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Posted at 6:45 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Military Bowl 2010: Friedgen goes out in style with 51-20 win

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland rolled to a 51-20 win over East Carolina in the Military Bowl, Ralph Friedgen's final game as the Terrapins' head coach.

UPDATE: And it will be wide receiver Torrey Smith's final game at Maryland, as well. Smith just tweeted: "I'm forgoing my last year of eligibility to enter the nfl draft #terpnation and all supporters I appreciate your support"

Check out the gaudy Maryland stats here. More to come, including a Mike Wise column, a bit later. For now, let us know what you think about the game, and Friedgen's firing.

By Matt Bonesteel  | December 29, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
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Comments

As a Maryland grad ('82), I say kudos, Ralph. What a sendoff! You have been a class act.

What are the odds that in five or so years we look back with longing to the Ralph decade? I'd say pretty high.

Posted by: farstriker | December 29, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Can we just fire Anderson instead? How about doing an about face and hiring Big Ralph as our next head coach.

Posted by: Nemo4 | December 29, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

What Anderson did was crazy. We will probably lose not only Ralph but our super defensive coaches as well as good players transferring. We should all boycott at least the first home game next year. Who's next for Anderson? Gary Williams!! Ralph should have been able to finish out his contract, not be fired. How soon we forget the state of the football program before Ralph. Who is this Anderson guy anyway? He should apologize to all of us and let Ralph finish what he started this year.

Posted by: nsimaureen | December 29, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

What Anderson did was crazy. We will probably lose not only Ralph but our super defensive coaches as well as good players transferring. We should all boycott at least the first home game next year. Who's next for Anderson? Gary Williams!! Ralph should have been able to finish out his contract, not be fired. How soon we forget the state of the football program before Ralph. Who is this Anderson guy anyway? He should apologize to all of us and let Ralph finish what he started this year.

Posted by: nsimaureen | December 29, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Be real. This was lousy 6-6 team they beat. If they were able to beat good teams with regularity, Fridge would have been around for a long time. Time for a change. I just hope they get a Prime-time coach from a prime-time program.

Posted by: la_terp | December 29, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Wise--puh-lease! The guy can mail-it-in w/the best of 'em.

Attention journalism profs: Be sure to paste his article from this morning's paper to the white-board to show future journalists how NOT to do it.

Thank you, Big Ralph, for a fantastic decade.

Anderson and Loh: Get off of you a$$es and go get the Pirate!

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 29, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

yup 44-42 over last 7 yrs was terrific

definitely should be coach for life!

Posted by: winterps1 | December 29, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Even if the Terps had lost it is still a terrible mistake to fire Ralph Friedgen. He is and has been an outstanding coach for Maryland. You'll never find a guy who truly loves the University to coach there again. Maryland will line up behind Duke for a long time now. Ralph will come out fine and resurface on an NFL staff or a good college that will truly appreciate what he has to offer. It will be hard to pull for Maryland now. Look for the black uniforms and helmets to return.

Posted by: aliben1 | December 29, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"up 44-42 over last 7 yrs was terrific"

I love how the Fridge-haters--all seven of them--always use the same exact formula when diminishing his achievements. It's a simple formula: they start out by removing the most successful seasons from his record. Then they highlight the least successful seasons. Finally, they come up with an invented record that is totally irrelevant to the big picture. Who said you get judged by your 10 seasons minus your best years? It's ridiculous. Friedgen's 10 years included the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, Champ Sports bowl, and this year should have been Music City Bowl or another Champs Bowl appearance. Friedgen's 10 years included 7 bowl games in 10 years, compared to 1 bowl game the previous 15 years. Even when we were "mediocre" we still were an entertaining team. For instance, in 2007 and 2008, we went to the Emerald Bowl and Humanitarian bowl--not the greatest of seasons by anyone's standards. However, we were also 6-0 vs ranked teams in those seasons and knocked off a pair of top 10 teams. I guarantee you there is no such stretch in MD football history during the "off" years.

The haters would prefer MD football go back to the days before Friedgen got here, when NOBODY cared about our 2 or 3 win seasons. These idiots have NEVER supported this team through thick and thin, and the moment we go back to 3 win seasons, they will jump right off the bandwagon again while the rest of us try to clean up the mess Anderson created when he fired Friedgen after a 9 win, ACC COY season.

Viva the Fridge.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

ECU might, just might have been the worst team the Terps played this year. That was a piss poorly coached team that would have gone winless in the VERY mediocre ACC.

Glad the MD mediocrity is over now. Maybe now we can play in big-boy bowls.

Leach will be a breath of fresh air indeed.

ARRRRG!

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh and Torrey Smith just declared for the draft.

Terp Insider = always up to date

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

"Haters" are those that disagree with Fargo. More than "all 7 of them," since at this writing about 75 of 200+ voters have affirmed the decision to move on. It's my belief that many people will use this win to paint a picture that says KA was wrong and the Fridge should be back. But, guess what: He won't be back. We are moving on to a new coach. Hate it or love it that is the way it is. It was a wonderful game today and I am happy for Ralph, the coaches and the players. Good season, much better than last, but to some of us a little disappointing. Some of us want the program to be consistently better and it is gratifying that our AD and President want this as well. So let's see if they can deliver. But at this point I am all in.

Posted by: petecard | December 29, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

People, lets be honest here. Had MD beaten any of their top opponents, Miami, WVU, Clemson, FSU, we would not be having this discussion. Bottom line is MD played a weak schedule and beat weak teams, but lost to the better teams they played minus NC State. They beat a 6-6 team from Conference USA today, not SEC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC 10, BUT CONFERENCE USA!

MD, you will never be a top program unless you start thinking and acting like a top program. If you want to live with being mediocre, than keep RF. If you want to strive to be the best, invest in your program and go for it!

Posted by: Toochilled | December 29, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Remember that Fridge's big, successful, early years were with a bunch of Vanderlinden's players. Fridge and his staff coached them well. To me Fridge was kind of a reverse-Driesell: Fridge could coach but the recruiting was sub-par.

Posted by: mechagojira | December 29, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Can we just fire Anderson instead? How about doing an about face and hiring Big Ralph as our next head coach.

Posted by: Nemo4 | December 29, 2010 7:06 PM

Who's "we" - the fans? OK, but Maryland wealth and influence side with - and probably prompted - Anderson to dispatch of Friedgen. You say "we" like there aren't a significant amount of powerful Terps behind the Fridge force out and Anderson acted alone. What happened was pretty crappy, but new ADs are often installed to make tough changes in their programs. I wish Friedgen could have gone out own his own terms, especially with an excellent team next season - but he's in a rough industry.

He went out a big winner this season and today - and the fan support was terrific at RFK. Now the pressure is on Anderson and those big wig corporate benefactors to show logic in this decision by bringing in someone who will succeed in a big way. Tough task.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 29, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen would have never won those first 3 years without Scott McBrien, Randy Starks, Josh Allen, Shawn Merriman, Dominique Foxworth etc. NONE of which were Vanderlinden's players.

The lie that Fridge only won becuase of Vandy's recruits is the one of the funnier delusions I have ever heard. If Vanderlinden's recruits were so good, how come they didn't do ANYTHING with Vanderlinden ever? When you're done trying to figure that out, why not just accept the fact that Fridge won because Fridge was a great, great coach. He was a good recruiter, as evidenced by the 30+ guys he put into the NFL. And he was a class act all the way til the very end.

The haters really should shut their mouths for one f'ing day. This is Ralph's day. If you don't have something nice to say about the man, then you likely aren't much of a Terps fan to begin with. Oh wait, I forgot, you just "want more out of our program" than the rest of us. Riiiight...that's why you never buy season tickets, that's why you wouldn't be caught dead at Byrd Stadium, because you just want soooo much more for our program than those of us that actually do go to the games. Haaaaah!

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Put a sock in it. It's over. We are moving on. Thanks, Ralph. Enjoy the millions you made and know that we appreciated it. Hope to see you down the road when we win the NC.

Posted by: petecard | December 29, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's go for the gold.

Fridge is thanked for improving the program to average. The reason people look at the last 7 years is because it shows how MD played after the Fridge had time to establish his program. It was average in the ACC, a weak football conference. Yes with Fridge we know we will have an OK team and may regret not having that program in 3 years. But let's go for the gold and a superior program. If we have a 10 and 2 record, position in the conf. playoff and a top bowl everyone will be happy. Right now we can only speculate. I for one am glad we are giving up the known and going for the superior. Sure Fridge could create an improved program, but how can MD take that chance with an empty stadium after years of average. You would have to give the Fridge a 3 year extension if you wanted to keep him so he could replace key staff and recruit players. Take your chance on an average team and empty stadium or count on Fridge doing what he has not done in 10 years.

Otherwise go for the gold with a new coach. I vote for trying something new.

Posted by: geoski | December 29, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Pete,
Good seeing you at the game. Oh wait, you weren't there. You're never there. I'm guessing you didn't go to school during the 90's cause all I saw were losses. Fridge turned the program around. He went 9-4 this year. He's ACC COY. And we fire him? Only Maryland could be this stupid. Hope to God we get Leach or Anderson's gonna be dealing with torches and pitchforks at his door.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 29, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Ralph is a great guy and a good basic football coach, and he should be applauded for his UM tenure. But times change and his time as coach has come and gone. At big schools, football programs have to be run partly with an eye on the balance sheet, since the program supports other sports (not to mention paying the coach that nice salary he always wants increased further), and you can't ignore that attendance has been steadily falling. If he wants to play in the big pool, with the big money, he has to accept the rules, unfortunate as they may be.

Besides, it's usually a good rule of thumb to use Wise's rants as a contra-indicator of what to do.

Posted by: sparman | December 29, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

OK,now Leach can come out of the closet,move away from a microphone,and what??Take Md. to a national championship next year? Man,too many video gamers have big imaginations for the next coach.This excitement some people dream are for super bowls,SEC and winning a lottery.Give me a break;not going to happen at UMd.Bobby Ross came and went,sorry!

Posted by: worcsterguy | December 29, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@ Barno1; I'm a Terps fan and have been one for many years, but I have to disagree with you on this one. UMD football with Ralph coaching is so so program. He can't recruit in his own back yard. Research his recruiting the years after Franklin departed. I know for a fact that he can't recruit. I can list at twelve players (2003-2005) who played high school football in the VA,MD,DC area, that went to BIG time programs. Check the Washington Post (Recruiting/High Section)and look at the local kids committing to other schools this year.

I spent 11yrs living in the south (Ga) following SEC football and boy is it a HUGE difference. With a new coach and a up tempo offense, with the QB we have now, the true football fans will come out and support this team. You have to sell your program and Ralph wasn't and couldn't do that. When was the last time he had several 5 star recruits? When was the last time he had a BIG win? The ACC has been very very weak over the last few years. The wins UMD had this year were not convincing.

No real UMD fan who has a true understanding of college football, should be excited about this victory today. They (UMD) did what they were suppose to do to a team which gave up 45 plus point a game the last 5-6 games of the season. To be totally honest with you, they shouldn't be in a bowl.

No one likes change, but this is a change that every true UMD football fan should embrace.

Posted by: tyat3 | December 29, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Barno said,

"However, we were also 6-0 vs ranked teams in those seasons"

Stop exaggerating again. Maryland lost to West Virginia on 9/13/07 at home 31-14 when they were ranked number 4 and they lost to BC on 11/29/08 28 to 21 when BC was number 20.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 29, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

tyat3, you'll quickly learn from the people on Terrapins Insider that you're not actually a Maryland fan. Unless you say that you are pro-Friedgen, you can't possibly be a true fan. For years I thought I was a fan but was informed that the only true fans live in the beltway and support Friedgen. Anderson should've given Friedgen a lifetime contract. Say that and you might be allowed to be considered a fan. Change is bad. Very very bad.

Posted by: epdaly | December 29, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Barno said,

"However, we were also 6-0 vs ranked teams in those seasons"

Stop exaggerating again. Maryland lost to West Virginia on 9/13/07 at home 31-14 when they were ranked number 4 and they lost to BC on 11/29/08 28 to 21 when BC was number 20.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 29, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Chief has become the resident nitpicker of this blog, but the only problem with his nitpicking is he is almost always WRONG. From the time MD played Rutgers in 2007 through the time they played North Carolina in 2008, MD went 6-0 vs ranked teams including knocking off a pair of top 10 teams.

Even when you think you're right Chief, you're still wrong. Sad, but true. You really should stop trying to disprove irrefutable facts.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Course this is the same Chief who idiotically claimed that Debbie Yow was quote "ordered" to hire Friedgen.

The guy is clearly delusional...but hey, when you are hellbent on trying to disprove irrefutable facts, you come off like a nutcase.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Ralph is gone. The true coach at MD is DON BROWN. Keep him and get the Pirate and MD will elevate this program. Ralph was a weak point for MD in many areas..

Posted by: leed191195 | December 29, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Barno, "irrefutable"...you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Just because you say something does not always mean it's right. Coming up with a ridiculous qualification after someone calls you out doesn't make it right either. Also, maybe look up "delusional" in a dictionary, because you're using it wrong.

What's your goal here? To get Freidgen re-hired? Unfortunately, that's not going to work. If you want to win more people over, you might try not name-calling...

Posted by: marylandarlington | December 29, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

ir·ref·u·ta·ble
Adjective: Impossible to deny or disprove.

Used in a sentence: It is irrefutable that the U-MD football team had a streak of 6-0 against ranked opponents during the 07 and 08 seasons, including 2 wins over top 10 teams.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

good grief barno, how can you not see that SEVEN YEARS IS A PRETTY GOOD SAMPLE SIZE? yes, he did great for 3 years and then was mediocre for the NEXT SEVEN YEARS

44-42 with a losing record in the acc OVER A SEVEN YEAR SPAN is not what umd paid TWO MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR

top 20 money for top 50 has to end at some point

Posted by: winterps1 | December 29, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

good grief barno, how can you not see that SEVEN YEARS IS A PRETTY GOOD SAMPLE SIZE? yes, he did great for 3 years and then was mediocre for the NEXT SEVEN YEARS

44-42 with a losing record in the acc OVER A SEVEN YEAR SPAN is not what umd paid TWO MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR

top 20 money for top 50 has to end at some point

Posted by: winterps1 | December 29, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Florida State supporter here: I hadn't heard that Maryland had fired old Ralph until I turned on today's game--it's just utterly inconceivable. At the beginning of this season, when they barely eked out a win over Navy, the Terps looked terrible. I figured them to be the doormat of the ACC this year. But by the end of the season, they were as good as anyone in the league, and were viewed as one of FSU's major obstacles to go back to the ACC title game next year. Now the Terps are back to where they were at the start of the year, likely to be the ACC doormat again. They went from being a surefire contender in 2011 to a question mark. This is great news for FSU.

The Maryland players and their supporters sent old Ralphie out in style; a class act for a class coach. The job that Friedgen did with the Terps this year was remarkable, worthy of coach of the year awards---and some dope fired him, probably to make a name for himself.
Good going, doofus. You have just Snydered your football program for 2011.

Posted by: northfloridamike | December 29, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game and dinner in Bethesda...great game and a great win for the Fridge and UMD....interesting to see the same debate raging...I guess it will continue until the new coach is installed and then we can switch to +/- the new regime...bottom line is this: Fridge had 3 awesome years early on and then the remaining 7 were sporadic....The regime change decision was one of economics rather than W-L records...the fact is that Fridge won handily early on but the program lost some of its sizzle along the way and the result was lower tix sales, putting financial pressure on the program which ultimately led to his ouster....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 29, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game and dinner in Bethesda...great game and a great win for the Fridge and UMD....interesting to see the same debate raging...I guess it will continue until the new coach is installed and then we can switch to +/- the new regime...bottom line is this: Fridge had 3 awesome years early on and then the remaining 7 were sporadic....The regime change decision was one of economics rather than W-L records...the fact is that Fridge won handily early on but the program lost some of its sizzle along the way and the result was lower tix sales, putting financial pressure on the program which ultimately led to his ouster....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 29, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but I also stood up for the fridge as long as I could, and if Franklin stayed then i would say let Ralph stay too because Franklin was the recruiter. Ralph simply cannot recruit. It is well documented that he too Vanderlindens recruits and went to the Orange bowl. As those players left and were replaced with Ralphs recruits the product went down hill every year until Franklin got here and started getting better players. Ralph can teach and gameplan good players to do great things, but he can't get them to come here. It really is that simple.

You have to bring in someone dynamic that makes kids want to come to MD. We have nothing off campus to make us a draw so you have to sell the school and the chance to make it to the pro's. you get to the proi's by being good and getting national exposure and you get that by winning. But you have to get the players first.

This was a butt kicking bowl game against an average team an a second rate conference. We took care of business and that should help the recruiting, but it won't with Ralph doing the job. I hope MD signs a new coach on Monday so on signing day the kids already obligated feel good about their decision and come anyway. I don't know much about Leach, but I hear the Navy coach is in the runnign as well. He did pretty good there with a program it is very hard to recruit for so I think he would be fine. He does run an option offense though so hopefully it doesn't scare off Obrien. He is the real deal - Franklin recruit...

Posted by: dbrine1261 | December 29, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Okay, let's try to see the big picture here. When someone asks you, "Why shouldn't Friedgen be bought out of the last year of his contract?" Do you say, "Because he had a streak of beating 6 ranked teams over two seasons three years ago!" That's not the most relevant fact.

Also, just to be clear you said: "For instance, in 2007 and 2008, we went to the Emerald Bowl and Humanitarian bowl--not the greatest of seasons by anyone's standards. However, we were also 6-0 vs ranked teams in those seasons and knocked off a pair of top 10 teams."

In 2007, Maryland lost to UVA when UVA was ranked #24 (after Maryland beat Rutgers if you were using that as some kind of qualification). In 2008, Maryland lost to #22 BC. Note that you said exactly this: "we were also 6-0 vs ranked teams in those seasons". You are wrong here. You can come back all you want and say that you are only counting portions of each season to get this 6-0 record, but you did say that. They also lost to Middle Tennessee State in 2008, but I'm sure you don't count that game for some reason. I'm also sure that you will dispute rankings, etc. to make your statements "correct."

Face it, you play loose with facts because you figure no one will call you on it and when they do, you call them delusional and tell them they just can't really comprehend the facts the way you can because they aren't fans.

The point here is that you make Maryland FANS sit here and dig up information about Maryland LOSSES to get you to shut up. You make Maryland fans look for negative statistics to prove you wrong. Do you understand this at all? You are doing a disservice to Maryland here by being a pompous turd. Irrefutable.

Posted by: marylandarlington | December 29, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

@ epdaly; I've never been a fan of Ralph. He was overrated and will find it very hard to land another college coaching job. Franklin was not high on my list either. A good recruiter, but very dishonest with his players. Look back at how he and Ralph handled the QB situation two years ago, now your RB situation this year. If you didn't kiss their butts, you weren't playing. It didn't matter how talented you were.

@ Barno; Every college team goes to a bowl now days...It's a joke! You're talking about wins against ranked teams, lets look at losses against lower tier schools. If you say that Ralph's overall body of work was good, then I wouldn't want to be a part of your program. I would've love to seen them play Nevada this year. Can you say serious a$$ whippin? This is an average team with talent at the skilled positions. Something to build on. Ralph was full of excuses. He always stated that his team was young when things were going bad. Well, very good coaches win with young teams. Now that he had a good season, not one time did he mention youth. The best coach on that staff was Don Brown.

Barno, just let it go...Ralph has moved on and you should to.

Posted by: tyat3 | December 29, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the "Kevin Anderson sighting" on the sidelines (as reported on the ESPN broadcast) happened about three and a half hours after kickoff. All I can say to the new AD is this: you damn well better be right. Oh, and you might want to attend some PR 101 classes as well. Think you missed those in your days at the Point.

Vaya con dios, El Fridge. Wish it didn't have to happen this way. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | December 30, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Okay, let's try to see the big picture here. When someone asks you, "Why shouldn't Friedgen be bought out of the last year of his contract?" Do you say, "Because he had a streak of beating 6 ranked teams over two seasons three years ago!" That's not the most relevant fact."
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You lost me here with this juvenile straw man. How easy it must be to win every argument when you invent positions your opponent didn't take in order to knock down those positions. I never responded to "Why shouldn't Friedgen be bought out of the last year of his contract" with that statement. I simply stated a few facts and you choose to create a Q & A that never existed since I was never responding to any question in the first place.

"Face it, you play loose with facts because you figure no one will call you on it"

Second of all, it's funny you claim I played loose with the facts when you literally just threw out some bogus information thinking some of us wouldn't remember. I don't have to look up whether UVA was ranked in the AP Top 25 when we played them in 2007, because I know they weren't at the time. You can waste your time trying to disprove these irrefutable facts all you want, but don't blame me for your hilariously "looking up negative statistics" in a feeble attempt to "prove" me wrong.

UVa may have been ranked that season by that point in another poll, but I guarantee you they weren't ranked in the AP when we played them and, thus, we were 6-0 against ranked teams from early 07 to late 08...in "mediocre" Fridge seasons. Please show me when we ever beat 6 ranked teams in previous mediocre seasons prior to Friedgen's arrival.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 30, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

"Barno; Every college team goes to a bowl now days...It's a joke!"

Speaking of irrelevant points...

Not sure why it is so hard for the seven Fridge haters to comprehend this, but with the possible exception of 2007, every one of Friedgen's bowl seasons would have been bowl seasons in the 90s as well. So...to summarize: he didn't go to a bunch of bowl games simply because there's a lot more bowl games than there were in the 90s. Fact is, we went to 1 bowl game in 15 years before Friedgen arrived not because there weren't more bowl games back then--but because we SUCKED. Why this is so difficult for the seven Fridge haters to comprehend, I don't know. Seems pretty basic to me.

"If you say that Ralph's overall body of work was good, then I wouldn't want to be a part of your program."

de·lu·sion
n.
A false belief or opinion
A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness:

Used in a sentence: If you don't think Ralph Friedgen had a good body of work in his 10 seasons at U-MD, you are delusional.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 30, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm a 35 year old Alumnus. I barely remember the Bobby Ross days, and to be fair, perhaps if Lenny Bias didn't happen he may have brought on greater things at College Park. But look at the facts, he is the last of our glory days and it was not better than the Fridge. I remember years of 3, 4 win seasons. For those of you who are delusional, this AD, he is a nobody. He is from ARMY, not Florida, not OSU, not Texas, but from Army. Are we kidding? Why would we trust anything he says? Why are we listening to this guy? Ralph is arguably the 2nd or third best coach in MD history and next year, they would have been really good. Whoever is hired, they better win the ACC, anything less and this AD needs to go back where he belongs...High School. I am shocked at the direction this University is taking.

Posted by: tony28 | December 30, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Tony28, thank you. It's good to see some people on this blog understand what has happened.

Kevin Anderson is a nightmare in the making. A clueless, classless, amateur who may very well destroy our football and basketball programs in an attempt to make a name for himself.

Anyone who listened to Anderson's press conference last week saw for themselves this is not a very intelligent man we are dealing with. Prisbell says he can't count how many times he has been told that Anderson is in over his head.

The koolaide drinkers who believe an amateur like Anderson is going to turn MD football into an annual top 5 team can forget it. Be careful what you wish for folks...now that Fridge is gone, the return to 3 and 4 win seasons is a distinct possibility.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 30, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

@ Barno: Friedgen era (2001–2010)Ralph Friedgen, a former Maryland player and assistant under Bobby Ross, was hired as Vanderlinden's replacement for the 2001 season. Friedgen had previously been denied an interview for the position twice by his alma mater.[58] While offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, he had been described as an "offensive genius",[59] and Friedgen later received similar plaudits while at Maryland.[60] When he took over, Maryland had not won a bowl game in 16 years and had only one winning season since 1990.[2]

In 2001, Maryland won its first four games and entered the AP Poll for the first time since September 1995.[2] Maryland beat 15th-ranked Georgia Tech in overtime when placekicker Nick Novak, the ACC's future all-time scoring leader, equalized and then won the game with 46- and 26-yard field goals, thereby ensuring a winning season and bowl appearance.[61] In Tallahassee, 18th-ranked Florida State broke a stalemate in the fourth quarter to hand Maryland its only defeat of the regular season, 52–31.[62] Maryland closed the year with a win over NC State, which secured the ACC championship and made the Terrapins the first team other than Florida State to take the title outright since the Seminoles joined the conference in 1991.[63] Sixth-ranked Maryland then faced fifth-ranked Florida in the BCS Orange Bowl. The Terrapins lost, 56–23, and finished with a 10–2 record and ranked 10th in the nation.[64]

Posted by: tyat3 | December 30, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

@ Barno: In 2002, Maryland had a pre-season rank of 20th, but their first three games included a shutout by 12th-ranked Notre Dame, 22–0, and a loss to 16th-ranked Florida State, 37–10. The Terrapins rallied to defeat 13th-ranked West Virginia and 17th-ranked NC State, while losing only to Virginia.[2] That loss, however, prevented Maryland from earning a share of the ACC championship alongside Florida State.[65] The Terrapins routed Tennessee in the Peach Bowl, 30–3, and finished with an 11–3 record and final ranking of 18th.[2] Maryland began the 2003 season with losses to Northern Illinois and eighth-ranked Florida State. They later defeated 23rd-ranked West Virginia, but were edged by Georgia Tech. In the postseason, 24th-ranked Maryland delivered a second crushing defeat against 20th-ranked West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, 41–7, and finished the season ranked 17th.[2] The New York Times computer poll ranked Maryland third in the nation, behind only split-national champions Louisiana State and Southern California.[66] The 2004 season was Friedgen's first with a losing record. Maryland finished with a 5–6 mark that included an overtime loss to West Virginia, 19–16. The highlight of the season was an upset victory over fifth-ranked Florida State, which was Maryland's first against the Seminoles and their first win against a top-10 team since 1990. The Terrapins again ended the 2005 season with a 5–6 record.[2] That season opened with a victory over Navy, which was the first meeting between the intrastate foes in 40 years.[67]

Posted by: tyat3 | December 30, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

@ Barno: In 2006, Maryland returned to a bowl game and finished with a 9–4 record. During the season, the Terrapins upset 19th-ranked Clemson, 13–12, and five of their games were won by four points or less. In the Champs Sports Bowl, Maryland beat Purdue, 24–7.[2] In 2007, Maryland overcame extensive injuries to again secure a postseason appearance.[68] During the season, unranked Maryland tallied two shocking upsets against 10th-ranked Rutgers, 34–24, and eighth-ranked Boston College, 42–35.[69] They finished the season with a rout of NC State to attain bowl eligibilty, 37–0,[70] but lost to Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl, 21–14.[71] According to the final Sagarin computer-generated rankings, Maryland had the second-hardest schedule in the ACC and the 27th-hardest schedule among Division I teams.[72

Posted by: tyat3 | December 30, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

@ Barno: Numerous observers described Maryland's 2008 season as "wildly inconsistent".[73][74] The Terrapins defeated four of their five ranked opponents—25th-ranked California, 19th-ranked Clemson, 19th-ranked Wake Forest, and 17th-ranked North Carolina—but also lost to heavy underdogs Middle Tennessee and Virginia. Ultimately, Maryland defeated Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl and finished the season with an 8–5 record.[74] Before the 2009 season, many analysts projected the Terrapins to finish last or second-to-last in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, and expressed particular concern with the inexperienced offensive line.[75] The prognostications proved accurate, and Maryland finished 2–10 for their first ten-loss season in program history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump

Posted by: tyat3 | December 30, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow.Now let the party begin...Anderson wants to make a decision by 1/4/2011...Why..just beacuse recruiting starts then...Apparently leach was on campus and plans to interveiw today...Does anyone have eyes and ears around the campus to confirm this...

Great win and i sure hope this carries over to next year!!!Great home schedule..

break20...i am trying to change my stage name..

till next time..

Posted by: carolina1 | December 30, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Barno1 the major reason I'm not a fan of his has little to do with his record. Remember when he was hired, his goal was to keep the top talent in Maryland.... He failed greatly at this task.. He is now losing out to Rutgers with the 2nd an 3rd level recruits. Look at this year and the past 10yr all-MET players an see how many will attend Maryland.. than look an see how many of those players are in the NFL. If he could keep 75 to 80% of these players Maryland would have a top 15 or 10 team year in an year out, and I think this is the plan the new AD has for this program... A COACH THAT WILL BRING IN THESE ALL-MET PLAYERS!

Posted by: pikedawg | December 30, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure the rules for declaring, and then rescinding, but Torrey may want to talk to someone first and wait until a new coach is hired and talk to him as well. There is always grad school which I believe would still be underscholarship.

The reason: who says there will even be a draft or an NFL season next year? And if there is a CBA, look for draftees big pay days to go down with it. Always seemed like a bright kid. Hope he is taking those factors into consideration. Best of luck Torrey, and thank you.

Posted by: rscott251 | December 30, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Ralph even said it himself a few days ago, 'coaching at Maryland is alot different than at other places', that tells it..
Ralph knows that the alumni don't support football like at many other schools..Empty seats and empty suites every weekend prove that.. And please, don't bring up again attendence #'s from before he got here.. It's all about the NOW, after Maryalnd made a committment to upgrade Byrd, the facilities, etc..All the things Ralph wanted, he got, and the new AD feels it hasn't got a return on it's investment..
I thank Ralph for his years to his alma mater, there were alot of good times..
Whoever they bring in, he'll find Maryland to be a tough sell, not only to recruits, but alumni as well.. The TRUE PASSION, just isn't there.. For those of us who have gone, and will continue to go every Saturday, we wish our new coach the best of luck.. He'll need it !!!!
Note to Military Bowl people, if you want a big crowd and get it, put more port a potties in Lot 8, and clean the ladies room in the upper deck before the gates are open..My wife said they were horrible...

Posted by: frostanna | December 30, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Barno,

If you had said that Maryland had a streak of 6 wins in row against ranked teams in 2007 and 2008, I would not had called you out on it. but you said "However, we were also 6-0 vs ranked teams in those seasons". That is wrong, Maryland was 6-2 vs ranked teams in 07 and 08.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 30, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Barno,

There has been one fact that I have been wrong about. When I wrote a long fact based post showing how wrong you were about most of the players responsible for the success in 01-to 03 being recruited by Fridge, I called Merriman a reserve freshmen in 03 when he was actually a sophomore that had started 6 of 27 career games at that point. Everything else about that post and all the other facts that I have posted about have been correct.

Find me all the facts that I am wrong about. You keep posting facts that are wrong and I will continue to call you about it.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 30, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Who in the hell is this new Terps AD? Look at his resume for god's sake. He has not done squat to deserve to be AD at Maryland. At Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, he collected money from boosters, was associate of this, involved in promotions, raising money for that. Hell with it. Anybody decent fund raiser could have done what he did.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 30, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Fridge's overall record is 75-50 including bowl games. For ten years of head coaching that's an average record of 7-5 per year. While it's a winning percentage, I'd call 7-5 mediocre for a college that wants to be ranked and have national prominence. Problem is the students and boosters who want this basically sit on their hands year round. Look at the attendance at the basketball games. Other than when we're playing Duke do you see full houses at Comcast? No. And the BB program supports the rest of the sports programs. You need an exciting brand of football to fill the stadium and get the national attention. Fridge has had 10 years to do that. His first three years generated that buzz but then fell into a black hole...5-6, 5-6, 9-4, 6-6, 8-5, 2-10 and lastly 9-4.

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | December 30, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Course this is the same Chief who idiotically claimed that Debbie Yow was quote "ordered" to hire Friedgen.

The guy is clearly delusional...but hey, when you are hellbent on trying to disprove irrefutable facts, you come off like a nutcase.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 29, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse


What I said about Yow hiring the Fridge was that Mote advised Yow to hire Fridge. This is what I heard about something that happened behind the scenes many years ago and cannot be proved either way. I am not sure why you keep bringing this up since now all parties are gone. I never said it was a fact, but what I heard and it makes complete sense.

When Yow fired Mark Duffner, which she handled completely unprofessionally, she had set up interviews with several candidiates including Fridge and Sonny Lubick the Head Coach at Colorado State.

However, when she interviewed Vanderlinden, she was so blown away that she hired him immediately on her own. Lubick did not find about this until he was already in town for his interview and was reportly livid. Fridge never got a chance to interview. This was completely unprofessional and somes boosters and ex players were very upset about how Fridge was treated and stopped supporting the team.

While Yow's guy, Vanderlinden did not work out, Fridge's continued as the highly successful OC at Georgia Tech, where they would annually beat up on the Terps. I heard that when Yow told Mote that she was firing Vanderlinden, Mote told her that he heard from a lot of boosters supporting Fridge and that he thinks she should hire him, which she did. Not sure why you think that makes me not credible.

I am still waiting for all the irrefutable facts that I am wrong about.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 30, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I went to the game, and I was happy to see Ralph go out with a win. The fact that we played this game at a 3/4th filled "Historic RFK Stadium" (I swear, it said that on the tickets) against a 6-6 ECU says a lot about why Anderson pulled the plug on Ralph's tenure. At the end of the day, Ralph couldn't live up to his own standards. His success expanded Byrd, only to leave it partially empty. His success brought contract extensions, and I apologize for being "what have you done for me lately" but his record over the contract doesn't merit another extension.

The key to his ouster was not just Franklin leaving but the raiding of his staff. How does a 63 year old guy replace half his staff and recruit without an extension? But did he deserve an extension? Is a coach entitled to extensions and raises just because he's a) An alumni, and b) had 3 stellar seasons followed by 7 up and down seasons?

I think no. But that's my opinion.

In Wise's previously and yet again atrociously vapid column, Ralph complains that Anderson has been here for only a few months and doesn't understand MD's culture. Yet Ralph takes no accountability for his own failures. Had he won more consistently, had he been able to keep a mediocre OC from destroying his staff, had he been able to put a product on the field befitting an expanded and souped up Byrd Stadium, he would have his extension. Instead, he complained the constraints in winning at MD, although he won 30+ games in his first 3 years.

That Ralph couldn't sell local kids on staying in MD, that Ralph can only now talk about the constraints of winning at MD shows a lack of imagination. He can't envision a better future for MD, so how can MD be anything more than what it is now? That's why Anderson made the change.

And he has the right to do it. It's on him. He, like Ralph did in the early 2000s, is setting expectations. He better live up to it. He's handled the PR side very poorly, but I think he made the right business decision.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 30, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Barno said,

"Friedgen would have never won those first 3 years without Scott McBrien, Randy Starks, Josh Allen, Shawn Merriman, Dominique Foxworth etc. NONE of which were Vanderlinden's players. "

Here is an article discussing how Foxworth orginally committed to Maryland when Vanderlinden was the coach.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2002-12-20/sports/0212200226_1_domonique-foxworth-airese-currie-blackney

Here is an article talking about the 2001 recruiting class which included Foxworth and Starks and how most of the work was done prior to Fridge arriving.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2004-11-25/sports/0411250283_1_friedgen-maryland-college-park

Excluding Foxworth and Starks none of the remaining players you listed even played on the Orange Bowl team.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 30, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Right after the Maryland/ECU game ESPN switches to the Baylor/Illinois Texas Bowl which featured a 6-6 Illinois team and a Baylor team in a bowl game for the first time in 15 years. Reliant Stadium in Houston was sold out! That's why Ralph is gone. He couldn't spark real interests in Maryland football. Maryland plays in a bowl game in a rundown RFK where the field looked like a horse paddock because no one wanted them.

The Fridge cannot compete in today's game. I'm not saying it's right; it's just the way phony college football and the money grubbing NCAA are today with the big money and the phony national champions, while the rest of college sports have a playoff system. Good luck to Ralph and I hope Maryland makes it over the hump, first in the ACC, then nationally. Ralph's not the guy to do it though. Twenty-plus years ago John Thompson called the NCAA out for the phonies they are, but no one wanted to listen to him.

Posted by: alphadog2 | December 30, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Friedegen is grotesquely FAT - for that he deserved to be fired.

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 30, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ralph for improving the program and leaving us in much better condition than when you arrived. That said, I agree with the move. The Terps need a coach who can make us a yearly contender in the ACC and I think Leach is the man.
We never would have been mentioned as possibilites for these caliber of coaches before Ralph arrived, so thanks.
When it comes down to it, after the 2003 Gator Bowl, Ralph lead us to 4 bowls (orlando, san fran, boise & dc)...not good enough.
There is no way you let a coach finish out his contract, that it death to recruiting.
If Franklin stayed, there is no way both get bought out. The minute Franklin bolted to Vandy, Ralph was on borrowed time.

Posted by: Terps1969 | December 30, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Pete,
Good seeing you at the game. Oh wait, you weren't there. You're never there. I'm guessing you didn't go to school during the 90's cause all I saw were losses. Fridge turned the program around. He went 9-4 this year. He's ACC COY. And we fire him? Only Maryland could be this stupid. Hope to God we get Leach or Anderson's gonna be dealing with torches and pitchforks at his door.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 29, 2010 9:12 PM

You have out done yourself with this revealing post that shows how nuts some of you Koolaid drinkers are. I live in NY where we have 20 inches of snow. The game is on a Wednesday. I bought and donated tickets to the military through the University. I didn't see you in the Garden for the games against Pitt and Illinois.

"Torches and pitchforks at the door" of our black AD? You are the worst kind of fan.

Posted by: petecard | December 30, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

This was a good year for the Terps, and Ralph earned the right to coach one more year. But he didn't earn the right to coach THREE more years, which is what he demanded. Everyone involved -- including Ralph -- realized that one more year was not a viable option, once Franklin left.

Ralph could ha gone out gracefully. Once he learned that they were not going to give him three more years, he could have said to Anderson and Franklin "as of Jan 1 2012, the job belongs to James." Alternatively, once Franklin left and Anderson told him he wouldn't return next year, he could have agreed to retire, and gone out a hero with a winning final season and ACC COY award.

But Fridge wanted what he knew he couldn't have, and really left Anderson no choice. Did Anderson go back on his word? Yes -- when circumstances changed. But remember, Ralph also went back on his word by reneging on his agreement to step aside for Franklin. I love what Ralph did for Maryland, but this mess was his own doing.

Posted by: SmittyATL | December 30, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

UMD went 8-4 in the regular season and won their bowl game in a stellar fashion. They are positioned for a great season next year.

EXCEPT now they've thrown the program into turmoil by proving that they have no soul and throwing Friedgen under the bus for gimmicky Mike Leach.

I'm thinking they've screwed up their Karma, and that it will come back to them during some big games over the next few years.

Posted by: Benson | December 30, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

All of you "morons" listing facts and proof that Maryland football is mediocre should be ashamed of yourselves. Don't you realize that Ralph is a nice guy? That should be reason enough for a 10-year extension. Plus he beat top-10 Rutgers once upon a time. That game sent shockwaves through the nation. As for attendance, maybe some of you didn't go to the Homecoming game this year but I saw upwards of 300-400 people there! I think Anderson should just shut down the program. The bar has been set too high. No coach can top that.

Posted by: epdaly | December 30, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

ECU was a terrible team, its Great that they went out with a bang...but UMD sees a couple of big name couches they can hire, that would inspire the fan base to actually show up to games.

Mike Leach and now Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator form Auburn. So if they can land either of these guys..this was a good move. Its all about $$$$$$..that is why the NCAA is so messed up & is perhaps the most hypocritical organization on the face of the planet.

And UMD is losing $$$$$$$$$$$$ lots right now under the Fridge...

Posted by: Cartaldo | December 30, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

i cant spell

Posted by: Cartaldo | December 30, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

i cant spell

Posted by: Cartaldo | December 30, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

As a '98 Alum, I could not care less about the result of the military bowl - regardless of whether we'd won or loss, I'd still be ashamed of the way Ralph was treated by this johnny-come-lately AD with no ties to the university. I was ecstatic when Debbie Yow left, we evidently managed find someone even worse. Pathetic.

Posted by: jim_arrows | December 30, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Even if the Terps had lost it is still a terrible mistake to fire Ralph Friedgen. He is and has been an outstanding coach for Maryland. You'll never find a guy who truly loves the University to coach there again. Maryland will line up behind Duke for a long time now. Ralph will come out fine and resurface on an NFL staff or a good college that will truly appreciate what he has to offer. It will be hard to pull for Maryland now. Look for the black uniforms and helmets to return.

Posted by: aliben1 | December 29, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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Oh you are sooo right!! Every NFL team that has been salivating over his success at Maryland is ready to bring him on board!!
Get real!! NO NFL team is going after this guy!! NO big time NCAA program is even going to consider him!!
He will be fortunate to get a gig at a small school or land on a staff of a larger one.
Outstanding coach???? Please!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 30, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

UMD went 8-4 in the regular season and won their bowl game in a stellar fashion. They are positioned for a great season next year.

EXCEPT now they've thrown the program into turmoil by proving that they have no soul and throwing Friedgen under the bus for gimmicky Mike Leach.

I'm thinking they've screwed up their Karma, and that it will come back to them during some big games over the next few years.

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Please, please tell me you are high!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 30, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

People, lets be honest here. Had MD beaten any of their top opponents, Miami, WVU, Clemson, FSU, we would not be having this discussion. Bottom line is MD played a weak schedule and beat weak teams, but lost to the better teams they played minus NC State. They beat a 6-6 team from Conference USA today, not SEC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC 10, BUT CONFERENCE USA!

MD, you will never be a top program unless you start thinking and acting like a top program. If you want to live with being mediocre, than keep RF. If you want to strive to be the best, invest in your program and go for it!

Posted by: Toochilled | December 29, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

See, that's the problem, because it seems pretty clear that even an Orange Bowl appearance would not have secured Ralph's job beyond next season. Had the Terps won the ACC, Franklin would have still gone to Vandy, and taken a large portion of the staff with him, and Ralph would have still been a lame duck coach. Kevin Plank would have still been trying to find a job for his buddy Leach, and Anderson would still be looking at the reality that Byrd Stadium was far short of capacity for a majority of this season's home games with a downward trend. An Orange Bowl appearance would have made it a lot harder for Anderson to justify Fridge's buyout, but I think it's obvious Ralph's fate this year was not tied to his record. Short of playing on January 10, Fridge's goose was going to be cooked the minute Franklin walked out the door.

Posted by: Russtinator | December 30, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ralph! Best wishes to you!

Posted by: steven09 | December 30, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Just remember, the only reason Leach is being GIVEN the job is because he's Kevin Plank's (Under Armour) bud.

When you sell your program to the highest bidder, don't be surprised when it doesn't turn out like you thought it would.

Posted by: Benson | December 30, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Friedgen sealed his fate when he went 2-10, with one of those wins over James Madison, at home in overtime!

Even with Franklin around, after the first few years the team fluctuated from about 6-6 for a few years then occasional exceptional years(2006, 2010).

Even if Friedgen stayed with an extension, would have to do another major overhaul to the coaching staff with Franklin and others leaving for Vandy.

Not to mention who knows how much longer Friedgen could actually coach.

It was either extend him or get rid of him. Can't have lame duck head coaches in college, kills recruiting.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

yup 44-42 over last 7 yrs was terrific

definitely should be coach for life!

Posted by: winterps1
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Friedgen's COMPLETE record as a head coach at Maryland (2001-2010) was 74-50. From 1987-2000 the Terps were 55-98 with one bowl appearance that ended in a tie. I hate this game people play with statistics. Cherry pick stats untill it supports whatever point you're trying to make.

While we're at it please also note in his 10 year tenure Friedgen took the program to 7 bowl games amassing a 5-2 bowl record.

You would have to go back to the days of Bobby Ross and Jerry Claiborne ('72-'86) to even approach the level of success witnessed during Friedgen's era.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | December 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

IF Leach is given the job, it is not "just because he's Kevin Plank's bud." I think his 10 winning seasons in 10 years at TTU; his ability to build high-scoring offenses (which tend to put fans in the seats); his record of high player graduation rates; and his clean slate with the NCAA all have something to do with it.

It's interesting that some of Anderson's critics say that he's clueless since he didn't have a new coach locked up before firing Friedgen, while others (like Mike Wise) are complaining that he's dissing Ralph by moving too fast. I remember when Auburn interviewed Bobby Petrino while Tuberville was still coach -- now THAT was sleazy. But I think Anderson has struck the right balance here, by coming up with a provisional candidate list first, then making a decision on Ralph, then defining a process and timeline for finding a replacement, and finally moving swiftly to contact the candidates. Even if he doesn't select Leach or can't agree to terms with him, he won't be starting from square one.

Posted by: SmittyATL | December 30, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

So here it is in a nutshell...The University has decided to move in a new direction with football HC...If you have been a fan for more than 10 yrs, you have seen this before (for me its been 3BB coaches, 5 or 6 ADs, 1500 players, 6 Football coaches)...it happens...true fans like Pete, myself, caphill, carolina still root for/support the Maryland teams through change...our hats, tshirts, sweatshirts still say "Maryland"...For the whiners on here, this may be the first time your "fandom" has been tested...time will tell if you can rise to the challenge.

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 30, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

You know, it never fails. As soon as someone is let go he becomes the best thing ever. If all of these people had shown this much support for Ralph over the past year or two, we wouldn't be going through this firedrill. Of course he deserves to stay, I'd rather get rid of Anderson, but since he is being replaced, I'm sure the sun will still come up tomorrow with the new guy.

Posted by: vamjf | December 30, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone realize that the words "Big win over East Carolina and Upset win over Navy" should never be in anything related to MD sports????????????

Posted by: mannymoejack1 | December 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out how ECU won 6 games. This was a nice win but it was against a team that didnt belong in a bowl. With Fridge MD was always competitive against James Madison and ECU but never against Fla St or VA Tech. It was time for him to go.

Posted by: peterspooge | December 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Either way, Friedgen is gone. I've seen rumors of Leach, rumors of Mazhlan. Who do people want to be the new head coach?

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I've been a season ticket holder for the last 6 years. In that time attendance has steadily decreased to an embarrasing level. For instance, that second rate East Carolina team from a third rate conference outdrew the Mighty Terps at home in 2010 by a mile...LOWEST home attendance for ECU this year was 48,123 vs Memphis...the Terps HIGHEST home attendance was 48,115 vs FSU. Where were all of the Ralph supporters during this monumental season? Do they spend their Saturdays blogging about the Terps instead of going to games?

At the NC State game the RV parking lot we use had 1 other RV in it...for an ENTIRE PARKING LOT. It was the last home game of the season and Maryland was having a pretty good year. The bowl committees were watching, alot was on the line for BOTH teams and there were almost 20,000 empty seats. They even asked people in the upper deck to fill in seats in the lower bowl. Where were the fans? Still home blogging?

Don't blame the AD, the bowl committee, or the economy...blame all the fans who abandoned this entire team when they needed it, during the season.

That's why we get the Military Bowl, that's why Ralph is looking for a new job.

Posted by: mbw72 | December 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

My family has had season tix since '04 when our oldest son was a freshman in the band. Neither my husband nor I are alums, but we have always loved the Terps and always will. I agree with those who ask 'Where were you when Ralph needed the support?' You sure as hell weren't in the stands. And that, pure and simple, is why Ralph isn't coming back.
I find it amusing that VT can't sell their allotment of tickets at the Orange Bowl - who is making money on all these bowl games? Surely not the universities. What a joke.

Posted by: Notaterpalum | December 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Pete,
You really must be trying to outstupid yourself with your previous comment. Its quite a talent: Just when I think you can't say anything stupider, you reach new heights. As for your fandom, it's nice to know you are such a rabid Terps football fan you will buy a ticket for someone else to the bowl game. It must have been impossible to get to DC considering it snowed on Monday and the trains were running. In summation, you love the Terps football program so much, you can't even make the four hour trip to see them in their bowl game.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 30, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

To say that I am unhappy would be a complete understatement. What has happened to Ralph Friedgen is completely bogus at best. The excuse that Maryland has given for the Fridge’s firing is lack of moving seats and boxes. What do you want? When you need to move real estate to hire a real estate specialist!

I do not want the very crazy and very unstable Mike Leach on Maryland’s campus. I do not want Mike Leach to be the next football coach at Maryland. I want the Fridge brought back with new guidelines. Get a real estate specialist to sell your boxes and seats.




Posted by: wheel12 | December 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Did you read the scouting reports for signing recruits. In the Top 25. FL State, North Carolina, Clemson, VA. Then read where the top 25 Line backers are going none to MD, Same for D Line Same for Running Backs.

Anderson must see these reports and his team has is getting very few top recruits. No team can win without the talent. Wait until MD has to play FL state and Clemson with all those top recruits in two years.

We must get a head coach that can land more top recruits.

Posted by: geoski | January 1, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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