university have some responsibility to do things w/ just a bit more class as an example to its student body? Just another cheesy business move.

Posted by: randysbailin
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A lot of Alumni Choir you can preach that to brother!

Let's track it and keep this board educated on a reality check - either way, UMD turned their back on coach Franklin behind the scenes too - we know that's how it went down...

Posted by: terptek | December 20, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Tom Foley,

Would you be talking about the same perennial favorite SEC homecoming team, Vanderbilt, that has a winning record over Maryland?

What is it, about 8 loses vs. 4 wins for Maryland when facing Vandy?

Posted by: CtrlAltDel1 | December 20, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

terptek, it's soo refreshing to talk with a fellow terp that obviously gets it. You are dead right. I think and hope most Terp fans are insulted that the new AD is not even disguising the fact in his eyes all of us are just disposable and naive customers of his -- as if all we're missing is some sorta "buzz" that he can manufacture in the form of Mr. Under Armours boy -- and at the expense of our soul. NO! Under Fridge, this has been respectful, clean program that has been OVERACHIEVING for the last decade. And we had so much pride knowing that he was doing it the right way and is ONE OF US. So sick.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 20, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Tom Foley,

Would you be talking about the same perennial favorite SEC homecoming team, Vanderbilt, that has a winning record over Maryland?

What is it, about 8 loses vs. 4 wins for Maryland when facing Vandy?

Posted by: CtrlAltDel1
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Yes, donk, with Vandy holding a 5-1 advantage B4 1948!

How about Vandy's record the past 10 years Fridge was at UMD? Boneyard, boneyard, boneyard...AD F'ed things up. DOB knows we got his back, but there is the risk he will not believe in the spread offense as Russinator read on Twitter. I for one think he'll be successful with whatever Offense we have here next year - he is flat out good and a winner - we need DOB here or else the blow back makes it an all out fiasco!

Posted by: terptek | December 20, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The AD Anderson is a lying jerk and that reflects on President Loh. Class is now just something students attend at UofM, not a quality of it's administration.
Can't wait for that next "Dear Alum" email from President Loh. He will get a response, and won't like it, even thought he doesn't read them.
Ralph earns the Ring of Honor, but Anderson earns the Ring of Shame.

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 20, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Tom Foley,

Would you be talking about the same perennial favorite SEC homecoming team, Vanderbilt, that has a winning record over Maryland?

What is it, about 8 loses vs. 4 wins for Maryland when facing Vandy?

Posted by: CtrlAltDel1 | December 20, 2010 6:06 PM

Touche! Buttt...Fridge did own Vandy.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 20, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

WP Live announcer says it's all biz. Well in biz you don't give away 2 million you don't have. this whole buy out is load. And the UA man who originally signed T Tech along with MD, well he has the dough to talk. the alum haven't a penny here and no one cares what all the buzz is. Leach was fired for being a schmuck. G Williams will go next. He may have some local boosters but he can't even get his show on local 45. Where are Gary's boys playing? 642. Ralph did an outstanding job considering Jo Pa is up north and WVa is down south. Makes no diff. You don't sell out the stadium you walk, Watch out Mack. Texas has eyes. Biz is biz. Two million? What r u guys chumps? If the school had money it would have spent it on something ,anything but this program. The Comcast Ctr? What a joke. 75m for what? So Duke can walk in and claim Williams jock strap?

Posted by: KraftPaper | December 20, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

wouldn't be too sure about that.

I think the NCAA would give O'Brien a waiver, given the circumstances -- his offensive coordinator left the program, and his head coach is getting fired.

I think the ball is in O'Brien's court.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Coaches get fired all the time. Give me examples of the NCAA granting waivers for it.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ralph must have personally gotten outplayed by WVU, Clemson and the Florida teams. His players are saying they want a coach who can take them to the Orange Bowl? How about if they try performing on the field and take some responsibility for their own outcome. Good luck, Leach, get your dungeon ready for with this bunch of buckpassers. Ralph, you're better off gone than coaching this bunch. And of course, there is Anderson, the grand deceiver. What's it been-- five weeks since you promised Ralph 2011?

Posted by: jtinky | December 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, why do people care at all what the record was at the time? What matters is overall record. I suppose JMU shouldn't be proud of their win over Vtech because that was just against a crappy 0-2 team right Cheif? Yeah, who cares that they ended up 11-2, JMU definitely shouldn't brag about that, neither should Boise State, who beat an 0-0 Vtech team.

Some people just don't use any logic.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

According the the link Maryland's strength of schedule was 79th out of 120 division 1A schools. Syracuse and Indiana were the only BCS schools whose SOS were worse than Maryland.

http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/current_congrove_rankings.html

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Coaches get fired all the time. Give me examples of the NCAA granting waivers for it.

Posted by: Chief2

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Given a waiver by the NCAA, former University of Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman enrolled at Baylor, started classes on Monday and went through his first off-season workout with his new teammates.


---- Example of a Quarterback getting an eligibility waiver to play at another school.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

June 21, 2007

Houston - University of Houston director of athletics Dave Maggard announced that he has received information today that former Oklahoma State quarterback Al Peña has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to become immediately eligible to play for the Cougars in 2007.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Back to the dark ages.

Posted by: DennisJimmink | December 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Benson,

The NCAA has a rule that a player that graduates with eligibility remaining can transfer without sitting out. That applied to the players in the examples you listed. I know that O'Brien is supposed to be a smart guy, but I don't think he has graduated after being at Maryland a year and a half. I meant an example of the NCAA waiving the rule about sitting out because a coach was fired.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

The examples I provided were of quarterbacks who were granted eligibility waivers.

The very definition of a waiver is that a player wishes to waive eligibility requirements due to extenuating circumstances.

It certainly would apply here.

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

Oh, and Pena wasn't a graduate student.

He was just a quarterback who wanted to transfer.

Posted by: Benson | December 21, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse


Here's another one, at Eastern Illinois, in 2009:

"...transfer Jake Christensen has won the quarterback battle over the first two weeks of camp.

Christensen is a transfer from the University of Iowa where he started two seasons ago for the Hawkeyes. He was the starter at Iowa last season for two games before deciding to transfer for his final season. The NCAA granted Christensen a waiver to play his final season at EIU on Wednesday afternoon."

Posted by: Benson | December 21, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

mle916:

I think you made the point for me without realizing it. FYI, I have a Maryland degree also. You cited one game (the FSU game) as having good attendance. Isn't that kind of the problem? Like it or not, Maryland is in a BCS conference and football is king. At most big schools, football is what pays the bills. If I am the AD and I have been told by the administration that my primary goal is to create a finacially self sufficient athletic department , I am going to look at my biggest financial opportunity (football). Empty seats, lower season ticket sales, unused luxury boxes, lower tier bowls. That is money left on the table.

And you say that Maryalnd is not a football school and basketball is king here. Ok. But does that mean that we should accept 8-4 in a mediocre conference and lose money every year. Should we just give up? I think you have to try something. I hate UNC with a passion but I think we can agree that it is a basketball school also (even moreso than here). They had the chance to hire a big name football coach in Butch Davis and they did it. First thing he did was come to this area and take some elite recruits with him. He created a buzz, sold season tickets and got recruits. His program now has issues with academic fraud but I think you could get a big name coach with a good acaddemic reputation.

I think we also can agree that the Fridge got dogged. He has been treated poorly but paid well for that treatment. But it started with Yow who whould have fired him last year if she could have found the money. As for my Michigan connection, I thought Lloyd Carr got dogged also when RichRod was hired. I understood why the move was made though. Although the team was winning, the program had gone stale. The AD at the time thought new blood was needed. That is where we are here.

Posted by: michaeliceman | December 21, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Benson,

It is well known that if a athlete gratuated and still has eligibility they can transfer without sitting out. This link shows that this applies to Al Pena.

http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/pena_al01.html

It is also well known that a player can transfer down without sitting out. Eastern Illinois is division 1AA. If O'Brien wanted, he can transfer to a division 1AA school.

The original scenario was transferring to Virginia Tech which is in conference and involves sitting out two years. If O'Brien was to transfer to another Division 1A school outside of the ACC, he will have to sit out one year and would have two years remaining. Regardless, I fully expect that Maryland will hire Leach and after O'Brien talks to Leach he will stay at Maryland and have three years of eligibility remaining.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 21, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Committment, honor, honesty, respect, loyalty-all of these were hallmarks of the program that Coach Friedgen ran and something that you would think that someone coming from West Point would value. Guess not. This move has all the karmic value of Notre Dames dumping of Tyrone Willingham for Charlie Wiest. That worked out well didn't it.
As many have pointed out , this area is not like Penn State, Nebraska, Alabama, or any of the other areas where college football is dominant. There are too many other things going on here. There may me occasional good years attendance wise but it won't be sustained.

Posted by: kenrunner | December 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Stunning!! I do not believe that Ralph is a great coach, but a good one. He has made numerous decisions (including this year) that have caused closer than necessary victories and loses that should not have happened.

That said, what an AWFUL message the University is leaving. The ACC coach of the year with a great turnaround and a good class of young players returning and JUST BEFORE a bowl game!!! Can you imagine what these players, who have played their hearts out for him, are thinking??! A game that very well might have been considered a reasonably easy win from them may very well turn out the opposite. I played the game and I would feel VERY let down and discouraged. If I were a recruit considering MD., I would think more than twice about my decision.

How does a school let go a coach with a 60% win ratio, third highest win total, ACC coach of the year award and the second largest turnaround in football go???!!! Money? Most likely. I would not wish to be a part of that university.

Posted by: budoinst | December 22, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The business side says this a good move. The Terps have been a so-so team recently. However, replacing the Fridge with this moron Leach is no improvement In ten years Fridge went 74-50 Leach 84-43....less bowl appearances, and more suspensions. I don't see a great improvement here. I would like to see the Terps break into the next level as much as anyone....their recruiting lacks and they have to move away from playing lamer programs than theirs such as the Western Michigan's etc.

Posted by: chipxxotle | December 22, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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