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Posted at 8:14 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Football players told to expect Friedgen to coach team in Military Bowl

By Steve Yanda

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has told his players to expect him to lead the team in its upcoming bowl game, according to two team sources. The Terrapins will face East Carolina in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on Dec. 29.

Friedgen has been asked by the school to accept a buyout, though the 63-year-old coach has not yet agreed to do so, according to a source close to Friedgen. Maryland finished the regular season 8-4 and Friedgen earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after turning around a program that went 2-10 in 2009.

By Steve Yanda  | December 19, 2010; 8:14 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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Comments

Good. Someone is talking to the team and my guess is it is Kevin Anderson. He is being a real leader and no doubt the team see that and is already looking forward to the new regime.

Posted by: petecard | December 19, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The story makes it completely clear that the one talking to the team is Coach Friedgen. A "real leader" would never have let this debacle occur in the first place.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | December 19, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

But... it says Fridge told the players to expect him to lead the team... ?

Posted by: NaptownTerrapin | December 19, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

You just have to sit back and laugh at Petecard's attempts to position himself as Kevin Anderson's newest super fan. Petecard goes from being "a big supporter of Ralph Friedgen" to loving the man who forced out. ONLY Petecard could pull a flip flop like that. Why did he do it, you might ask. Well, Pete saw how much we all hate the way Friedgen is being treated by Anderson and just had to find a way to be the contrarian.

Pete you really are a card.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I understand the pain, the confusion, the abject anger. In a sense, it reminds me of the Tom Landry and Don Shula ousters...

But think about it...

Mike "Freakin" Leach is coming to our town!

How many college coaches get profiled on 60 Minutes?!?!?

I still can't believe it.

Let's wrap that upper deck around to the suites. NOW!

Memorialize it, now: We'll be telling our grandkids about the glory years of MD Football from 2011 - 2020.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 19, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Fargo1, talking about flip-flopping how bout you remind us all of your posts just from these past few days.

Talk about flip-flopping........

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 19, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Great move getting Leach.. This is going to bring a lot to the University of MD

Posted by: leed191195 | December 19, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

ESPN calls Anderson's 'leadership' an embarrassing, disorganized lack of leadership. The Bmore Sun calls Anderson's leadership classless. Petecard makes him out to be the greatest leader since Winston Churchill. Why? Because everyone else has issues with him.

Hilarious

Posted by: Barno1 | December 19, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Merlin, all Terp fans hope you are right. More importantly, Kevin Anderson REALLY hopes you are right. If this move turns out to be a disaster - as it could well turn out with Leach's prior baggage - Terp fans will never let him forget it, and he will be remembered with the likes of Bob Wade - and John Slaughter, who singlehandedly brought Wade to College Park, bypassing the legendary Morgan Wootten.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | December 19, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I too love this move by Anderson. I've posed this question twice and got no answers - for all the outraged, what was the conclusion? If not now then in 1/2/3 years, Ralph was out. Why not a new AD with a new set of objectives? Stop calling people out, Barno. Your about-face over the course of like an hour last night was possibly the saddest flip-flop ever. You would've kept a modicum of dignity if you followed-through with your boycott. Instead, 10 minutes after Prisbell spelled-out the advantage of Leach, you were ready to jump back on board. Stop questioning fanhood and intelligence. Everyone has their opinion and this is what this blog comments section is for. I totally disagree with petecard on whether or not Gary is the guy but I respect his opinion. Nobody is wrong. The only person who is wrong is the guy who calls out who is and isn't a fan because they don't agree with you.

Posted by: epdaly | December 19, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice post epdaly. Just wait though because you know Fargo1 will be back with insults directed at you and your post. That's what he does.

And yeah, his flip-flop is utterly embarassing.

Of course most of us were probably hoping that if he boycotted UMD, that he'd boycott this blog, thus making it a better place for everyone else.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 19, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Looks like PoopyMcPoop/DixontheDog finally found a computer he can post comments from after 5:00 p.m. Man I wish I was a fly on the wall in the room when Poopy found out he had been banned by the WaPost. You know he went nuts like a scene out of a Nicholas Cage movie. Wonder what Poopy's mom thought when she heard that disturbing raucous coming from her basement.

You know you are going places in life when you get banned from posting comments to a public blog.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 19, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Barno...it was columnists at those outlets who said those things, not the institutions themselves. That's getting a little wishy-washy.

Leach's "baggage" consists of one event that multiple people who were there and saw can't agree over. One event. He's suing TTU and ESPN because he believes they're lying about him and hurting his professional livelihood. And it looks like they have: Many of you think he's guilty of a career of episodes like the James episode. When it was one episode. I was reminded on another board that Gary came to Maryland under NCAA suspicion and a DUI arrest. Imagine if you all sat in judgment about him on those issues, like you are about Leach.

You want to talk about him looking for jobs while employed at TTU? Okay. Fair enough. But he was paid less than almost every other coach in the Big 12 South. Wouldn't you negotiate and negotiate hard for what you thought was fair? If you thought your employer treated you unfairly and tarnished your name, wouldn't you fight for your name? Or would you let your employer destroy your career?

He's not Bob Wade. He's never had one whiff of NCAA infractions. He's graduated his players. He has no Bob Knight history. He's respected by other coaches. He ran a clean program. And he won.

We'll see if this post gets through...I'm being censored for some reason.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 20, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

It's great to hear Coach Friedgen will be at the helm when we bludgeon ECU on the 29th. My biggest concern was going into the Military Bowl without a Head Coach's leadership. I understand why many of you (my fellow TERP NATION) are anxiety stricken over Anderson's initial offer to extend Coach Friedgen, only to pull it back. But lets remember, Anderson's offer assumed that Coach Franklin would take the reigns after next year's season. Now that Franklin has departed (and reportedly several assistants are lining up to follow him) Anderson is doing what's right for the TERRAPINS.

Even if Coach Friedgen was given a three-year-extension, he would have to essentially hire a new assistant coaching staff - - - replacing those that go with Franklin to Vandy. And, I think a name like Leach (if he's ultimately the Head Coach) will be able to capitalize on this year's recruiting season and get some more tools to supplement O'Brian and our solid receiving squad.

Lets all agree to step up our support for the TERPS, regardless of who our new Head Coach will be - - - starting with our showing at the Military Bowl. If you're salty with how things have transpired with Friedgen, use the Military Bowl as a platform to express your appreciation for his service to our Program. Let our TERPS know that your support is unconditional.

Section 229, Row 9 (5, 6, 7) - - - see you at RFK.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Posted by: JEDI_TERP | December 20, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Friedgen should have some respect for our great school and state and leave now. Who does he think he is? A losing record for 5 of the last 6 seasons, is that really something to be proud of? No!

What really made me disillusioned is that he said him and his assistants haven't gotten a raise in a while. News to Coach Lardo, if you performed as badly as you did in a real job, you would have been fired.

Bring on Leach and lets hope for some real national respect instead of drama

Posted by: mkbf26 | December 20, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I think Coach Friedhen is doing the right thing - - - sticking around and coaching the TERPS at the Military Bowl. If the reports are true, several assistants coaches are currently negotiating contracts with Franklin and Vandy. We need familiar Leadership on our sideline as we rip ECU a new one.

IT'S TERRAPIN TIME!!!

Posted by: JEDI_TERP | December 20, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The Landry comment is interesting... More recently I remember Welsh being forced out at UVa for Groh. I think many UVa fans regret that decision. Time will tell with MD.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 20, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

ok, so I worked out a bit how I feel about this.

Kevin Anderson - we WILL hold you to a higher standard. I NOW expect frequent BCS Bowl bids during your tenure or UMCP better make your tenure pretty f*-ing short. You have proven yourself to be an untrustworthy bastard - so when the undergrads call me again this Saturday evening for contributions, I will tell them that I am withholding my cash to see whether you can deliver. No excuses, if DOB and Garcia xfer, T. Smith and a host of other leave early...I don't care. DO NOT EVER TELL ME AN 8 WIN season is a success - ever again...you fired the last guy for it, bee-atch. I hope we win, but if we don't YOU ARE TO BLAME. If we do, I may be won over, but it better be both immediate AND Sustained. And if you don't land Leach quickly and for LESS than he was making at TT, then I will make it a point to boo you at the next alumni event I go to. mebbe throw a tomato.

Mike Leach - you know, he's out there. And in my experience, when guys are a little out there, they become targets. He's a personality who is willing to be considered a little weird. Most folks aren't willing to be considered weird and are threatende by those who are - how many times have you seen the intelligent, hard-wroking guy at the office screwed over by a snaky back stabber (y'know, kind of like what KA comes across as). I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. His big accuser is Craig James, part of the wonderful team (wasn't he the actual squealer?) that brought SMU the death penalty. Conflicting stories all around - and even if you reach the BCS next season, it will be because of RF's players in the eyes of many Terps. So you better win the division for the forseeable future. Again, a character - I suspect you'll provide more drama in a season than RF did in a decade - maybe not just next season, but its coming. And for the record, if the accusation was remotely true, someone would have corroborated it - especially after the coach was removed and a bonus denied. It happens to folks who aren't afraid to have a personality.

to be continued -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 20, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

mkbf26 wrote,

A losing record for 5 of the last 6 seasons, is that really something to be proud of? No!

What really made me disillusioned is that he said him and his assistants haven't gotten a raise in a while. News to Coach Lardo, if you performed as badly as you did in a real job, you would have been fired.

Bring on Leach and lets hope for some real national respect instead of drama

Posted by: mkbf26 | December 20, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Fridge has had a winning record in 3 of the last 5 seasons. I have not heard of Fridge complaining about his salary, only getting an extension. Keeping assistant salaries competitive is important to attracting a quality staff.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

epdaly's got it right. There was never going to be a good time for this to happen. If you've got an opportunity to get someone high-profile like Leach, you've got to take it, especially after a once-successful program has gone stale. Check out FSU - after pushing their one and only successful coach out the door, Jimbo Fisher comes in, they play for the ACC title in his first year, and are tops in recruiting once again.

Ralphie did a lot for this program and I hope that he coaches in the Military Bowl so that we can send him off with some deserved appreciation.

One last thing - if it ends up that Leach doesn't come here and we're stuck with a Randy Edsall look-alike, this is a disaster. But I have to think that Anderson only drops this A-bomb if he's got Leach locked up...

Posted by: caphillterp | December 20, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

RF - Thank you for delivering a winner, class and a reason to be proud of my school. I will look back on your tenure as every bit as successful as Bobby Ross and hope MD honors you after the embers from this fire are long extinguished. You got screwed, no doubt. So keep the $2M for all of us to effectively flip the bird at KA. You earned it. Your wife and family earned it. Do not settle for a penny less.

DOB (and the other young studs on the FB team) - do what is right for you. If it means leaving, leave and be successful. I would hate to see it, but as young men, look out for yourselves because you really can't trust the ADept. to look out for anyone but KA's behind at this point. I hope all of you stay and deliver a great season, but understand that YOU GUYS GOT SCREWED by this. Your effort and delivery were judges sub-par by the new guy...and he'll be looking to throw someone else (other than Leach, y'know HIS guy) under the bus.

Kevin Barnes and other prominent alumni -

Speak your minds. Please. A big part of this stinks and SHOULD be pointed out by those who have actually been part of the program. Thank god you said it because it means a lot more coming from you than from me or any other commentator. Get Josh Allen and Dominique Foxworth on the phone and get their reactions.

A gauntlet has been thrown by this AD. He has said, "hold my feet to the fire, I want to win, and Winning is more likely without RF." KA, if you don't win and win big, may many a drunken frat boy pelt your car with eggs and may you walk through campus with students spitting at you.

And for all of those who have stated RF won with Vanderlinden's recruits, please adjust your assessment of any success next season as DOB, GArcia and a whole host of others were brought in by RF. So please apply the logic consistently next season.

I understand that Leach may deliver success to the program, perhaps on a degree that the university has not seen since the 1950s (y'know when carolina1 was in school...sorry, I could not resist). Probably not, but maybe. But he better for KA's sake.

There is way too much sh*t in the way this went down and it stinketh too much for me right now.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love Fargo1 trying to bring up the WaPo banning someone, when it was Fargo1 who was constantly "reporting" said poster to the WaPo. The Double-Standard One strikes again. Fargo1, recite for us again (for like the billionth time) your theory of a certain poster flying off the handle in the basement when said learned of his banishment. C'mon we haven't read it 4 trillion times before. Than you can recall for us your corny, unorignal real men of genius bit. C'mon buddy we all never tire that.

Of course we all know how Fargo1 is feeling today after yet another hard weekend. 1st he learns his boyfriend, sub-.500 Fridge is getting the axe, than he has to sit and watch as his beloved Redskins (owned by his bff Danny-Boy) lose to Dallas. Yep, can't even beat Dallas. Than of course he knows the more stable, professionally run organization right up the road in B'more beat the Super Bowl Champs. Tough, tough weekend for Fargo1.

But Fargo1, remind us all again how you're going to boycott UMD because this move is just utterly wrong, disrespectful, etc.

The Fargo1 Cabal are upset because some of us fans who want UMD to be a more elite football program can see that it is in fact being moved that way. The Mediocrity Club is none too pleased about that. 7-8 wins a year is all they needed and wanted.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

DTD -

Are you on the east coast or are you posting at 6:41 am?

Mediocrity is relative. 8 wins next year would be mediocre, anything less than the ACCCG will be mediocre.

Regarrds -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 20, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

This whole situation is troubling. Leach doesn't need to be our next coach, someone that isn't in a Shanahan-type situation would be better. Anderson and the guys at UA are making love at the promise of all the money that Leach would supposedly bring in, only exists in the imaginations of the boosters and our ridiculous AD.

Hiring the Mad Pirate would discourage me from ever rooting for the Terps football squad again and putting on a Hokie T-shirt or maybe a Pitt hat.

Just sayin.

Posted by: dcsportsfan9 | December 20, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This whole situation is troubling. Leach doesn't need to be our next coach, someone that isn't in a Shanahan-type situation would be better. Anderson and the guys at UA are making love at the promise of all the money that Leach would supposedly bring in, only exists in the imaginations of the boosters and our ridiculous AD.

Hiring the Mad Pirate would discourage me from ever rooting for the Terps football squad again and putting on a Hokie T-shirt or maybe a Pitt hat.

Just sayin.

Posted by: dcsportsfan9 | December 20, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Get real!!! I love to hear how great the Terps will be with new head coach. Reality is that they'll always be mediocre (win 7 lose 5)unless they get a guy who can recruit in his own back yard. Between the DC and Baltimore metro areas there are plenty enough 5 star recruits for the Terps to grab more than just 1 or 2 every once in a while. I'm not sure who's the answer but I'm thinking who ever takes over might strongly consider building alliances with some of the senior high school coaches in the DC and Baltimore metro areas. Oh, and while we're at, the board of regents may need to mandate lower entry standards.

Posted by: SouthernTerp | December 20, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

How did Ralph even get ACC Coach of the Year anyway? It should have been Frank Beamer at VA Teach - they went undefeated in ACC play and are going to the Orange Bowl! MD won 1 game against an ACC team with a winning record. the bar was set so low after 2-10 last year that going 5-3 in the ACC I guess was good enough for Coach of the Year but it is a meaningless award. so glad Ralph is gone - best move in a long time. We need someone with guts that isn't afraid to make changes at MD. Ralph would have been fired last year if he wasn't owed $4 Million - so this should not be a surprise. He had 3 good years with other's recruits - end of story. Him coaching in the Military bowl is a joke.

Posted by: ScottDM | December 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

How did Ralph even get ACC Coach of the Year anyway? It should have been Frank Beamer at VA Teach - they went undefeated in ACC play and are going to the Orange Bowl! MD won 1 game against an ACC team with a winning record. the bar was set so low after 2-10 last year that going 5-3 in the ACC I guess was good enough for Coach of the Year but it is a meaningless award. so glad Ralph is gone - best move in a long time. We need someone with guts that isn't afraid to make changes at MD. Ralph would have been fired last year if he wasn't owed $4 Million - so this should not be a surprise. He had 3 good years with other's recruits - end of story. Him coaching in the Military bowl is a joke.

Posted by: ScottDM | December 20, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

@ Chief2

I was wrong. It was 4 losing season since 04, but Friedgen said "My staff has not gotten a raise in a while."

I mean in the world outside of athletics, this would be uncalled for especially after a 2-10 season. I understand the importance of keeping salaries consistent, but at some point we have to take a hard look and see if its worth paying them more and more. In my opinion I don't see the value in giving Fridge an extension. Others will disagree

Posted by: mkbf26 | December 20, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"Barno...it was columnists at those outlets who said those things, not the institutions themselves. That's getting a little wishy-washy."

WheelsRI, you're right they were columnists--not syndicated columnists. I'm sure you know it is common practice to cite the publications when the writer's work only appears there.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Making more excuses eh?

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 20, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

TERPS,

Lets not dub Anderson "Lucifer" just because he's attempting to make the most out of the less-than-desirable circumstances, that he finds our Program in. All indications are that most (if not all) of the assistant coaches will follow Franklin to Vandy. If Anderson had kept his word and extended Coach Friedgen for one year - - - while Franklin (Offensive Coordinator) and Brown (Defensive Coordinator) and a hand full of other assistants leave the Program, our TERRAPINS would be in an untenable situation? How long would you be willing to give Coach Friedgen to find an entirely new staff, boost attendance, win 8+ games next year, and convince the SHADY ACC Leadership and Bowl Committees to accept us at a top-tier Bowl Game?

I haven't seen anyone upset with Franklin's decision to take the Vanderbilt HC position, in lieu of being named Coach Friedgen's Successor a year ago. So, it's okay for Franklin to back out on the TERRAPINS / the University / Anderson / me / and you. But Anderson must remain loyal to 50% of the original blueprint? Doesn't Franklin's departure mandate that Kevin Anderson immediately start looking for a long-term Head Coach? If you want that Head Coach to be Friedgen, I'm okay with that philosophy. But I'm also okay with Anderson looking at others. Our Program has only been .500-ish the past 5 years. I think we were .700+ the first 3 years of Friedgen's tenure. Coach Friedgen's been very good for our Program, but maybe it's time to take it to the next level with new blood?

Just my thoughts - - - what say you? I hope to see you all at the Military Bowl.

GO TERPS

Posted by: JEDI_TERP | December 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Barno wrote,

WheelsRI, you're right they were columnists--not syndicated columnists. I'm sure you know it is common practice to cite the publications when the writer's work only appears there.

I have never heard of that practice. If for example, Thomas Boswell is critical of the decision to bench McNabb, Sally Jenkins supports it, what do you say the Washington Post's position on the McNabb benching is?

Posted by: Chief2 | December 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Chief, you may not like this example but just off the top of my head the Drudge Report often will have a headline:

NYT: Obama's Tax Plan is Good/Bad etc

Even though it was just a columnist at the NYT.

Trust me, it's very common...though I can see your point about it not being fair (since, as you said, others at the paper may have written just the opposite).

Still, when you're not a syndicated columnist and your work only appears in one publication, this happens routinely.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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