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Posted at 6:22 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Kevin Anderson's handling of Ralph Friedgen is 'completely terrible,' Kevin Barnes says

By Barry Svrluga

Washington Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes, who played under Ralph Friedgen for five seasons at Maryland, said the way Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has handled the Terps' coaching situation is “completely terrible."

“You can put it on the record: I think it’s complete [expletive],” Barnes said Sunday after the Redskins’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Tex. "I don’t know this new AD, but to to treat an alumni like Coach Friedgen like that, who turned that program around, is completely terrible. I feel bad for those guys."

Of Mike Leach, the formerTexas Tech coach who is considered the top candidate to replace Friedgen, Barnes said: “He might be a good coach. But we don’t need to lose somebody like [Friedgen]. ... My year, two years ago, we lost 30 seniors, so definitely last year you’re going to expect some downfall. But from 2-10 [Maryland’s record in 2009] to 8-4 [this season’s record], it’s really sad. I really feel bad for those guys.”

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 6:22 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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While I appreciate Kevin's perspective, it doesnt do the University any good at this point to publicly pour more gasoline on this fire....It doesnt sound like this is up for debate and the powers that be should work as hard as possible to give Ralph all the dignity he deserves...that will serve both MD and Fridge the best.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

My problem is with the *TIMING* of this whole thing. Why let Ralph and his team know Ralph is not coming back just before the Military Bowl? Why couldn't Kevin Anderson make an announcement after the Military Bowl? Talk about a downer for the team and coach before a major game.

Kevin Anderson is a first class prick for doing this the way he is doing it.

Kevin Anderson and Mike Leach could have had a guaranteed deal in place to have Ralph replaced leading up the bowl game - then make the announcement a couple of days AFTER the game.

All I can say is it better be Mike Leach that is Ralph's replacement and not Ty Willingham. Mike Leach is the real deal. Ty Willingham? Most definitely NOT. Ty has done nothing but lose since leaving Stanford. Mike Leach is definitely at the level of coaches like Pete Carroll or a younger Steve Spurrier back in the day.
He could put Maryland on the map in a way that Ralph couldn't quite do. Still, this whole thing could have been handled much better than this.

Posted by: chaudryvijay | December 19, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that Kevin Barnes is THE MAN. Can't wait til will end up with Randy Edsall. Gotta love how so many of the fans on here are happy to thrown a fellow alum under the bus.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 19, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that Kevin Barnes is THE MAN. Can't wait til will end up with Randy Edsall. Gotta love how so many of the fans on here are happy to thrown a fellow alum under the bus.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 19, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Amen Kevin Barnes. Amen. He hit the nail on the head, Mike Leach might be a fine coach but we already had one. We had the best coach in the ACC this year and we were posed for an Orange Bowl run next year. He should have extended Friedgen for at least 3 years and the seats would have been filled next year coming off a good season and a good home schedule.


Posted by: Barno1 | December 19, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Reading through these threads has been quite the entertainment.

Thanks everyone.

Gotta love Fargo1 changing his tune on boycotting UMD. So many angry posts about abandoning UMD it was priceless.

HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

Of course if I, pete, TerpinMA or any rational poster would've said the Fargo1 Cabal would've found where we live and taken our diplomas

Look up the definition of double-standard and you'll see Fargo1.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | December 19, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I like ralph but 10 years should be the limit for any coach...

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Hmm…Kevin Barnes is "pouring gasoline on a fire?" Kevin *Anderson* blew the program up- with friggin' nitro! I'm not thinking that Kevin Barnes is expressing anything other than what all of us, that have any long term commitment to the school and the area, are feeling right now. It *is* "completely terrible" check that, reprehensible.
So you geniuses- who is going to coach the "bowl" game??? Would you if it was your butt that just got $h_t canned??? If Ralph does, he's clearly a bigger man than all of his anonymous hypocritical detractors on this board …combined!

Posted by: MrCrabbyPatty | December 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Dixon, what is interesting is that Fargo doesn't really understand the term "haters." He conveniently doesn't remember that it was my characterization for him and his venomous comments about people who want our programs to be better. He spews hate along with his buddies and that is why they are the haters. But it really doesn't matter because Maryland athletics is going our way. We finally have and AD who gets it and Barno and his F troop of Koolaid drinking lovers of mediocrity are going to have to just suck it up and maybe st*u!

Posted by: petecard | December 19, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

who cares

Posted by: rayjay1 | December 19, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson is officially an idiot and has made his own bed. He better hope that Leach or whoever is the head coach next year performs and performs quickly. I don't necessarily disagree that a change was due but clearly K. Anderson has dropped the ball on how he had handled this. The Fridge beyond earned and deserved more respect that he's gotten here. Hard to believe with the way K. Anderson has handled this that he came from the U.S. Military Academy.

Kevin Anderson will have a short stay in College Park....write that down.

Posted by: bryan91477 | December 19, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Lol..I was waiting for that post from PoopyMcPoop/Dixonthedog, so predictable! Hey Poopy did you rush to FedExKinkos on a sunday afternoon so you could use a public computer to gain access to this site?? Since we all know both your home and work computers' IP addresses have been BANNED by the WaPost? Hahaha!

Truth is dozens of readers on here said they wouldn't renew next year, not just me. As I said, time will heal all wounds. Not that I will be ever be cool with the way Anderson treated Friedgen, going back on his word and clumsily letting this entire situation unfold through media leaks. As ESPN said, what an "embarrassing, disorganized lack of leadership."

Posted by: Barno1 | December 19, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

KB is dead on how AD Anderson mishandled HC Friedgen. AD Anderson must not care to much about the outcome of the Military bowl,current players, recruits and the future of the football program. Hope to see HC Friedgen lead TERPS for one last victory. Thank you Coach Friedgen for the many good memories.

Posted by: cshort1018 | December 19, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Anderson made the right move, but used weak judgement in how he handled it. Barnes should shut his mouth and worry about making one significant play while he's still in the NFL. He has done NOTHING in the league since being drafted way too high. Anderson made a shrewd business move and you must know there are many things in play behind the scenes. Ralph likely did some things to bring it about this way..

Posted by: leed191195 | December 19, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Barnes has every right to express his views; he has just as much right as anyone who has posted and probably more than most. I am always amazed by underachievers who post on these sites, disrespecting players who have made the NFL... it is truly unbelievable! That said, I disagree with Barnes; it was more than time to make a move. The last seven years have been pretty mediocre and the empty seats and increasing number of opponents fans in the stands were signs of a program going down hill. I agree that this was handled poorly, but it was handled even worse last year, when Ralph should have been let go. I am not a big Leach fan, but let's see what happens with whoever is hired as the next coach. I am old enough to recall the uproar when Jerry Claiborne was fired and how quickly that went away when Bobby Ross started winning.

Posted by: Phillip258 | December 19, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The timing really bites, obviously. Right before a bowl game, on a big recruiting weekend, etc. Not the best time for this kind of disruption. I just read on the Sun page about O'Brien feeling lost a bit since Fridge and Franklin are both going. They even mentioned the possibility of him transferring to Vanderbilt. I knew someone would bring that up. Emotions are high right now, but hopefully the new coach will be named quickly and he can talk to the current players and recruits and make sure they don't leave. I'd prefer it if Fridge was staying, but what can you do, I guess. I just don't want to lose a lot of players. That can set you back a year or two.

Posted by: vamjf | December 19, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

You all are killing me. I mean, I agree that the timing of all this was terrible, but you have to look a bit deeper than that.

Why did this happen when it did? Anderson was asked about Fridge's future with the program--he stumbled a bit, before basically saying "no comment." Not the best answer, and he should have been prepared for it. But should he have lied? And then come out and removed Fridge in a few weeks? It is a tough move regardless, and he was probably trying to handle it all internally before things going public.

His "no comment" comment fueled a bunch of speculation--there were leaks, as there always are in these situations. I can almost guarantee the plan was to handle this internally, line up a deal with Leach, and then inform Ralph about it. The public announcement would be made after the bowl game.

Basically, I think it was a bit sloppy by Anderson, but not "mean-spirited." Unfortunate yes, sloppy yes, "first-class" prick--no. Merely falling back on the "timing" as your reason to criticize this move is lazy.

Posted by: Johnny_Lawrence | December 20, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not thinking that Kevin Barnes is expressing anything other than what all of us, that have any long term commitment to the school and the area, are feeling right now. It *is* "completely terrible" check that, reprehensible."
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Speak for yourself. As an alum, I'm happy he (Ralph is gone). Barnes can say what he wants about graduating 30 seniors and such, but thats Ralphs fault.

Posted by: JDB1 | December 20, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Under Anderson's control the Terps were invited to the eigth place ACC bowl with a third place team. He certainly hasn't impressed the bowl committees yet. So, lets hope we win the conference next year. If not, here we come Charlotte with a ten+ win season.

Posted by: utilityrep1 | December 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

When I first enrolled at Maryland, it was an academically classless school with a good athletic program. Mr, Anderson and Under Armour have succeeded in making it a good academic school (no thanks to him) with no athletic class.

Like Gary Williams, Ralph bleeds Maryland red. He and other Alumni who have supported Maryland through good and bad years deserve better treatment than that exhibited by Anderson and Under Armour.

I’d actually like to see Leach at Maryland, but I’d like to see Maryland’s current administration act with the class that Chuck Bishop, Tom Day, and George Calcott exhibited back in the 1970s when Maryland’s rise to a top level academic school began.

Let’s forget about being UCLA (or USC) and try to be little more like Berkeley and Stanford (Willingham excepted) philip.

Posted by: Flip1228 | December 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If it did not look like Ralph was going to have a great team next year they would not be trying to replace him now. It is easier to get a coach when he can see the possibility of a lot of wins coming with the team that awaits him. Remember what else Ralph did. We have not seen any articles about the football team being involved in brawls in College Park since Ralph took over. Football players are not routinely being arrested or suspended from the university as they were up until Ralph took over. Hopefully Kevin Anderson will treat Ralph with the class, honor and dignity Ralph has taught for his entire time here.

Posted by: happyid | December 20, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

How could Anderson have handled this any worse?

Is it really worth mistreating athletes in order to win?

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

OK, total lunar eclipse happening tonight. First one on the winter solstice since Rome ruled the civilized world. Stay up for it.

Another once in a lifetime event: the perfect storm of off-the-charts awful management that seems to almost totally infuse the DC area sports scene at the moment. Not sure there has ever been anything like it. Stay up for it? Might want to try moving to Boston or something instead.

Shu-yeesh. An alum who put MD football back on the map, and turned a no-hope crap team into a team that got cheated out of a good bowl it deserved. Hey, great idea! Fire Gary Williams within the week, Anderson. That will Show Everyone Around Here How Serious You Are. I'm totally down on this, man! It worked for Shanahan, didn't it?

Posted by: poorskins | December 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

First, I'm not a Maryland fan....but I do respect Ralph as a football coach and a man. I think he's a person of integrity and in no way deserves this type of exit.

Should Maryland hire Leach they're getting someone who has not proven he can beat the better teams in college football. A quick look at his record shows he does exceptionally well against teams with losing records and from the lower levels of college football.

My suggestion, fire the new AD and keep Ralph.

Posted by: jwbostic | December 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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