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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Maryland QB Danny O'Brien won't make 'rash decision,' mom says

By Eric Prisbell

Danny O’Brien, Maryland’s starting quarterback and the ACC’s rookie of the year, will wait until Ralph Friedgen’s successor is hired before he evaluates the situation and decides what’s best for the redshirt freshman, his mother said Monday.

“That would make the most sense,” Janie Wright said in a telephone interview. “Well, there is no question, that’s just where things are at. A rash decision can’t be made. We wish Coach Franklin had remained. We wish things were the way we thought the agreement was, that Coach Friedgen had remained. Apparently, others had different ideas.”

O’Brien, the cornerstone of the program, chose Maryland in large part because he saw eye-to-eye with James Franklin, the then-offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, and valued Franklin’s preparation habits and the high expectations Franklin established for quarterbacks. Franklin was named Vanderbilt’s head coach Friday.

“Things seemed to be going in such a positive direction,” Wright said. “All of the sudden, this happens. I think it’s time just not to make any rash decisions and to take it just a day at a time. As always, we’re trying to keep things up-beat and wait and see. I can speak for Danny, it has really been shocking and disappointing.”

O’Brien came to his North Carolina home Friday night and, after that, “it’s been a blur,” Wright said. His high school coach, Todd Willert, came over and the family was up late into the night talking about the coaching situation.

By Eric Prisbell  | December 20, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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Comments

Way to go Kevin Anderson. P***ing off our star QB who has 3 years of eligibility left.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Man, if O'Brien bolts for Vandy with Franklin and Torrey Smith goes to the NFL... this Leach plot will totally blow up in Anderson's face. But I think that O'Brien missing a red-shirt year + the numbers that Leach QB's have put up will keep him in College Park. I hope. I think Torrey is gone regardless of the coaching situation.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Reading between the lines, DOB is deciding between Vandy or VaTech, where Fridge will probably head to next to coach with his buddy Beamer. There's no doubt he's strongly considering transferring right now, and anything outside of the ACC, he might even get some sympathy from the ACC considering how Anderson has handled this mess.

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

It'll be hilarious if he ends up at Vandy or Va Tech.

It's kind of what Anderson and Plank deserve.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

gotta figure VA TECH for both DOB and Ralph (although depending on the contract RF may have sit out the year)... this is going from "awesome comeback year" to "total and complete bull"

Posted by: terp51 | December 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Right, so Danny is going to sacrifice a year of eligibility to go play on the worst team in the SEC and one of the worst programs in America OR sacrifice two years (in conference, if in some fantasy land scenario we actually released him to VT) to play at a conference rival?

Do you people have the slightest idea about how things work in CFB before you post these comments?

Posted by: JTerp | December 20, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Right, so Danny is going to sacrifice a year of eligibility to go play on the worst team in the SEC and one of the worst programs in America OR sacrifice two years (in conference, if in some fantasy land scenario we actually released him to VT) to play at a conference rival?

Do you people have the slightest idea about how things work in CFB before you post these comments?

Posted by: JTerp | December 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah, blah. When is the Terps' next basketball game?

Posted by: Rational_Man | December 20, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was an affirmitive action hire and a token, his choice of Mike Leach is a joke.

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

If Leach is the guy, his first order of business has to be to persuade DOB to stay. This will be paramount! Leach will score mucho points w/ alum & the public if he can pull this off, & it will probably be a huge help in recruiting. (I know, this is a "duh" post!)

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

We need to skip all the "Search Committee" nonsense and hire Leach now. The longer this takes, the more likely we are to lose recruits and current players like DOB. Rip the bandaid now.

Posted by: srcog | December 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was an affirmitive action hire and a token, his choice of Mike Leach is a joke.

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

Careful. People on this board aren't comfortable accepting this and will call you a racist for making such a suggestion (even though deep down they probably know it's true that Anderson got the job because of his skin color, after all, "affirmative hiring is part of our fabric here at Maryland" according to our former AD).

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I understand O'Brien is confused right now, but Leach is a highly qualified coach with a great reputation for his offense. Seems like he would benefit from three years in the new system. At least now he won't be pulled three times a game for the back up to run a two yard QB option.

Posted by: BShea821 | December 20, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Right, so Danny is going to sacrifice a year of eligibility to go play on the worst team in the SEC and one of the worst programs in America OR sacrifice two years (in conference, if in some fantasy land scenario we actually released him to VT) to play at a conference rival?

Do you people have the slightest idea about how things work in CFB before you post these comments?

Posted by: JTerp | December 20, 2010 1:15 PM
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Amen JTERP. It would make no sense whatsoever for O'Brien to transfer. He has already redshirted why would he sit out again?

Posted by: ams1986 | December 20, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

JTERP, you are absolutely right!! DOB would be the fool to move what with Leach coming in! Hell, Graham Harrell finished 3rd in Heisman voting at Tech. What, DOB is going to start for VaTech in 2013? Or Vanduy in 2012 at age 23? Nope.
DOB will be here next year and guide the Terps to some Orange treats.

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 20, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

At least now he won't be pulled three times a game for the back up to run a two yard QB option.

Posted by: BShea821

Amen That drove us crazy last year

Posted by: elpol | December 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

there are 2 other qbs with similar or higher rankings; i doubt they all leave because of philosophical differences on scheme

besides dob hasn't talked to the new coach to get the other side of the story on scheme

finally, dob already had a rs yr, so if he transfers he loses a full yr of playing time

Posted by: winterps1 | December 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

heck i didn't realize this was another prisbell drive by, sorry for clicking on it

Posted by: winterps1 | December 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Exactly correct JTerp. Most of these folks don't understand the rules at all.

I would be very surprised is Danny O'Brien left. The new guy will come in and say just the things he wants to hear.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

O'Brien won't end up at VA Tech. He's a redshirt freshman and will have to sit out two years instead of just one because he's transferring within the ACC. That would leave O'Brien with just one year of eligibility left.

Now if he goes to Vanderbilt, he would lose only one year on the transfer.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

TERP NATION,

Please read the written comments from O'Brian's Mom (this article) and Kevin Anderson, with respect to Coach Friedgen's future status as the TERP's HC. This is NOT Kevin Anderson's fault. This all falls on James Franklin. He was named coach-in-waiting a year ago. Yet, it was Franklin's solo decision to turn his back on the TERRAPIN FAMILY and head to Vanderbilt. Franklin clearly doesn't believe the foundation that we have at MARYLAND - - - including Danny O'Brian. If he did, he would have remained with the TERPS - - - ad took over the program. When Anderson agreed to honor Coach Friedgen's contract through next year, the decision was based on the agreement that Franklin would take the reigns. O'Brian should be disappointed with James Franklin -- NOT Kevin Anderson. How will Coach Friedgen be able to recruit a freshman class worth its weight in OldBay, with NO ASSISTANTS? Remember, they're fleeing with Franklin. So, be upset with those that are abandoning us - - - not the guy who's trying to make the most of Franklin's and those that choose to bail, disloyalty.

Coach Friedgen can't rebuild his assistant coaching staff, recruit a competitive freshman class, boost attendance, and convince an already SUSPECT ACC Leadership to stop conspiring with SHADY Bowl Committees to keep the TERPS in bottom rung Bowl games - - - all in one year.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE

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

Wait...do any of you really think DOB is going anywhere if MD lands Leach? To VaTech? A team built for mobile QBs wants a pro-style DOB as QB? And DOB wants to go to Vandy to be a punching bag? Yeah, Jay Cutler made it out of there...name another Vandy QB who has succeeded in the NFL? James Franklin will be on job life support during DOB's senior year in CP.

If Leach comes to MD, you think DOB doesn't want to throw for 4K yards and 35 TDs NEXT year? He'll get legit Heisman hype by his junior season under Leach. You think he wants to sit out two years and have to compete for a starting job at VT? As we've seen, he's a smart kid.

You all are nuts. Everyone ranting on here needs to stop with the histrionics. Leach coming to CP makes it more likely for Torrey Smith to return for a 5th year. Under Leach, Smith becomes a Top 5 pick in the draft. He's faster than Crabree but needs to refine his route running and number of dropped passes.

No team in the ACC has 5 DBs who can cover. Advantage Mike Leach...because MD will have 5 very good receivers to get the ball to. Tony Logan will be Wes Welker. Right now, Logan only returns punts. Ronnie Tyler will torment teams in the slot. Adrian Coxsan will be ACC Freshman of the year at WR.

I understand everyone being upset with how Anderson handled this and how terrible this is for Ralph. But get a grip. Mike Leach will win 10 games next year, including against WVU and Notre Dame. He has no more "baggage" than Gary had coming to CP in 1989.

Byrd will sell out for the season. And Barno...please stop quoting attendance averages. At least quote % filled. Byrd expanded twice during Ralph's tenure. What was Byrd's capacity under Claiborn and Ross? 40K-ish? Comparing attendance figures as averages or even raw totals is an apples to oranges comparison between Ralph and anyone who came before him.

Yes, we can thank Ralph for the success that led to those expansions. But those expansions and his success turned out to be his downfall. I get that people are mad, but must everyone lose their minds, too?

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was an affirmitive action hire and a token, his choice of Mike Leach is a joke.

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

Careful. People on this board aren't comfortable accepting this and will call you a racist for making such a suggestion (even though deep down they probably know it's true that Anderson got the job because of his skin color, after all, "affirmative hiring is part of our fabric here at Maryland" according to our former AD).

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 1:29 PM

Both of you: please leave race out of it.

Apparently it is normal to hire only one race for centuries for both AD and HC of football. But let one person of a different race be hired? Then the racial insults start. I'm sure Anderson was hired because he was the best person for the job that the committee found. Can't you even imagine that possibility?

Let's just talk about football here, OK? People of all races read these blogs, and a few of us do not appreciate the insults. And no, I have not used the term "racist" to describe the above types of comments, and others who ask you not to dwell on race have not done so either. You are making that up. Why should names be called?

Posted by: EdDC | December 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

O'Brien won't end up at VA Tech. He's a redshirt freshman and will have to sit out two years instead of just one because he's transferring within the ACC. That would leave O'Brien with just one year of eligibility left.

Now if he goes to Vanderbilt, he would lose only one year on the transfer.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

You don't lose years of eligibility when you transfer. You just sit out, and the rules can be bent in certain circumstances. If he were to transfer this winter, he would still have 3 years f eligibility left regardless of what school he goes to. Have you ever heard of Jeramiah Masoli, the scorned Oregon QB who wound up playing his final season at Mississippi, or how about Mitch Mustane, who played snaps for 3 different BCS schools over 6 years, or how about Cam Netwon, who played at a community college and two different SEC schools. Intraconference transfers are rare, but have been done before. However, I've never seen the ACC enforce the 2-year rule on players before, and this would be one of those situation that the ACC would have to sent a precident with such a high profile player. I wouldn't rule it out, and regardless of the new coach's stature and ability, there are going to be a lot of players who are part of a rising, talented team that are going to leave, downgrading the chances the Terps will compete next year for an ACC Title. Even if DOB stays, the new coach has a pretty stiff schedule to deal with next season (ND, WVU, Temple, Miami, @FSU, Clemson, @NCSU, UVA, @GaTech, BC, @Wake, and Towson), and I just can't see a whole new system being put into place with the shell of a team after all the defections and transfers to improve upon what Fridge accomplished this season.

What frustrates me more than anything about this is that this mess is being done to a team that is clearly on the rise. The defense had just clicked into Don Brown's system, and was looking to become an elite squad next season in the 3rd year of his complicated scheme. The new coach does seem to have any interest in playing defense, so all of the improvement and pain over the past 2 years was WASTED. The offense was also starting to make significant strides in Franklin's offense, and while the play calling was often attrocious, you could see the comfort the players had in the system, which is a natural extention of Fridge's pro-style minus the option and motion sets. A freshman QB put up HUGE number with an offensive line that was the weakest part of the team and a running game that disappeared as the season progressed. However, the line made improvements throughout the season, and was on track to being very strong next season, and without major tweaking in the offense would probably lead to even better protection for DOB and more holes for the running game. Again, two years of experience and the pain of playing young kids, burning redshirts, and normal growing pains WASTED.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 20, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

TERPS AND REDSKINS TO SQUARE OFF IN CONGENIALITY BOWL

COLLEGE PARK, MD -- In the run-up to the inaugural Military Bowl December 29 at Washington’s RFK stadium between the University of Maryland and East Carolina, bowl organizers are planning to unveil a special surprise at a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. this afternoon at the University of Maryland.

It is rumored the UMD football program has earned the right to represent their university at a second game in the college post-season bowl series – playing in the first-ever “Miss Congeniality Bowl” on January 2 at FEDEX Field against the National Football League’s Washington Redskins.

In a strange turn of events, the Redskins suddenly found themselves with an open date on January 2 when their original opponent, the New York Giants, decided to forego the remainder of the regular season, and rest their players for the beginning of the NFL post-season play on January 8. The Giants are a virtual lock to make the post-season playoffs, despite a close loss to division rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, while the Washington Redskins have been eliminated from post-season playoff contention since last January, when it hired Mike Shanahan as head coach and executive vice president for football operations. And rather than risk a travel accident or insult their fans by showing up to play in such a meaningless exhibition game against the hapless Redskins –- Giants head coach Tom Coughlin decided it would be “just safer all around” to forfeit the game to the Redskins.

That left an open date for the Redskins --and a potential hole in the wallet of team-owner Dan Snyder -- who had been counting on using revenue from the game with the Giants to buy a few space heaters for the Dulles Airport aircraft hanger his team occasionally uses during poor weather, in lieu of a dedicated indoor training facility for the team.

“It just seemed the right thing to do,” explained an anonymous source inside the Redskins front office who insisted that we should not identify him as Bruce Allen.

“Here we had a team –- the Maryland Terrapins -- that just knocked itself out all year, and all just to earn a berth in a bowl game that will take place a mere 7 miles from its home campus. And for that, they fired their head coach, Ralph Friedgen, with a year left to go on his current contract.

"And then we had another team – the 5-9 Washington Redskins -- left ‘standing at the altar’ by another team that would rather forfeit than play us in another meaningless exhibition game and risk somebody getting hurt.”

The inside source continued, “So we decided to put a brave face on it and make the best of the situation -– and launch the Miss Congeniality Bowl –- as a way to recognize all of those hardworking but undistinguished players who will usually come up short and never make it to the big time.”

Posted by: Vic1 | December 20, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

EdDC, I really wish you weren't so naive. I wish you knew that discriminating to make up for past discrimination has been ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. And yes, a few nutcases on this board have called people 'racists' for stating their opposition to race-based hiring, including TerpfanMA and epdaly.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"This is NOT Kevin Anderson's fault. This all falls on James Franklin. He was named coach-in-waiting a year ago. Yet, it was Franklin's solo decision to turn his back on the TERRAPIN FAMILY and head to Vanderbilt. Franklin clearly doesn't believe the foundation that we have at MARYLAND - - - including Danny O'Brian. If he did, he would have remained with the TERPS - - - ad took over the program. When Anderson agreed to honor Coach Friedgen's contract through next year, the decision was based on the agreement that Franklin would take the reigns. O'Brian should be disappointed with James Franklin -- NOT Kevin Anderson."

But Anderson didn't even make an offern to Franklin to stay. Why should Franklin even consider staying if his AD doesn't even make a pitch to keep him at Maryland. Vandy obviously found the $1mil to offset the HCIW contract stipulation, but it's clear the Anderson never had any desire to honor that contract, and was willing to eat the $1million. Franklin's early departure gave Anderson the excuse, and extra $1million in the bank, to move on bringing in a new HC a year earlier than he thought when he took this job. This is all Anderson's plan, NOT Franklin's or Friedgen's. Players and fans have every reason to be upset with the AD because he is clearly had plans to change coaches since he took this job. The events of the past month have just given him the ability to make this move a year sooner than originally planned. He didn't necessarily lie to fans when he said Fridge would be back in 2011, not knowing at the time that Franklin would bolt, but he wasn't honest in stating his desire to go in this new direction. This situation would have been better if everyone just kept their mouth shut. Anderson is the cause of this mess, and yes, everyone should be a little peeved about the way this is going down, regardless how much you may like the new coach.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

EdDC, I really wish you weren't so naive. I wish you knew that discriminating to make up for past discrimination has been ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. And yes, a few nutcases on this board have called people 'racists' for stating their opposition to race-based hiring, including TerpfanMA and epdaly. Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 2:40 PM

No insults please, Barno.

It is not race-based, discriminatory, or unconstitutional to hire someone who is not white for a job that has only gone to whites ever since the job started at the University. Gary Williams, Brenda Frese and the other fine Terps on the committee recommended the best person, and that person just happened to be of a different race than has usually been the case for that job. Believe it or not, race is a very minor consideration when you go to hire the best people--there are so many other more important characteristics than race when evaluating someone. That's why you should just leave race out of it.

And I'll bet you can't find one person who called you "racist" when you have interjected race into these discussions, as you often have.

Posted by: EdDC | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@Russtinator,

What's happening my fellow TERP! I hope, at the end of the day, you're still going to be at the Military Bowl to support our TERPS.

If you read Kevin Anderson's remarks, he confirmed that MARYLAND didn't "counter-offer" Vanderbilt's offer to Franklin. Which means (the way I read it) the job was Franklin's, under the legacy Debbi Yow agreement. I admit there's plenty of room for debate on whether or not Anderson should have given Franklin a "blind raise" absent any HC performance precedents. But I don't think there's any debating the fact that Franklin chose to leave.

For the record, I only care that the TERPS be given the best opportunity to succeed. If that's Leach, fine. It it's someone else, I'm cool with that too.

BTW - - - Section 229, Row 9 (5, 6, 7). Stop by and give me a shout out, cool?

PROTECT THIS HOUSE

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

Do you people have the slightest idea about how things work in CFB before you post these comments?

Posted by: JTerp

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You haven't heard of waivers for extenuating circumstances?

You don't think that your offensive coordinator and head coach leaving the program would qualify you?

Guess again, expert.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

And I'll bet you can't find one person who called you "racist" when you have interjected race into these discussions, as you often have.

Posted by: EdDC | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

We can agree to disagree about whether race is a "very small factor", tho the studies on literally hundreds of schools across the country back me up on this (race is not just one factor, it is often THE determining factor). But as far as your above statement that no one has called me a racist for opposing race-based hiring: please. TerpfanMA and epdaly repeatedly cried racism at my stance, a stance that the overwhelming majority of the American public agree with: race should play no role in employment, promotions, admissions, contracting, etc.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Barno is just crying affirmative action because Anderson isn't doing what Barno wants him to do. I have a feeling that if the AD offered Barno luxury box seats to all games and gave Friedgen and Gary Williams lifetime contracts, someone wouldn't be so concerned with racial matters. Face the facts - Maryland won a lot of games this year and no one came. Universities are in the athletics business to make money and sell tickets, not to be loyal to your heroes. A change was needed and they're making a change. I'm not sure why you (who, as far as we know, do not have a job in a collegiate athletic department) think you are more qualified to make these decisions than anyone else. Despite whatever cockeyed reasoning you're using, they weren't going to sell out next year just because they beat eight teams (most of whom were not very good) this year. No one is complaining about the team's performance this year; they just didn't make any money. I hope that when all this is resolved and there's a new coach, you'll go back to your regular annoying banter and get off the "Anderson must go" soapbox, because it's pointless and it looks stupider than usual.

Posted by: spret07 | December 20, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"Right, so Danny is going to sacrifice a year of eligibility to go play on the worst team in the SEC and one of the worst programs in America OR sacrifice two years (in conference, if in some fantasy land scenario we actually released him to VT) to play at a conference rival?

Do you people have the slightest idea about how things work in CFB before you post these comments?

Posted by: JTerp | December 20, 2010 1:16 PM"
-->I doubt he'll transfer, this stuff happens everytime there is a coaching change. There's a reason they require you to sit out a year, it's deterrent so a mass exodus won't transfer. Otherwise, everytime a QB got benched, you'd have to worry about them transferring. That being said, I wouldn't rule out the possibility he or others transfer. They came to play for Fridge(and Franklin) and now they are playing for someone else. My guess is there is an 75% DOB will be back, if anything sitting out would hurt his long-term prospects in the NFL Draft. Transferring is more for Freshman (and some sophomores) who can't fit into the system then someone in DOB's case. Regardless, Kevin Anderson after finding the next HC, must make it a priority to keep DOB.

Posted by: break20 | December 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Barno is just crying affirmative action because Anderson isn't doing what Barno wants him to do.

Posted by: spret07 | December 20, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Spret07,

If I am only questioning whether affirmative action played a role in Anderson's hire because he isn't doing what I what I want him to do, then why did I say the exact same thing the day Anderson was hired?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2010/09/armys_kevin_anderson_to_be_nam.html

Hmmmm...kinda makes your theory look silly doesn't it?

I, as did others, wanted Prisbell to ask UMD officials whether race was a factor. It seems too coincidental that the final two candidates for the job--Kevin Anderson and Warde Manuel--were both black. The chances of that happening by accident seemed quite unlikely, probably less than 1%.

And look, I am glad we finally have at least one female voice on here, but it's too bad that it's you Ms. Nillew, because most of the time you don't know what you are talking about.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

After O'Brien talks to Leach and realizes how much fun it is to play QB in a Mike Leach offense, he'll stay. He'll also know that Leach will be able to recruit in the DC area.

Who knows - maybe Leach will recruit a few TX blue chippers? The key point is his mom stated, "A rash decision can’t be made."

He isn't going anywhere.

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

Barno, it's strange that you feel the need to keep bringing up my gender.[insert remark about Barno's lack of female interaction] I'm not sure why you are so obsessed with people's gender and race. It is not always a key factor in their actions. Keep this in mind.

Either way, I'm still confused as to why you can't grasp the fact that they are getting rid of Fridge because they weren't selling tickets. I'm not saying this is good or bad. Bottom line is what matters, old Barno. But if it makes you feel better to believe that your coach of coaches is being let go because Maryland hired an inferior AD based on his skin color, be my guest. But it should be pretty clear to you that you don't have much support or agreement from anyone here on that issue.

In fact, for all of your superfan #1 proclamations, it seems like the bulk of your time is spent criticizing and scolding and pasting and mocking and talking down to people and telling anyone who doesn't echo you that they don't have any idea what they're talking about. Maybe if you focused more on the good feelings that Maryland inspires in you and ignored people trying to get a rise out of you, your life would be easier. At this point, I don't see what positives Maryland athletics or this message board are bringing to your life. Just a thought. You can feel free to call me a stupid lady now since that is relevant.

Posted by: spret07 | December 20, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Who knows - maybe Leach will recruit a few TX blue chippers?

Posted by: nativedc

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Leach didn't even get TX blue chippers when he was in Texas. His recruiting classes were more like Maryland's, so he might be a good match in that respect.

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey I am a lady Terp too! (guess there are more than one us on here :) I think Barno1 is right about Anderson. He probably got the job partially because he's African American, diversity is a big deal at the University. Though no knock against him, I'm sure he was well qualified since he was already an AD at Army.

Posted by: jj94_Terp | December 20, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Please stop being so short sighted. This is the best thing to happen to MD Football. Change had to happen. Hopefully now you Alumni will start donating to the program! Ralph had 10 years and only 1 time did MD go to a BCS game. Everyone likes to complain about James Franklin leaving and such. BS! Franklin will last if he's lucky 3 years at Vandy. He's recruiting against the top schools in the country. With Vandy's academic standards and Maryland-type faciilities, no top recruits will be going there. Kids want to be on TV every week and play in front of 80k + people every week. That's not Vandy and that's not MD. MD can't even sell out a 50k stadium!

Kevin Anderson did the right thing for the program and you have to believe you finally have an administration who understands what it's going to take to be a major program. Hopefully DOB will stick around and be a part of taking MD to the next level.

Every big time program has 1 thing in common....MONEY! MD has more alumni in a 90 mile radius than any other school, but can't raise 2 cents. THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM! You desperately need new facilities, especially an indoor practice facility.

It's your turn Aluni, start by more donating and less complaining and see how your program grows!

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

"I'm not sure why you are so obsessed with people's gender and race."

Lol. Yeah, the people who want a colorblind process and DON'T want race to play any role in hiring decisions are the ones "obsessed with race", while the ones who DO want race to play a factor in the hiring process are not the ones "obsessed." Riiiight.

Thanks for the laugh! Sorry but you have things about as backwards as you could.

Posted by: terp4lifer | December 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why Vandy didn't want Leach?

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"it seems like the bulk of your time is spent criticizing and scolding" -Gnillew9
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Stop saying "ick nast." You are the only one that says it and it was possibly topical a year ago.

And Sandra doesn't need to come out and deny personal details that were invented by who knows who. Give me a break.

You lame-up this comment section like no other.

Posted by: Gnillew9 | April 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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Jen, here on Lizard Island we don't say "Speidi," we call them the more odious-sounding "Heincer."
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That'll show 'em!!

Posted by: Gnillew9 | July 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Immature AND not funny.

Posted by: Gnillew9 | August 30, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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Seems to me gnillew9 (who said she posts here under the name spret07) is giving new name to the term hypocrite. She has no problem going around picking fights on message boards and calling people names, but then she comes on the Terps Insider once in a while when big news breaks and complains about other people spending "bulk of your time is spent criticizing and scolding."

Too funny

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

See, I knew I wasn't the ONLY female reading.

Terp4lifer, could you point out where I said that I think race should play a factor in hiring? I don't recall ever saying that since I don't believe it, so I'm curious why you're implying it. Just saying that unless Barno was a fly on the wall of the conference room with the search committee, I'm not sure how he can say with 99% confidence that Anderson was hired solely on the basis of his skin color and therefore is incompetent. He shouts often that Yow said something confirming her hiring practices, but I have a feeling Yow wasn't on the committee to replace herself. Like jj94 said, Anderson was already a Div. 1 AD which should be qualification enough. It's not like they hired a middle school PE teacher from inner-city Baltimore.

Posted by: spret07 | December 20, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I'll say this last comment, and that's it for me, no matter how insulting the next Barno comment is.

Imagine how it must feel for a person to hear that the reason he or she got a job was "race." No, it is never good judgment, experience, decisiveness under pressure, how well you manage and balance budgets, but race. Therefore, you can never be truly successful in the minds of some. I know this goes on all the time, all over America, and so people get used to it--but what an insult! Someday we will get beyond this.

Anderson's decisions so far have been (1) not to try to retain James Franklin and (2) to move on to selecting a new coach with a deliberative search process. This is not remotely "racial." So let's talk football, OK?

Posted by: EdDC | December 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Barno, the act is getting tired now. You never can seem to stay on topic. This is a Maryland Terrapins message board. Why are you pasting things from 6 months ago from another section about celebrities? Whenever someone tries to sanely discuss your nutty Maryland rants and get some insight into your motives, you always go and dig up unrelated posts and tell people to get out of their basement instead of defending or elaborating on what you said.

In summary, I said: "They are getting rid of Fridge because they didn't sell tickets and they want a change in the program. They need to make money over all else. Good or bad. This cannot be argued. You need to lighten up."

You said: "Anderson was hired because he's black. He should be fired for firing Fridge. You're a girl. You made fun of people talking about celebrities a long time ago. I win now and always."

Posted by: spret07 | December 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Anderson's decisions so far have been (1) not to try to retain James Franklin and (2) to move on to selecting a new coach with a deliberative search process. This is not remotely "racial." So let's talk football, OK?
Posted by: EdDC | December 20, 2010 5:41 PM

Too much sanity, too much sanity! EdDC, to expect football talk and not personal vendettas here is ridiculous, unfortunately. Although you're right in all your posts on these matters.

Posted by: spret07 | December 20, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I promise my next post wont be in book format,

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | December 20, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

WOW, I go to the Bahamas for a week and come back to snow on the ground, no football coach, DOB is bout to go try to be the next Jay Cutler and my fav topic other than sex (race) is on the comment board lol... This is awesome! Sports, Democracy (sometimes), Freedom, Fat people, Reality TV & Racism, now thats America lol... So let me start by saying the proverbial "I told you so" (yes I know it didn't happen yet but...) DOB will more than likely be studying at Vandy THIS Spring! UNLESS we get a new coach in there and he convinces DOB to stay. DOB will still have 2 yrs left and will be 22 yrs old by the time he is a Sr. Thats plenty of time for JF to get him ready for the next level.

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | December 20, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

As for our new AD being a affirmative action hire is crazy. race DOES (unfortunately) play a roll in EVERYTHING in this country whether we like it or not. Its a part of our fabric, its in the county's DNA it can't be avoided. I personally have been a victim of it MANY times in my life, its not fun but it is what it is. You just gotta understand that there are people who just see things 1 way and wont change and that's fine, this is America right? There is always gonna be "that guy". Can we just try and keep the race topic off the boards, this isn't the SEC blog lol, you guys should read the SEC comments when Franklin was hired lol... You guys do know that Coach Franklin is a brotha right??? I know, I know, he doesn't look like Wesley Snipes or Denzel lol but he is a brotha. So why on Earth would the new Brotha, that just got hired, let him go to hire a white dude (Leach)? If Anderson was trying to make the Maryland AD look like Grambling he would of given Franklin anything he wanted to stay. On the other hand, if he hires Tyrone Willingham as the new HC, the New Mexico coach Mike Locksley (DC native) as the OC/recruiting coordinator, Spike Lee as the Video coordinator and Tyler Perry as the new PR Director then yes, I would agree he's trying to hire all brothas to make up for the 400 years of race issues in America lol.

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | December 20, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"TERP NATION,

Please read the written comments from O'Brian's Mom (this article) and Kevin Anderson, with respect to Coach Friedgen's future status as the TERP's HC. This is NOT Kevin Anderson's fault. This all falls on James Franklin. He was named coach-in-waiting a year ago. Yet, it was Franklin's solo decision to turn his back on the TERRAPIN FAMILY and head to Vanderbilt. Franklin clearly doesn't believe the foundation that we have at MARYLAND - - - including Danny O'Brian. If he did, he would have remained with the TERPS - - - ad took over the program. When Anderson agreed to honor Coach Friedgen's contract through next year, the decision was based on the agreement that Franklin would take the reigns. O'Brian should be disappointed with James Franklin -- NOT Kevin Anderson. How will Coach Friedgen be able to recruit a freshman class worth its weight in OldBay, with NO ASSISTANTS? Remember, they're fleeing with Franklin. So, be upset with those that are abandoning us - - - not the guy who's trying to make the most of Franklin's and those that choose to bail, disloyalty.

Coach Friedgen can't rebuild his assistant coaching staff, recruit a competitive freshman class, boost attendance, and convince an already SUSPECT ACC Leadership to stop conspiring with SHADY Bowl Committees to keep the TERPS in bottom rung Bowl games - - - all in one year.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE


Posted by: JEDI_TERP | December 20, 2010 2:24 PM"
-->If you watched the news conference, Franklin left because he was NOT guaranteed the head coaching position.

I don't blame Franklin for leaving in the least because he might not get that opportunity again. I actually don't really blame Anderson for that because it was Yow who made the initial "coach-in-waiting" agreement.

However, I do blame Anderson for firing the COY. There's no doubt in my mind Fridge could still coach, first of all he's 63 not 83. Second of all, I think he wouldn't have had a problem getting a good QB coach and/or offensive coordinator to coach one of the best freshman QBs in the country.

It was never about that, this was all about Anderson changing the direction of this team. The age, weight, being able to recruit, etc are all just smokescreens. Anderson wants his guy, he has no ties to Fridge. If Yow were still here, I doubt this would've happened.

Posted by: break20 | December 20, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What Soul Brotha #1 Anderson is doing to RF is wrong, he should of done it better. RF deserves better than this, they should add him to the Ring of Honor for what he did. When I was a frosh in 98' NOBODY was going to the football games!! RF (and GW) upgraded the entire AD, we got a better baseball field, on which I hit a Grand slam on against Loyola hehe, the practice FB field got upgraded, the soccer & field hockey fields all got major reno's. RF as far as I am concerned should be in UMD sports HOF. But back to present day Terps, I feel that they need to hire Leach and really REALLY keep Brown on the staff. Coach Brown is a hell of a coach.. Soul Brotha #1 needs to hire Leach on Tuesday after the game, re-sign Brown on Wednesday, then get Locksley as the new recruiting coordinator b4 the Winter Session classes end. Locksley may not be a good coach but he can recruit just see his track record. But if DOB leaves CP for Vandy I promise not to say I told you so... I dont want to be "that guy". Personally I think (& hope) he stays if we get Leach. DOB could easily be the ACC POY in Leaches' pass happy offense and even a possible Heisman candidate by his Jr. or Sr year. The idea of him going to VTech is just as dumb as saying Soul Brotha #1 was a affirmative action hire. He might sit out 1 year but he wont sit out 2 years. I hope the following happen-1: Leach signs, 2: DOB stays and 3: the NFL goes on strike (thus keeping Torrey Smith & Kenny Tate). If Soul Brotha #1 can pull of the 1st 2 of those then he can expect ticket sales to go up and the Terps to be in the news next year as they contend for a ACC title. Until then we should all email Plank and ask him to speed up the "Oregon Plan". There is no reason Plank & UMD can't duplicate what Oregon & Phil Knight are doing....Then they could play each year and call it the Sweat Shop Bowl lol! OK im out time to go home and finish unpacking.

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | December 20, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"He didn't necessarily lie to fans when he said Fridge would be back in 2011, not knowing at the time that Franklin would bolt, but he wasn't honest in stating his desire to go in this new direction."
-->Franklin leaving wasn't exactly a far-fetched possibility, knowing that he was a hot commodity. Instead of making such a statement as a "vote of confidence" for Fridge and not following through on it, he should have just said, "will talk about the future after the season."

Posted by: break20 | December 20, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"If you read Kevin Anderson's remarks, he confirmed that MARYLAND didn't "counter-offer" Vanderbilt's offer to Franklin. Which means (the way I read it) the job was Franklin's, under the legacy Debbi Yow agreement."
-->The agreement just said if Franklin was still there on some date in January 2012, Franklin would be owed a $1 million if he didn't become HC. This was a ploy just to get him to stay and not take other offers.

Anderson said today he would be under consideration but he could not GUANRATEE he would have the job. I think he wanted new blood so I don't think he had much of a chance and forgoed a million to start coaching next year.

Posted by: break20 | December 20, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you were a qb it would really suck to play for a coach who wanted you to throw the ball all the time and pile up huge stats. Yea, right, O'Brien is going to give up a year because he admires Franklin's work habits.

Posted by: spidey103 | December 20, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

All University of Maryland Student-Athletes should immediately refuse to play any further games in all sports (including both basketball teams) until Ralph Fridgen is reinstated as the Terps football coach. There was absolutely no reason for a new AD to unjustly fire Fridgen so the new AD can move Maryland athletics 'forward.' Firing Fridgen has moved Maryland athletics BACKWARD instead.

Furthermore, all fans of the Terps should boycott the Military Bowl too. Terps players should allow East Carolina to win the game too purposely embarrass the new AD.

Who the heck is this Kevin Anderson to come into Maryland and destroy the coaching relations between Fridgen and his players.

It is NOT Ralph Fridgen that has to leave Maryland, rather the new AD should leave and go back to wherever he came from.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | December 20, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

UnderArmour, it is time to get the cough-cough, moneybag out and pay the kid....

Posted by: rhall2 | December 20, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Prisbell any way you could follow Franklin to Nashville? Take Yanda with you.

Posted by: AtlantaTerp | December 20, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I like Ralph and appreciated what he did for the University. But the problem is that Md.Football is no longer relevant. Not just nationally, it's not relevant on a local level. Being sentimental won't make it relevant either!! Count your money Ralph and enjoy your retirement.

Posted by: illslope | December 20, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Spret07/Gnillew9 really is out of her league. This poor girl can't even figure out how to post under just one name, now she's just babbling nonsense.

Since apparently she can't remember things as far back as this afternoon, let me refresh her memory:

1) Some guy said Anderson was an affirmative action hire
2) I responded "Careful. People on this board aren't comfortable accepting this and will call you a racist for making such a suggestion"
3) Ms. GNillew then injected yourself into the conversation with a weird comment about how I'm only saying he got the job because of affirmative action because he's not doing what I want.
4) I respond with a post that absolutely crushes her theory, pointing that I have been saying this was an affirmative action hire since the day he got hired and provided a link to my earlier comments as proof.
5) She responds by detracting from the original point and whining about my criticizing her
6) I again destroy this argument by pointing out how hypocritical she is with a series of her comments in which she demonstrate all she ever does is criticize people and pick fights on message boards
7) Last but not least, she again detracts, this time inventing a series of comments that never occurred.

I suggest she stick to commenting on Sandra Bullock's breakup, the Emmy's, The Hills, Sandra bullock's breakup, and Jessica Simpson's new love interest...you know, the topics where she has some semblance of a clue what she is talking about.

A few of Ms. GNillew's greatest hits:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/04/sandra_bullock_says_theres_no.html

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/07/the_hills_heads_for_the_hills.html

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/08/emmy_awards_2010_the_fashion_b.html

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/11/hey_isnt_that_jessica_simpson.html

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Imagine how it must feel for a person to hear that the reason he or she got a job was "race." No, it is never good judgment, experience, decisiveness under pressure, how well you manage and balance budgets, but race. Therefore, you can never be truly successful in the minds of some. I know this goes on all the time, all over America, and so people get used to it--but what an insult! Someday we will get beyond this.

Posted by: EdDC | December 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

ED, I could not possibly agree more. I'm not knocking you here but it really seems you have never read anything at all about the debate over affirmative action and various arguments. I say this because your above stated position is actually one of the biggest reasons why people fight against race-based public policies. Because it is demeaning to those it's intended to help.

Many supposed beneficiaries of affirmative action are offended by it. It is insulting to them that the government (and other institutions and businesses) feels you are disadvantaged just because of your skin color, and therefore need a boost. It also creates resentment from the other side and raises suspicion for those who don't even need racial preferences.

I am with you entirely on this point. How insulting it must have been to Coach Franklin to hear Debbie Yow say the "only reason College Park administrators agreed to his promotion was because he is a qualified minority" which is a direct quote from Debbie Yow.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 20, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Hahah oh my goodness, you are so creepy. You must be a really fun person in real life - copying and pasting excerpts of your friends' [taking a huge leap assuming you have friends] emails to "disprove" things by pointing out old comments they made about totally separate issues. I'm sure you would absolutely understand if I pasted all your "REDSKINS WILL GO 16-0, WIN THE SUPERBOWL, DAN SNYDER IS THE BEST OWNER EVER" stuff from other places on the site to prove that you are wrong about everything ever? But...I understand that makes no sense. So long.

Posted by: spret07 | December 21, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Personally I think a chick that spends all her time picking fights and contradicting herself on message boards pretty creepy. But hey, that's just me. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess there is no man in your life (since you have made a similar, though incorrect, assumption about me on here before).

Beat it Gnillew9

Posted by: Barno1 | December 21, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Personally I think a chick that spends all her time picking fights and contradicting herself on message boards pretty creepy. But hey, that's just me. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess there is no man in your life (since you have made a similar, though incorrect, assumption about me on here before).

Beat it Gnillew9

Posted by: Barno1 | December 21, 2010 4:09 PM

Barno1, are you some sort of racist, woman-fearing, backwoods 65-year old WASP, who, like Trent Lott once said, thinks things would have been different had Strom Thurman been President many, many years ago???(your terrible spelling and grammar would fit the stereotype) I think a man who has various posts at a computer key's length that another person has made would qualify as the creepy, fight-picker. Seems YOU are the one pre-occupying your time (obsessed?) with spret07, and not vice-versa.

I attended MD in the '90s, and YES, they did (and still do) make a big deal about diversity. But it isn't THE ONLY BIG DEAL that goes into decisions there, or "most" places. I can totally agree that AA was a concept that started out as one thing in a different era, but has grown into a social policy or program much bigger than it was ever intended.(read Jim Webb's op-ed in the WSJ from July 2010 on Diversity and Myth of White Privelage) But I digress. I'm sure Kevin Anderson was a very capable AD at Army, and I'm sure it was those qualifications that factored "heavily" into his hiring....not his race as THE factor. The only other name that I even recall be floated to the media that MD was interested in was UConn's AD, who I believe was a MD alum, but said he had no interest.

Now that KA is in place, sure he handled the whole Fridge situation terribly.(just like Shanny has done with McNabb) But, bottomline, Fridge had to go. When you look at his whole body of work, he has been mediocre at best, and ultimately, our program has regressed over the past 5 years. I thank him for putting MD Football back on the map, but we haven't had a legitimate team since McBrien's final year, though the Hollenbach teams were competitive and showed promise. He won his first 3 years with VanderLinden's players, and then failed to bring in consistent talent. With the decline being that extended, like it or not, the blame falls on FRIDGE, and it's a fact that the football program has lost a good chunk of money of late. He was NEVER a good recruiter.(Locksley and Franklin got us any talent we had) And though he was hired and tabbed as an offensive guru, it was his first OC (who retired, sorry forgot his name) that had us playing like a well-oiled machine. And I think once people began to see that he wasn't the genius savior coach we thought we had, the excitement and interest in the program began to go as well.

You sound like you are a huge Fridge fan, and I can respect that. But it was totally unnecessary for you to give credence to "waterboard"'s race baiting post. Take care, and GO TERPS!

Posted by: terp_spirit | December 22, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Terp_spirit/Gnillew9/Spret

Forget the fact that I am neither a WASP nor am I halfway to 65. Forget about the fact that we are in almost complete agreement on the affirmative action issue. Forget the fact that I think Trent Lott's comment was disgusting and spoke out against it among fellow conservatives. Forget the fact that I haven't posted any comment that could remotely be construed as racist. Forget the fact that I am well aware of Jim Webb's piece, which was refreshing coming from a Democrat. Forget the fact that Friedgen won his first three years mostly because of his own recruits like Shawn Merriman, Randy Starks, Dominique Foxworth, Scott McBrien and D'Qwell Jackson, amongst many others. Forget the fact that it's Vanderlinden not VanderLinden. Forget the fact that only an idiot would say Friedgen's body of work is "mediocre at best" (what is it at worst, horrible?). Forget about all that. What I really want to know is where did I ever use poor grammar? I found that pretty amusing. I'd love to see an example if you can find any.

Here's what I think: You are a dimwit who tried really, really, really hard to sound smart in that last post--but came up empty.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 22, 2010 4:58 AM | Report abuse

@Barno1: Yes, after I posted, I realized the bad grammar was actually someone else. I apologize for that comment. However, everything else, I was directing toward you.

After Fridge's first 3 years with MOSTLY "Vanderlinden"'s recruits (sorry I'm not as perfect as you), 43-42 record over the last 7 years, 24-32 in ACC play in that timeframe, and as part of a conference that is not what it once used to be, esp. since the expansion. THAT EQUALS MEDIOCRE!!!!! You have to stop living off the sentiment of his first 3 years, and the fact that, he is a good and honorable man and treats his players well. That's all fine and dandy, but it has not equated to the long-term vision we were sold following those first three years.

It's unfortunate that this takes away from the spirit (i.e. amateurism) of college sports, but NCAAFB and NCAABskBll are first and foremost about making $$$$$ for their respective universities. The football team has not lived up to those expectations under Ralph over the past 5 or so years. They lost (I believe) something like $500,000 this year. And since MD fans are fickle, esp when we've been losing of late (until the surprise turnaround this year), I think KA was looking at some lean years ahead when he saw that the man responsible for our recruiting efforts (JF) just left for Vandy. Looking back, after Locksley left, and before Franklin arrived, the talent depth of the "Ralph recruiting classes" and subsequent records was all the proof needed to show that the man cannot recruit, when left to his own vices.(remember the year a couple DC studs went out to frickin ILLINOIS, because of Locksley being there!)

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

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