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Posted at 6:58 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Ralph Friedgen wants to coach next season

By Steve Yanda

On Dec. 29, Ralph Friedgen will guide the Maryland football team for the final time. That doesn't neccessarily mean, though, that Friedgen is done coaching in the Terrapins' home field.

Effective Jan. 2, the school will terminate Friedgen's contract and buyout its final year. Friedgen said Wednesday that he would like to coach somewhere next season, possibly for a team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

One of the reasons Friedgen was reluctant to agree to retire or step down, said a source close to the 63-year-old coach, was because Friedgen still desires to remain a part of the sport.

"Yeah," Friedgen said when asked if he wanted to coach in 2011. "Maybe back in Byrd Stadium. Who knows?"

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 6:58 AM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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VT won't hire him as an OC - at least not for 2011, but I'd assume that he'd end up there (or GT) in some capacity eventually.

And from an earlier thread, I say the new coach is announced New Years Day @noon.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 23, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Well since it's a done deal I will stop griping about them screwing over Fridge.

I sincerely hope they are considering other candidates than the names that have been floated. There has to be some 1st tier options out there. Of the 3-4 that I keep hearing, no one else wants them.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Although Leach had a good record at Texas Tech, I'm not sure he's the genius some are making him out to be.

Gimmicky play only works until people expect it.

Posted by: Benson | December 23, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I respect Ralph for wanting to coach next year but I seriously doubt if any Division 1 program would hire him. The decline of Maryland football over the last 5 years would scare any program that wants to build a college program. The question I would like answered is was he blind to the attendence problems, unsold seats, and the level of bowls we were invited to. It is a big drop from the Orange Bowl to the Military Bowl. It seems that he ignored these problem at least to the general pulic.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | December 23, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The truth is that athletes and coaches at the college level and beyond are just pieces of meat used by the machines to generate money and notoriety for their organizations...once they have outlived their usefulness, they are cast aside and forgotten...those that make in the pros are still coveted by their universities for the fame and money they can provide...the others are quickly forgotten...one of the posters last week mentioned Johnny Rhodes working in a carpet store in Beltsville...do you think the University is providing any low cost loans or free consulting advice from their business school? Ha...the machine is focused on the next batch of meat...sometimes the saddest thing is seeing a former UMD athlete selling clothes at the mall, cars on Rockville Pike or carpeting in Beltsville

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 21, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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Sorry for just addressing this now but I wanted to clarify something. I was the one who saw Johnny Rhodes in the carpet warehouse but he was there as a purchaser. He owns his own business and was there to obtain material for a project he was working on. He/his company frequently work (as a subcontractor I believe) with my parents company and therefore, use some of the same providers.

I think UMD may have arranged the program with which he partners up with larger companies, but again, that cannot be confirmed at this time.


Posted by: fushezzi | December 23, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

In a few years, we'll wish we still had Friedgen. I'm guessing Randy Edsall is gonna be our coach. That should fill up the stands!

Posted by: aviscardo | December 23, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

aviscardo:
Randy Edsall fill up the stands? UConn can't even sell tickets to a BCS game! Last count, they sold only 4,000 of their 10,000 ticket allotment, and the state taxpayers are having to pay for the rest. Last year, they sold a whopping 2,900 tix for the papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham. Randy Edsall can't even fill up his stands! Besides, he is about as successful as Fridge; shouldn't we try to get someone BETTER than Fridge?

The curse of the Redskins is upon this team. Every coach that has left the Skins-- Norv Turner, Gregg Williams, Jim Zorn, etc.-- have come back to beat the Skins when they return. I see the same thing happening to us.

They forced out Bobby Ross back in the 80s, even though he won multiple ACC titles, consistantly won games, and even garnered a #1 preseason rating by one magazine (I'm still laughing about that). The result? Bobby (w/Fridge as his OC) wins a national championship at Ga Tech while we go to the Weed Eater Bowl for one season.

All I can say is good luck Fridge; I'll be rooting against you when you come back to Byrd, but if you win, I'll laugh to myself...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 23, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

aviscardo:
Randy Edsall fill up the stands? UConn can't even sell tickets to a BCS game! Last count, they sold only 4,000 of their 10,000 ticket allotment, and the state taxpayers are having to pay for the rest. Last year, they sold a whopping 2,900 tix for the papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham. Randy Edsall can't even fill up his stands! Besides, he is about as successful as Fridge; shouldn't we try to get someone BETTER than Fridge?

The curse of the Redskins is upon this team. Every coach that has left the Skins-- Norv Turner, Gregg Williams, Jim Zorn, etc.-- have come back to beat the Skins when they return. I see the same thing happening to us.

They forced out Bobby Ross back in the 80s, even though he won multiple ACC titles, consistantly won games, and even garnered a #1 preseason rating by one magazine (I'm still laughing about that). The result? Bobby (w/Fridge as his OC) wins a national championship at Ga Tech while we go to the Weed Eater Bowl for one season.

All I can say is good luck Fridge; I'll be rooting against you when you come back to Byrd, but if you win, I'll laugh to myself...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 23, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

LMAO.....Randy Edsall. Incredibly funny! Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: rdondero123 | December 23, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Why would this school ever go after a guy that Donald Trump actually endorsed (The U) . Mike Leach is all flash and no substance. Win a few big games and show us you can actually coach. A gimmick offense means nothing in the real world of big time college football.


Watch out Gary Williams....better win 23+ or else you will be out too...lets see...maybe Matt Doherty is in the wings just waiting for a call from this genius of an AD.

Posted by: accupicks | December 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

accupicks: Kevin Andersen is Daniel Snyder at the D-1 level. Remember when Danny-boy fired Marty Schottenheimer because Spurrier was available? How'd that work for you? Andersen fired Fridge because Mike Leach was available. Similar situation? I hope not, but then again I've seen this movie before...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 23, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and Kevin Anderson also fired Fridge to save his own face for his complete mishandling of the bowl selection process. He had no clue what he was getting into and was completely ill-prepared to sell his program -- as Debbie Yow did for years. In this new AD's eyes, we are all just so naive to believe that all we're in need of is some manufactured "buzz" in the form of a Mike Leach gimmick spread offense that stands no chance in the grind-it-out ACC. What a PoS for coming here and kicking our beloved Fridge to the curb!!!

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 23, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

C'mon - relax everyone. In KA we trust - just look what he did for Army. Besides, it'll be much less stressful to be a non-factor every year instead of being competitive and going to bowl games 70% of the time. Plus who would want to see what Ralph can do next year with a good young team and the best QB we've had in a long time? We all know he can't win with his own recruits. I miss the days of Duffner and Vanderlinden. Those were some flashy offenses...

Posted by: 95Terp | December 23, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

leach's gimmick offense managed to trick everyone for 10 years, including iirc 6 top 10 finishes (not top 10 in the conference, top 10 in the nation)

Posted by: winterps1 | December 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

C'mon - relax everyone. In KA we trust - just look what he did for Army. Besides, it'll be much less stressful to be a non-factor every year instead of being competitive and going to bowl games 70% of the time. Plus who would want to see what Ralph can do next year with a good young team and the best QB we've had in a long time? We all know he can't win with his own recruits. I miss the days of Duffner and Vanderlinden. Those were some flashy offenses...

Posted by: 95Terp | December 23, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Amazing post. Good work

Posted by: Barno1 | December 23, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


leach's gimmick offense managed to trick everyone for 10 years, including iirc 6 top 10 finishes (not top 10 in the conference, top 10 in the nation)

Posted by: winterps1 | December 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Please define "iirc" --- because if it stands for "if i recall correctly" then the answer is NO you don't. TT never finished in the top 10 in the final standings under Leach. In his best year (with the great play by Crabtree to beat TX) he had 2 losses. One of which to a decent but not great Ole Miss team -- as an Ole Miss fan, I can assure you it was not a great team -- that lost it's starting qb for most of the game.

If you're saying top 10 in yards gained or something, or if IIRC stands for something else then please let me know.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

leach's gimmick offense managed to trick everyone for 10 years, including iirc 6 top 10 finishes (not top 10 in the conference, top 10 in the nation)

Posted by: winterps1 | December 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Please define "iirc" --- because if it stands for "if i recall correctly" then the answer is NO you don't. TT never finished in the top 10 in the final standings under Leach. In his best year (with the great play by Crabtree to beat TX) he had 2 losses. One of which to a decent but not great Ole Miss team -- as an Ole Miss fan, I can assure you it was not a great team -- that lost it's starting qb for most of the game.

If you're saying top 10 in yards gained or something, or if IIRC stands for something else then please let me know.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 23, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

He will be the OC at Boston College... no real support for this statement, just a hunch. That's what he means by "in Byrd"

Posted by: mcmelton | December 23, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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