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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/18/2010

Source: Maryland has asked Friedgen to accept buyout

By Eric Prisbell

Maryland has asked Coach Ralph Friedgen to accept a buyout, a source close to Friedgen told Steve Yanda on Saturday morning.

Friedgen has not made a decision, the source said, and no deadline has been established for Friedgen to make the decision. Maryland would owe Friedgen $2 million if it chooses to fire him.

The source added that Maryland asked Friedgen to coach in the team’s game against East Carolina in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29. A school spokesperson said that, at the moment, Friedgen is expected to coach in the game, but the source said no decision has been made.

A team meeting was held Friday night, the source added, in which Athletic Director Kevin Anderson addressed the Maryland players. Several Maryland players asked who is their head coach, the source said, and that Anderson responded that he did not know at that moment.

Meantime, four Maryland assistants are deciding whether to accept offers to join James Franklin on Vanderbilt’s staff, according to a source with direct knowledge of the offers. Those assistants are defensive coordinator Don Brown, running backs coach John Donovan, wide receivers coach Lee Hull and special teams coach Charles Bankins. For those who accept Franklin's offer, contract negotiations were expected to begin Saturday morning.

If Friedgen stepped down or was fired, former Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach would emerge as the leading candidate, three sources said. There is mutual interest between Leach and Maryland, they added. Two of the sources are close to Maryland. One is close to Leach.

When reached on his cell phone Friday, Leach said that Maryland had yet to contact him.

Here is our original Friday story.

More details as they come today ...

By Eric Prisbell  | December 18, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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Comments

Ralph's legacy: (1) Outstanding offensive coach (2) Really cared about his alma mater (3) Mediocre recruiter. Coach of the Year then fired after a greatly improved season. Welcome to the real world!

Posted by: randysbailin | December 18, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

10 years before Ralph : 37-73
10 years of Ralph: 74-45

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

it's disgraceful to treat him like this. it's stupid if the best they can come up with as a replacement is mediocre leach.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Why do they want the fridge out...because he is a fridge. What recruit wants to play for a fatass like Ralph. Time they brought in a coach that looks at least in decent shape.

Posted by: nyx567 | December 18, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Is Gary Williams next? As this clown brings in his own people? I've also heard Ty Willingham mentioned. Great, hire a proven loser. Did Kevin Anderson attend the Redskins school of mismanagement?
Merry Christmas Ralph! Thanks for the years of service, and don't let the door hit you in the rear end on the way out!

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | December 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

someguy, yeah, when I said Leach's connection with Plank might count for something to ensure he stays at Maryland for the long haul that was an optimistic thing to say, I agree. In any case he would obviously be motivated to string together some success one way or the other. But yeah, he's not even 50 yet.

Posted by: jake177 | December 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Over on ESPN.com they mention Mike Leach, who might be a good fit, if Ralph takes a buyout; Ty Willingham who would not be a good fit- given his W-L record; and Mike Locksley the current coach at UNM.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5931102

Mike Locksley is the last person Maryland wants in the Head Coach department, besides being the biggest loser in NCAA Division I; he has been a disaster at UNM. His very first month on the job he had a sexual harassment suit, and then an assault on his wide receivers coach. And he would be suitable for Maryland, why?

The Fridge has been very good for Maryland, Coach of the Year! Although his recruiting is his weak spot, which everyone recognizes.
Take a page from the Pros, and get a Recruiter / Assistant (ie fill in for Franklin), and then see how next year develops; and of course the Military Bowl at RFK.

The new AD must have a need for controversy, drama, and pot stirring; when what he should be doing is filling seats, ie, price cuts on ticket packages to stimulate demand. Econ 101.

Yow must be ROTFLHAO at NCState.

Posted by: rhall2 | December 18, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I am thankful for the job that Fridge did during his tenure here. The fact that the previous AD sought to undermine him and Gary at every turn was not a productive work environment either. That being said, in today's college athletics world, it is driven by the almighty dollar. Sagging ticket sales, mediocre bowl appearances, and empty suites do not help fund an athletic department. The program has grown stale even with its success this year. Change is needed to revitalize the program and generate revenue from one of the main sources of cash for any major D1 university. That is the reality. Could things may have been done differently or with more respect? Absolutely. Change is needed, however, and let's hope they can attract a coach who can restore MD to at least part of the conversation at the national level. Today, we are not.

Posted by: opieterp | December 18, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Here is what ESPN is saying about Kevin Anderson: "what an embarrasing, disorganized display of leadership"

Here is what the Bmore Sun is calling Anderson: "classless"

When Anderson announced on the eve of the nationally televised Florida State game that he was bringing Friedgen back, several of us wondered why on earth he would put out such an obvious statement during the week. I thought it was because Anderson wanted a share of the spotlight on ABC that Saturday, and that was a sure way to get your name mentioned in the broadcast.

Now it seems Anderson really wants to make a name for himself. It's disgusting and it is classless.

Anderson must go.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

wow, maryland keeping it classy once again. trying to squeeze out the best thing that ever happened to their moribund football program after a year in which he just won conference coach of the year? what a pathetic joke!

how is it ralph's fault maryland's "fans" won't even show up to see a good team unless you roll a basketball out first?

Posted by: DCPowerGator | December 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

10 years before Ralph : 37-73
10 years of Ralph: 74-45

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:52 AM

EXACTLY. UMD should be GRATEFUL to the Fridge for restoring relevancy, class, pride, STUDENT-athletes, and a whole lot more to a program whose attendance will always be limited by being in the middle of countless pro and college teams. However, the new AD needs to understand that relative attendance was set to go way up next year, because of how good Fridge's team is going to be. Mike Leach?! Yeah, that makes about as much sense as hiring a unqualified AD from West Point to run UMD's program. Makes me sick.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

For those who say, "Why Leach?", take a flight to Lubbock, then to Waco, then to College Station, and finally to Austin. On the flight back, ask yourself, honestly, how a man could possibly win at Texas Tech.

Well, Counselor Leach found a way to make TT a nationally recognized program.

Nuff said.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 18, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

...somehow I don't think the problem is the Fridge, it's Franklin... the head-coaching position was teed up for him to take when the Fridges' contract ran out next year and he chose to go to *Vanderbilt*?

...*now*?

Sounds like someone in the AD office is having a pissy-fit.

They can't even keep their own coaches. Why are they so eager to kick-out the one good coach that they have?

Posted by: chucklebuck | December 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought we would naturally just give fridge a three year extension, replace Franklin, and have a wonderfrul year next year. I like their recruiting class. I don't really understand what Anderson has in mind. And, you don't go 74 - 45 without getting some players. Of course he can recruit.

Posted by: vamjf | December 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Great coaches don't get forced out for abusing players.

This is a sad day for UMD football.

Posted by: garrett4 | December 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge is a good coach and a Maryland alum, but is also a terrible recruiter. Fridge is known for being an offensive coach, yet our defense has been this team's strong point. With most of the coaching staff departing, it didn't make sense to keep around a guy who would only be here for another year or two and force him to rebuild his entire staff. Most assistant coaches would not have been interested in coming into an unstable situation like that.

Leach would be a tremendous hire and a pretty big upgrade over Fridge. Leach would be excitement back to Terps football. Winning 8 games with a relatively weak schedule does not constitute a great season.

Posted by: Terps04 | December 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

1st 3 years of Ralph-31 wins 8 losses
last 7 years of Ralph-43 wins 37 losses.

Posted by: fellowfan | December 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen has been a solid recruiter in his time at Maryland, averaging top 25 recruiting classes over the last decade, including some top 20/top 15, according to Rivals. How do you have the most NFL players in the ACC if you can't recruit? How do you have the most All ACC performers if you can't recruit?

The dimwits same the same thing about Gary every year...blah blah blah he can't recruit. But hey, if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start to believe it.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

For those who say, "Why Leach?", take a flight to Lubbock, then to Waco, then to College Station, and finally to Austin. On the flight back, ask yourself, honestly, how a man could possibly win at Texas Tech.

Well, Counselor Leach found a way to make TT a nationally recognized program.

Nuff said.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 18, 2010 12:49 PM

For those of you who could not be bothered to waste so much time and money flying around TX, just check out one episode of Friday Night Lights to find out how a man could possibly NOT win at TT. At the HS level especially, football is RELIGION all around Lubbock. Leach sold his soul by tapping into the overwhelming talent pool of HS athletes, but not STUDENT-athletes like the ones we have in CP. You cannot honestly deny Mike Leach ran a disgraceful program - the reason for which he was fired.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

8-4 season?

ACC Coach of the Year?

Your FIRED!

Maryland has a problem, and it's not their athletic coaches.

Posted by: Benson | December 18, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Leach made Texas Tech a national program! But that's no reason to hire a crook and a unethical coach at my alma mater. Bobby Knight made Tech a national BB program; but I would not hire him at MD either. What is Anderson thinking and who hired him?

Posted by: MikeV2 | December 18, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

merlin - due respect, but it's not like leach did something that TTU had never seen before. his winning percentage is in line with their historical average and he took over a program that posted winning records in the big 12 in each of the 4 years before leach took over. If you look at TTU's coaches of the past 40 years you will find 2 duds (Dockery and Moore)... all the others including leach had winning percentage in the range of 55% - 65%. Leach was about 4th on the list of 7 coaches in that span. Don't turn him into a miracle worker.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 18, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I wish Prisbell would take the stance the Bmore Sun is taking. From the Sun:

"If this is, in fact, Anderson's doing, how could any waiter ever trust him again? Bring the steak he ordered and he'll tell you he's decided he'd like a salad instead.

"Obviously, it's Anderson's prerogative to make a change in the football program. But his method of doing so appears, for now, to be completely illogical (or worse) pending whatever details he opts to share with us from here."

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I would only be okay with this move is Leach is the coach. If anyone else is hired, I will be very disappointed. Fridge has done more for this program than any coach. It's a shame that the whole Franklin situation ever happened. Making him head coach in waiting was dumb and only causes controversy on the field, but then again all Debbie Yow ever enjoyed was causing problems for Fridge and Gary. Sorry Ralph and thanks for everything that you brought to MD football and the University.

Posted by: Jsuf | December 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I have two degrees from Maryland, I've always loved the school. I don't happen to want a coach who locks his athletes in closets representing my school. I guess I have a quirk.

Posted by: vamjf | December 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

A closer look at the Leach record:

-9 consecutive Bowl appearances
-10 consecutive winning seasons
-8 consecutive seasons with at least 8 wins
-more Bowl wins (5) than any coach in the history of TT

Lastly, I'm an ACC guy, but we're clearly not the Big 12 in football...

AND, for those who question Leach's ethical record, check the facts (the local Lubbock media is a great starting point...)

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Fire Anderson! Guy is a clown who has no business running a D1 program.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Now with Franklin gone and Ralph on his way out in a classless move, what will it take for Danny O'Brien to move on?

Posted by: n6797p1 | December 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

merlin - again, he took over a solid program that was already running the run and shoot. he didn't do anything special besides the one year when crabtree was unstoppable. Plus he was consistnet pain in the A for administration, postering for more $$$ until they eventually realized that no other program wanted him, so they stopped bidding against themselves. And comparing his bowl invitations against previous TTU coaches is disingenuous as he happened to coach in an era with many more bowl invitations to be had. Winning percentage is more fair point of comparison, but you ommitted b/c it weakens your argument.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 18, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Leach is by far a better coach. The Fridge's best years were his first 3...Leach has a better record as a head coach, had better players, and a far more explosive team

10 consecutive winning seasons
8 consecutive seasons with at least 8 wins
4 seasons with at least 9 wins[61]
1 season with 11 wins
9 consecutive bowl appearances[62]
5 bowl wins (most by any individual coach in the history of the program)[62]
4 seasons completed with team ranked in the Top 25[63]
19–11 record against in-state conference rivals Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M
53–11 record at Jones AT&T Stadium, home of the Texas Tech Red Raider football team
2008 AP Big 12 Coach of the Year[31]
2008 Big 12 Coach of the Year[32]


Now tell me how Friedgen is a better coach!! It's time for a change and the time is now

Posted by: babycas2000 | December 18, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ever since Little Danny bought the Redskins, I have had my Sundays and some Monday nights free. Now, it looks like UMCP is getting rid of half of the first class coaches at UMCP that actually care and deliver quality teams. Once this new jerk AD gets rid of Gary, the ACC conference play and March Madness will mean nothing to me.

Of course, the new AD will have a bunch of yes people, but the teams will go back to the way they were before Ralph and Gary, uncompetative and worthless. I mean, this town has already seen what a guy from Texas can do for the nation in 8 short years, no?

Pathetic. Reminds me of Baltimore trading of the quarterback that just won them the Super Bowl. Classless jerks all of them.

Posted by: misfit614 | December 18, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Plus he was consistnet pain in the A for administration, postering for more $$$ until they eventually realized that no other program wanted him, so they stopped bidding against themselves. And comparing his bowl invitations against previous TTU coaches is disingenuous as he happened to coach in an era with many more bowl invitations to be had. Winning percentage is more fair point of comparison, but you ommitted b/c it weakens your argument.

Posted by: mcmelton


Are you talking about Fridge??

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"Now with Franklin gone and Ralph on his way out in a classless move, what will it take for Danny O'Brien to move on?"

----------------------------------------

If Leach is bringing the same offense he had in Lubbock, O'Brien would be an idiot to leave.

Posted by: ouvan59 | December 18, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Look, no one wants for the Terps to continue to go 7-5, 8-4, 2-10...The team needs better recruits, and more consistency...I really don't understand how/why you guys are shooting down Leach being the head coach, Friedgen continues to get out coached. It's just really funny to me that a lot of you guys only go by what you see on ESPN or what some analyst says on the radio. For all of you that want and love the Fridge so much, follow him to whatever team that decides to take him, because I guarantee you that if Leach becomes the coach, Maryland will not only be a better and more consistent team, but they will fill the seats

Posted by: babycas2000 | December 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

10 years before Ralph : 37-73
10 years of Ralph: 74-45

these number seem accurate. Unreal, this story. unreal. I mean just the biggest slap in the face for the fridge. I remember MD Football before the fridge. Just unreal.

Posted by: tony28 | December 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Friedgen
40 years experience

7 bowl games in 10 seasons at a school that had gone to 1 bowl game in previous 15 years

Winner of the Gator Bowl
Winner of the Peach Bowl
Winner of the Champs Bowl
Winner of the Humanitarian Bowl

Fridge's teams have won 4 out of the last 5 bowls w/ a combined score of 151-73 favoring MARYLAND.

Awards
Broyles Award (1999)
AFCA COY (2001)
Associated Press COY (2001)
2 × ACC Coach of the Year (2001, 2010)
Eddie Robinson COY (2001)
George Munger Award (2001)
5x placed in ACC Coach of the Year top 3 voting (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010)
Home Depot COY (2001)
Sporting News COY (2001)
Walter Camp COY (2001)
Woody Hayes Trophy (2001)

Friedgen's offenses have gone on to win the National Championship at Georgia Tech

Friedgen's offenses have gone on to the Super Bowl at San Diego

Pre Ralph 1993-2000: 32,582 average attendance

Post Ralph 2001-2009: 49,187 average attendance

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Who else is reminded of 1997 when Peter Angelos fired Davey Johnson within days of him being named AL Manager of The Year? Bizarre. Let's home Kevin Anderson recovers from this better than Angelos ever did.

Posted by: Shas | December 18, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

babycas2000.... what sort of guarantee are you offering? I'll gladly take your money on that one.

if you run off an alum who rebuilt a program out of scraps you better hit a homerun with your replacement. no one who knows anything about football thinks leach is a savior. i'm not trying to prove he can't coach, but there is nothing in his track record that shows he would be a great coach.

this would be like firing gary to bring in mike jarvis.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 18, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ok Barno

Mike Leach

10 consecutive winning seasons
8 consecutive seasons with at least 8 wins
4 seasons with at least 9 wins[61]
1 season with 11 wins
9 consecutive bowl appearances[62]
5 bowl wins (most by any individual coach in the history of the program)[62]
4 seasons completed with team ranked in the Top 25[63]
19–11 record against in-state conference rivals Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M
53–11 record at Jones AT&T Stadium, home of the Texas Tech Red Raider football team
2008 AP Big 12 Coach of the Year[31]
2008 Big 12 Coach of the Year[32]
Coached 1 Fred Biletnikoff Award (Best Wide Receiver) winner: Michael Crabtree (two-time winner)
Coached 1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (Best Senior Quarterback) winner: Graham Harrell
Coached 1 Mosi Tatupu Award (Best Kick Returner) winner: Wes Welker
Coached 3 Sammy Baugh Trophy (Outstanding Quarterback) winners: Kliff Kingsbury, B.J. Symons, and Graham Harrell
More than 150 NCAA, Big 12 and school records broken as Texas Tech's head coach[

Friedgen's offense may have won a national championship at Georgia Tech, but it hasn't done too much for Maryland...I've been to plenty of Maryland games over the years, and I can't recall too many games where their has been 40,000 plus in attendance

Posted by: babycas2000 | December 18, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'll miss him. Great coach, great guy.

Posted by: Chigliak | December 18, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What the AD is claiming to be the biggest reason for buying Fridge out is declining attendance. UMD averages almost 20,000 more fans since Fridge arrived!!! Some people have really short memories. And some people, like the new AD have no memory at all.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy watching a successful MD football team, but being an alum of a respectable school where academics and ethics are the priority is more important to me. I don't know the inside story on Leach necessarily, but I certainly don't associate him with respectability.

I also have to think that recruits are aware of how an AD runs things.

Posted by: acebojangles | December 18, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Football IS religion in Lubbock, but the problem is that the place is loaded with DII and DIII talent.

Let the courts decide Leach's character...I suspect the ESPN talking head, Craig James, will be the one w/egg on his face.

Trust me: Leach WILL put fannies in the seats (on the aluminum benches) at Byrd!

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 18, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I've been to plenty of Maryland games over the years, and I can't recall too many games where their has been 40,000 plus in attendance

Posted by: babycas2000 | December 18, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

You're full of crap. Prior to this past year, Maryland has averaged--AVERAGED!-more than 49,000 fans per game. 20 of the to 25 all time attendance records have been set on Friedgen's watch.

Why is it that the Friedgen haters must resort to lies in order to diminish his record at MD? It's pathetic.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this episode is to see Barno ready to slit his wrists. Don't forget to put plenty of hot water in the tub Barno.
Now you can turn to your Skins full time. Wah, wah, wah...

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What the AD is claiming to be the biggest reason for buying Fridge out is declining attendance. UMD averages almost 20,000 more fans since Fridge arrived!!!

-tomfoley1

- OK Tom ,well you better get this new information to UMD right away..they were under the impression that attendance had been declining steadily for the last 7 years

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

But that's the problem, 40-50k isn't jack at the D1 level...With the number of UMD alums in the greater DC/Balt area, they should be averaging 55 - 60k, ESPECIALLY for meaningful games such as NCSU.

Look, Fridge had a great run...I'll donate $$ to build a damn statue of the guy off of Terp Alley...but there comes a time for all of us and RF's is upon him.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | December 18, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Let me start by saying I'm a huge MD fan, I have season tickets, I have bowl game tickets, and generally like Ralph as coach. I think the problem for Ralph and the future is ticket sales. He came in with a bang that lasted through the 5-6 seasons in 2004 & 2005. The 2006 season was great, but since then, there's been little excitement. Ticket sales have dropped off considerably. I love tailgating and continue to support the Terps, but for whatever reason, the local fans just do not support the team very much. There could be many reasons, but it starts with Ralph and potential season ticket holders are just not excited about his teams. I almost feel bad for the guy (he makes more money in 1 year than I will in 20 so I don't feel too bad for him).

To all the Barnos out there, do you envision a scenario where Ralph brings the fans back to Byrd? Sadly, I don't see it.

The most likely scenario I can envision to bring fans back to Byrd is to hire Mike Leach as head coach and keep Don Brown as DC. That would be a nasty combination of excitement on both sides of the ball.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | December 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

terpfanma,
Who would've guessed the attendance would have declined from being sold-out in a season in which they went to the Orange Bowl. You mean to tell me their are a few front-running fans in the DC area?! NO, that's not possible.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen has been a solid recruiter in his time at Maryland, averaging top 25 recruiting classes over the last decade, including some top 20/top 15,

-Barno1

Barny, at least make sure your stats are accurate..you know what they say about repeating lies...

Only ONCE in the last decade has UMD had a top 25 recruiting class and that was 2004 (2005 was originally ranked 16 but was dropped to 27 when Melvin Alaeze failed to enroll)

I see you are also posting last years attendance averages again...good move

Where are your decade old stats on racial preferences?


When are you leaving UMD fandom? Will you wait for the official announcement or will you leave after the bowl game? Are you still going to the bowl game? You promised the withdraw ALL support from MD if Fridge left

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

terpfanma,
Who would've guessed the attendance would have declined from being sold-out in a season in which they went to the Orange Bowl. You mean to tell me there are a few front-running fans in the DC area?! NO, that's not possible.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's think about this....Fridge had alot of success with someone else's players...our coach in waiting left for a SEC perennial loser...Reality is MD Football is hurting and needs a new direction and just because Leach has a run in with a player whose Dad happens to be a big mouth ESPN analyst does not make him a criminal....the style that he would bring to College Park will create excitement and put butts in the seats...Fear the Turtle

Posted by: terps20715 | December 18, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Of the Top 30 crowds all time in Byrd Stadium history, only 2 have occured during the last 3 seasons:

20. Florida State, 11/22/08: 51,620
24. Virginia Tech, 11/14/09: 51,514

These numbers are straight from umterps.com. I went to the VT game and it was all VT fans so that game shouldn't even count as good for MD attendance.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | December 18, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Marland is not a football school, & the ACC is not a football conference (try as they might).

Anderson (& the ACC) seems to have decided to bring UMD to the lucrative world of big-time, BCS football relevance. I suspect that this plan is what got him hired, so expecting him to get tossed over all this is very unrealistic. This transition, which Bobby Ross tried to make, oh, 20+ years ago (& left the school over), means stepped-on toes, hurt feelings, & the shafting of an excellent coach. Doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be at UMD - it's all about the Benjamins, baby.

And it's true that, if MD successfully makes the transition, the $, & the fans, will (most likely) come, but at how high a price? Loss of reputation & credibility (Anderson), cut-throat recruiting, violations & sanctions, sleazy coaches, etc.

Only time will tell if it's worth it, but the way it's being done is shameful.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Tom, this is from 2009 and it only got worse in 2010...dispute it if you will...


Maryland's season ticket sales have declined each year since the 2005 season, according to numbers provided by the university. The school sold 31,661 season tickets in 2005, but just 26,774 this season

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The point is as much as you terpfanma and the AD want to believe UMD is religion around these parts, get real, it ain't. This is not Lubbock. We should be thankful that a graduate of our school, a man of high integrity, class, etc. has created and given us a program to be proud of - and happened to make the university a ton of money in the process, by increasing the attendance by an average of almost 20K. It's a shame that way too often, people don't appreciate what they had until it's gone. I've been around long enough to know that 10 years from now, after countelss sanctions, violations, inconsistent attendance, etc. you'll understand. THIS IS NOT THE BIG 12 AND NEVER WILL BE.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, of course Fridge should be loved and appreciated by us all. And I am sure Anderson will honor Fridge to the fullest extent that Ralph lets himself be honored. The big question is: should you entrust the long-term future to Fridge at this point?

Anderson is looking at the facts. No, not the past facts, but where we are now. Not much of a recruitment record--in a good year the Terps are mid-pack of the ACC. Lagging fan base interest in the program. Not much respect among the bowl committees. Mid-pack ACC or worse in recent years when you look at the record of Ws and Ls. At Ralph's age and presumed health, is he the one to turn the program around? Yes, he could do fine for a couple years, no doubt. But the Terps are at the crossroads now. Assistant coaches may be leaving. Recruits may leave, unless a positive new start s provided.

A fresh infusion into the program of enthusiasm is needed--a long term solution, or at least a chance of one. If we could have Ralph for a few more years without damaging the Terps' long-term building prospects, I am fine with that. But the odds will be improved with a new start. All of this is more practical than it is "classless" or clueless. ADs have to think long-term.

Posted by: EdDC | December 18, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

BARNO

So you mean to tell me that Maryland just about sells out every game?!? Ok, so now you're really swimming in the deep end...Maryland couldn't fill Byrd stadium to capacity if it gave away all of their tickets...No one goes to Maryland games, and no one follows them on the road, hence the bowl game at RFK that they still haven't sold out yet lol...Get real

And I wish you guys would stop putting Gary Williams in this, Gary has changed his ways and does a better job with recruiting, and he has a National Championship that will keep him here for quite some time...There is no comparison between Gary and Ralph

Posted by: babycas2000 | December 18, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Ralph has done a lot of good at the school - and he's now the victim of raised expectations. Some of us aren't satisfied with mediocrity and all signs pointed to more of the same from our chubby friend. I applaud Anderson for having the guts to make a tough decision and look forward to buying 2011 season tickets for the first time since 2006.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ralph accepted the buyout:

http://maryland.247sports.com/Article/BREAKING-Friedgen-Accepts-Buyout-8755

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | December 18, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ralph has done a lot of good at the school - and he's now the victim of raised expectations.
Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 2:24 PM

Well said.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

foley,
I am not saying UMD is religion and I have never said anything +/- about leach or any of the other candidates...I realize we are not Big12....Fridge got MD to pony up big money expanding Byrd and putting in Lux boxes and promising to deliver a consistent top 25 program..along the way, he enriched himself with a $2M salary....So UMD bot into his vision, invested $50M in stadium upgrades, pumped up his salary and now they are losing money each year because the team is sporadic and fans arent going to the games.

On top of all that, after going 10-14 during the last 2 years, he expects bonuses and a contract extension (n the press no less)...I am sure that struck KA as slightly out of touch with reality..

Additionally, while I think he likes UMD, there is nothing in his background that suggests he doesnt put $$ first...if you remember he wanted to quit on MD as a player, had no problem leaving for GT with Ross, was rumored to be interviewing for a NFL job after his first MD season, signed a contract obligating $1M payment to JF and then changed his mind, sticking UMD with $1M liability....Now, I am not saying a coach shouldnt look after himself first, but I am saying that he treated UMD very objectively and UMD has every right to be very objective with him in return

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

In the meantime, he did a good (not great) job for the university and the university repaid him by giving him his first HC job and making him a fairly wealthy man in the process...he will have a firm place in UMD history and ironically will leave on top

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Well said, terpfanma. It is biz afterall for both sides, but the way this thing played out was in the words of Ken Biatrice, "aBIZmal."

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

People, let me set the story straight about Mike Leach:

First of all, Mike Leach never locked Adam James in a closet, or a shed or anything like that. That whole thing was complete and total fabrication put together by the TTU administration, Craig James and ESPN, and Speath Communications (a PR firm hired by Craig James to release Youtube videos, etc.)

Please see the following link for more information about Mike Leach's innocence:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/540633-the-mike-leach-firing-testimonies-and-videos-that-show-leachs-innocence

Other than that B.S. above, Mike Leach has never had any other type of accusation of mistreating players. And the sad thing is, all of you have bought into the B.S. that ESPN has fed you!

Mike Leach was fired over money and egos. Plain and Simple. Lubbock, TX (and I should know; it is where I grew up) is a Baptist/Church of Christ/Bible Beating/Good 'Ole Boy type of town. And you are even remotely different or unique, you are a target for outcast. That is a FACT! Not only that, but he was fired 1 DAY before being paid a 800k bonus!! Do you think that was an accident?? I think not.

When Mike Leach was at TTU they had record ticket sales, went to 10 straight bowl games, and expanded the stadium 3 times!!

For those of you who say that Mike Leach doesn't recruit student athletes, well heres' what I have to say about that: Mike Leach puts academics 1st! Always has, and always will. Mike Leach has a PHD himself. He also had the HIGHEST GRADUATION RATES OF ANY PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION!! while he was at Texas Tech!

Recruiting: Texas Tech is/has always been a place for the rejected recruits of Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. (see Wes Welker, etc.) Mike Leach took 3 star recruits and turned them in winners because he teaches total team effort. Then, 4 star recruits like Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell found Tech. If he can do that with reject recruits, imagine what he could do at a place like Maryland! Maryland is capable of recruiting top recruits, even if just by location alone. Lubbock is a hard sale. It is dust and tumbleweed town. Many great players even from West Texas, still choose Texas, and Texas A&M, over Tech.

Most former players speak very highly of Coach Leach. I know one personally. Is Coach Leach a tough coach. Yes. He doesn't tolerate slacking. He holds his players accountable to a high standard of effort. (see the former players'/coaches' supportive emails). Adam James was a self entitled brat who thought he was bigger than the program because of who his dad is.

The fact is: Most Texas Tech Fans were and still are disgusted at what the TTU administration did to Coach Leach. They have continually tried to serve us the Kool Aid. Claiming false season ticket sales and attendance numbers this year. Support has been down and people are not happy. You people don't know how lucky you will be if you get Coach Leach!

Posted by: Stufrogg | December 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this episode is to see Barno ready to slit his wrists. Don't forget to put plenty of hot water in the tub Barno.

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, Poopy_McPoop got banned by the Post for posting similar comments. I think there are hundreds of readers who love nothing more than to see you booted from this site. We'll see if the Post will rid of us of your despicable comments now.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This smells like a Bob Wade move to me. I don't trust Anderson.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | December 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Coach Friedgen.

Maryland Fans Support you and Appreciate you.

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The new AD owns this, he will rise or fall on this Friedgen / Franklin matter.

Yow is ROTFLHAO, right?

Posted by: rhall2 | December 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget petecard's HITLER references. If that slime bucket petecard gets kicked off this site, the real fans on here should throw a party.

I mean, telling someone to slit their wrist? Really?? Because you disagree with them on a sport issue? Petecard should be removed permanently.

Posted by: this_guy | December 18, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

merlin - again, he took over a solid program that was already running the run and shoot. he didn't do anything special besides the one year when crabtree was unstoppable

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Wow! what an ignorant statement above!

Before Mike Leach, the Texas Tech program was a 3 running plays in a cloud of dust and punt type of team. If I recall two Doak Walker Awards were given to Tech running backs by the previous coach. When Mike Leach got there, he took over a program in disarray: a program that was under sanctions for recruiting violations. There was never any type of run-and-shoot there (and besides: the Air Raid is much different than the Run and Shoot) before Leach got there. He didn't have any players to work with.

Also, as I recall, Tech was finishing higher than Maryland over the last 10 years. They were a constant figure in the top 25 and they are still the only team in the Big 12 to never have a losing season since the big 12 inception. The Crabtree year was great...and that is an indication of the star power Mike Leach can attract!

Solid Program: hmmmmm.....I don't think so. Losing to North Texas every other year doesn't constitute to a solid program to me. Before Mike Leach, Tech bragged about having 40,000 in attendance for opening day (the stadium held 51,000 at the time: lots of empty seats). The program was not at all solid before Leach. The success you are thinking of in regards to Tech is what Leach Built!

Posted by: Stufrogg | December 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Fridge is going out on top and nobody will ever be able to take that away from him...COY, Bowl Appearance, and a season that exceeded expectations...history has a way of blurring the lines and Fridge will be remembered in UMD history for his successful seasons, bringing UMD football back and proving it can be done in CP.

He is now a very wealthy man and his family is financially set for life and can pursue whatever he wants at this point..

I am sure the bowl game will be very emotional

Thank You Fridge!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Yep, if anything good has come of this, it's that Petecard's days are numbered on this site. At least we won't have to listen to his ranting against our legendary coaches and best players anymore.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"The best thing about this episode is to see Barno ready to slit his wrists. Don't forget to put plenty of hot water in the tub Barno."

Barno is also a huge Gilbert Arenas defender and thinks Arenas has never done anything wrong and that he is still a great player. It looks like Arenas was just traded to the Magic.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Either Anderson has deep commitment to taking this program to the next level or he is a complete idiot. I hope he has a plan that is better than these rumors that we are hearing.

The one positive out of all of this is it is pretty rare for a job to become open coming off an 8 win season with a stud QB of the future. That should make the job more appealing to someone hopefully better than the pirate-obsessed Leach.

Posted by: garrett4 | December 18, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Barny....its no different than the personal attacks(which also violate the standard) you deliver here on a daily basis

grow a pair!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

What do we know about Athletic Directors at Maryland over the last 15 years?

Backstabbers, even when they are competent.

Morals & Ethics should be a required course for these people.

It puts a bad light on the Institution.

Go Terps!

The King is dead, long live the King.

Posted by: rhall2 | December 18, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Fridge is going out on top and nobody will ever be able to take that away from him...COY, Bowl Appearance, and a season that exceeded expectations...history has a way of blurring the lines and Fridge will be remembered in UMD history for his successful seasons, bringing UMD football back and proving it can be done in CP.

He is now a very wealthy man and his family is financially set for life and can pursue whatever he wants at this point..

I am sure the bowl game will be very emotional

Thank You Fridge!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Why can't you post comments like this more often instead of your tirades against his physical appearance and calling people racists?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Barno is also a huge Gilbert Arenas defender and thinks Arenas has never done anything wrong and that he is still a great player. It looks like Arenas was just traded to the Magic.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh he's being traded for another all star, that must mean he sucks. Not sure what Arenas has to do with anything, but please do me a favor and don't make up a position I have never taken. I never said Arenas has never done anything wrong. What a strange comment. I always said it was stupid to bring guns into the locker room. Of course, a federal judge didn't think it was worth of prison sentence, but again what does this have to do with anything?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

$2 mln to fire a FOOTBALL COACH!?????? Absurd. Let him work out his time; then, hire a hotshot high school coach for five years at $250k with $50k increments each of the remaining four years; repeat; repeat. So many of these bozos are somebody's son or nephew that outliers have no chance to be hired.

How much have undergraduate tuition and student activity fees risen during Mf Friedgen's tenure? $2 mln!!!!? Ridiculous.

Posted by: mini2 | December 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I know you would not have noticed but I toned down my comments about his appearance over the last couple of months...the racist piece was deserved, it was a silly statement that you made even if you did read about it in a book....

I guess I am still in shock....never would have expected this in a million years...as you know, I was not in favor of an extension until next year was underway but assumed he was a lock to come back in 2011 and assumed we would have a pretty good year...+8 wins was definitely in play

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 18, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

10 years before Ralph : 37-73
10 years of Ralph: 74-45

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:52 AM

This is a disgrace, if Leach comes in I'll root for him and the boys but still, treating an alum 2x COY like this is insane, 7 bowl games, lots of exciting games, whatever happens, THANK YOU COACH!

Posted by: terp51 | December 18, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Already TerpfanMA, I'll accept that. Petecard is on his way out out, you can count on that. How bout a truce between you and the FOF (fans of fridge)?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

This like the Danny, Vinny, and Shanahan show, redux.

What a complete PR clusterfook.

Are they just looking for headlines?

Posted by: rhall2 | December 18, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am sorry to see Coach Friedgen go. He and his ENTIRE family have been an asset to the University (his daughters go to Maryland, and Gloria's reputation as a kind soul to the players is well understood.)

IT SUCKS to have it go down this way. But zoom out a minute and look at a theoretical "what's best for UM?"

Franklin is gone, and may very well take four important members of the staff with him. BEFORE the bowl game. Coach has only one more year left on his contract, and a new AD who has his own impression of what he wants the football program to resemble. Kevin Anderson's decision tree - I posit - looks thusly:

1) Extend Ralph, then look for a new coach after the extension runs out,
2) Don't extend Ralph, look in 2012 for a new coach,
3) Make a change now.

Let's further posit - rather safely - that Anderson did not nor ever consider extending Ralph's contract past 2011. That emasculates the decision tree.

Is it "right"? Is it elegant? Of course not. Time will tell if the next guy is the right one. But it is Kevin Anderson's job to make decisions, and you definitely don't want a guy to sit around for two years thinking about the direction of the football program before he does something about it.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | December 18, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

so we hire a coach that's suing ESPN, wanna bet where our games end up FOREVER? yep, welcome to ESPN3-land.... grrrrr....

Posted by: terp51 | December 18, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Please don't bring up coaching salaries. Anyone that has taken econ101 can easily explain to you why a coach makes the income they receive.

Posted by: garrett4 | December 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Check it out, Funk Soul Brothas: it just got uglier!

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bal-ralph-friedgen-james-franklin-maryland-1218,0,39281.story

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | December 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just more MD recruits for Penn State.

Posted by: state82 | December 18, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-schmuck-terps-friedgen-1219-20101218,0,3460699.column

Posted by: mcmelton | December 18, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Other than USC (which is a unique case), can someone name one other college football program in a large metropolitan area in better shape than Ralph Freigen's? There is a reason why you can't. The top recruits always go to a school where they are the ONLY show in town. This AD and his boosters sincerely need a reality check if they think Maryland football can "go to the next level." We are not VaTech where there is literally NOTHING else going on.

Seriously, can someone name a program whose premier status we are trying to attain?

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The stands arent full so get rid of Ralph? Stupid move. Love the guy. He has real class and has improved our program. If they can him, they will not be seeing me back at Byrd stadium next year.

Posted by: jaygatsby27 | December 18, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Sad day for Maryland Athletics. I just want to say a big "Thank You" to Coach Friedgen for the job he did over the past ten years. Seven bowls in ten years and putting Maryland on the football map of respectability; he always acted with class no matter what the situation. He represented the school well and I am always proud to wear my Maryland shirts, even though I reside in South Carolina.
This just goes to show the business side of college football. One of the classes I teach in high school is Economics and I tell my students all the time: MONEY is the only thing that matters in today's society. Fridge was brought in to turn the football program around: he far exceeded everyone's expectations, and now money is the reason he's being driven out. And yes, he'll get $2 million for leaving; but deep down, money can't replace the hurt he'll feel from the way he was treated by his alma mater. I remember when loyalty meant something in life. No matter what anyone thinks, you have to agree that he wasn't treated fairly with this kind of departure. He deserved to go out on his own terms; he's earned that right.
I hope we all can put our differences aside for another 11 days, root these boys on against ECU, and support Fridge in what will be an emotional week and a half for him and his family.
Thanks again Fridge. Turtle Nation loves you!

Posted by: ChrisinSC | December 18, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

As a Terp alumnus, I am sad that Coach Friedgen is leaving. He did his best, and it was very good. I hope the University does more in his honor, such as name something honorable after him.

I don't want an ethically challenged coach, and I don't want men's basketball and football to eat up the entire effort of the athletic department.

Thank you Coach, for your efforts. I'm sorry they weren't more fruitful.

Posted by: GABinOdenton | December 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I was just browsing the Post, when I came upon this article. My first reaction, as is the case anytime I see "news" of this nature is, do we really care? With academics in the current state they are in this country, I only wish as much attention were given to the state of affairs within the classroom. Sad commentary, but as always, the athletic tail wags the academic dog. Oh, and don't give me that garbage about revenues from athletics trickling down. BULL! If that is the case, why are budgets so tight, furloughs rampant, educational skills at an all time low. I wish these mindless sports lemmings would get their priorities straight and recognize the college experience for what it is. The period of time to prepare one's self for the economic challenges ahead, not the Saturday afternoon to booze up, throw up and then figure out why they flunked the English exam or can't explain simple mathematical functions.

Posted by: sfphysicsdude | December 18, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I've never bought the nonsense that the Fridge only won because of the great Vanderlinden's players. Lost in that argument is the minor point that Vanderlinden wasn't able to win w/ Vanderlinden's players.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 18, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Get a top recruiter (not Xboxley), keep Brown and the loyal staff and build w/ the best assistants UMD can get that fit the plan of winning the Military this season and the Orange at minimum 2011/12 (Next season).

Last BCS Bowl for UMD: 2002 Orange. Coach - Ralph Freidgen.

Last BCS Bowl for UMD before that: 1956 Orange. Coach - Jim Tatum...

That is all....

Posted by: Realness1 | December 18, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Classless move by UMD.I'll go to the Military Bowl and that will be it for me. I don't see any need to reward this behavior and there are plenty of other things to do on Saturday afternoons. I think everyone knows the ACC is not the Big 12 and UMD is not USC/Ohio State/Florida, etc. If my school can't conduct itself in an honorable way, there is nothing to support.

Posted by: didnik | December 18, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen has seen success at Maryland, but I've always felt his incredible mass hindered recruiting of young athletes who expected to receive physical conditioning as well as coaching.

Posted by: slipuvalad | December 18, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Re ticket sales, isn't it the HC's job to win football games and the AD's job to run a marketing program to generate excitement to garner more ticket sales? I don't see ticket sales as a Ralph issue as long as he's winning. In fact, a good marketing campaign with incentives and directed marketing could increase sales even in losing seasons.

Posted by: MrScrotums | December 18, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Realness1 wrote

"Get a top recruiter (not Xboxley), keep Brown and the loyal staff and build w/ the best assistants UMD can get that fit the plan of winning the Military this season and the Orange at minimum 2011/12 (Next season).

Last BCS Bowl for UMD: 2002 Orange. Coach - Ralph Freidgen.

Last BCS Bowl for UMD before that: 1956 Orange. Coach - Jim Tatum...

That is all...."

Two errors. Loxley was not involved in recruiting Victor Abimiri. He was not well liked At Gilman and was intentionally not involved in recruiting Abimiri.

When Maryland was undefeated in the regular season in 1977 they played in the Cotten Bowl was at the time was one of the big four New Years day bowls. The BCS did not start until much later.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

God bless Ralph, he did a lot for the Terrapins, but things have been stale for a while. The team is very mediocre and season ticket sales have gone down every year the past three to five. College ball is a business. Period. For those that say this is classless how many season tickets do you own?

The DMV area has a wealth of football talent. No excuse for MD not to be better than they are. Leach runs an exciting offensive system that might attract crowds. It's that simple. And Locksley was a great recruiter for the Terps. He left and a lot of top talen from the DMV went to Illinois with him. He's no HC, but bring him back as an assistant/head of recruiting.

As for why Anderson said he would bring him back he did that so Franklin would be looking for other opportunities and MD could get out from under his 1 million buyout. He took the Vandy job and MD is free of paying him the 1 million. If Anderson says Friedgen is out then Franklin is expecting to be the coach. Anderson had to say Ralph was returning to push Franklin out the door.

MD has too much going for it to be a mediocre football program. Period.

Posted by: soulfoundation | December 18, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. Lockslee that hurt recruiting. Cotton is 2nd tier now. Was Fridge on that staff? Orange is still top tier.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I have a question for all of the people that are outraged. How would you have the Friedgen era end? If you say "whenever he decides to leave" or "in 5 years" or something like that, it really isn't an answer unless the program gets the death penalty. There will have to be some sort of transition. Because of that, an ugly ending is inevitable. The only situation that works in theory is a coach-in-waiting situation and Ralph decides to retire. And I think we all know how well coach-in-waiting situations work out. So, Anderson had a tough decision to make. RF seems like a nice guy but is clearly on the back 9 of his life and career. Ralph had to go at some point and with faced with the task of rebuilding a staff for a guy that nobody is sure has a lot of years left, Anderson bit the bullet and is trying to address the issue right now. Thanks for pulling Maryland out of the Duffner / Vanderlinden doldrums, Ralph, but time to move on.

Posted by: epdaly | December 18, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

This whole week has been nothing less than "Sports Insanity" in the DC metro area.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | December 18, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I like Friedgen. But as I stated before college ball is nothing but a business. MD excites no one. They have no buzz. Anderson is a new AD and just like in the NFL when a new GM is hired a new HC is probably on the way too. The new guy usually wants his own guy. We don't know what is going on behind the scenes. Lets not make a saint out of Freidgen. He is a coach AND businessman in his own right.

NCAA has never been a pollyanna model of operation. For all of the outrage about how this thing is going down, MD is no better or worse than any other college program. They all have dirt on their hands somewhere. You want what you believe to be good, honest, fair amateur competition go to a Pop Warner game. Because that's where you will find it, not through the NCAA.

Posted by: soulfoundation | December 18, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I like Friedgen. But as I stated before college ball is nothing but a business. MD excites no one. They have no buzz. Anderson is a new AD and just like in the NFL when a new GM is hired a new HC is probably on the way too. The new guy usually wants his own guy. We don't know what is going on behind the scenes. Lets not make a saint out of Freidgen. He is a coach AND businessman in his own right.

NCAA has never been a pollyanna model of operation. For all of the outrage about how this thing is going down, MD is no better or worse than any other college program. They all have dirt on their hands somewhere. You want what you believe to be good, honest, fair amateur competition go to a Pop Warner game. Because that's where you will find it, not through the NCAA. Anderson is out to get MD an exciting coach, with name recognition (for better or worse) in the hope of winning games SO THEY CAN MAKE MONEY. Hello???

College football specifically and basketball to a slightly less degree are where colleges make a lot of their money. And don't think alums don't give more when their college team is nationally renowned. Good football/basketball programs, more money for other school initiatives including in the academic sectors of the university.

Posted by: soulfoundation | December 18, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

18 holes of golf on a beautiful winter day in NY was a lot better than dealing with the shock that people are feeling on this board. But it sure is understandable as this caught just about everybody by surprise. Say all you want about Anderson, but we do have and AD who is willing to make a difficult decision. It's going to take a while for this whole thing to get worked out, but in the end we might end up with one of the best and most exciting coaches in the country. The best scenario I can see is this: Coach Friedgen leads the Terps to a win in the Military Bowl and accepts a fair settlement with the University. He gets all the recognition he deserves for his contributions and has a positive ongoing affiliation with the University. Mike Leach becomes the new head coach and brings in a great staff. Our current team quickly embraces the new regime. Maryland wins the 2011 ACC Championship and becomes a consistent contender and Top 25 regular.

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Firing the ACC Coach of the Year because your high ticket prices kept the fans away? Great move. Why don't you head down to North Carolina to work for Debbie Yow? You seem an awful lot alike. Oh yeah, and take Mr. Under Armour with you.

Posted by: AnnapolisTerpfan | December 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This deal was about 10-11 months in the making. Leach has been linked to the Maryland job for quite some time. I can't remember the sources.

So I don't think Kevin Anderson had anything to do with this. I think the other Kevin (Plank) may have had more to do with this move.

Ralph, we love you and I'm sorry this happened. You deserved much better than this.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am uncomfortable with how Maryland is treating Fridge after a good year. However, I understand the logic. With Franklin it was all right to not make any change until after next season because on the HCIW gave the impression that it was not a lame duck situation. Once Franklin left, with the likelihood of taking the better Assistant Coaches,status quo was not an option and Anderson had to either extend Fridge or buy him out. Extending Fridge seemed like the conventional decision, but evidently he did not enough confidence in Fridge to commit to large contract extension with Leach available.

Maryland has never had the opportunity to hire a coach with the success as a head coach in major college football that Leach has had. However, because of the situation at Texas Tech and the UA connection, the opportunity is available. Anderson is taking a huge chance and is already getting a lot of criticism from outsiders . I assume that he has a strong indication that he will accept the job. If for whatever reason, Leach does not become reality, this is a disaster that Anderson will not live down.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Barno wrote,

"Oh he's being traded for another all star, that must mean he sucks. Not sure what Arenas has to do with anything,"

Only means that you are having a rough sports weekend.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

This tells me that OC should be his title since he has no rings as an asst. or head coach.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Leach_%28American_football_coach%29

Posted by: Realness1 | December 18, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Barno wrote,

"Already TerpfanMA, I'll accept that. Petecard is on his way out out, you can count on that. How bout a truce between you and the FOF (fans of fridge)?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Aren't you on your way out as well since you are boycotting Maryland football games?

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

This is going to p*ss some people off but it's the truth:

The overwhelming majority of season ticket holders wanted Friedgen back and are very unhappy with this move.

The overwhelming majority of those that don't want Friedgen back are those that don't own season tickets in the first place. Epdaly, caphillterp, petecard, terpfanMA are the main Fridge haters on this board. NONE of them own season tickets, as they have all admitted.

I find it comical that these are the ones who are saying Mike Leach will put butts in the stands.

Now, I'll be attacked for this comment by all of them and they'll claim they've attended a game here or there, but they've already admitted they aren't season ticket holders--which is my point.

You have no right to criticize the attendance at MD games if you aren't a season ticket holder. Caphillterp already admitted he gave up season tix 5 years ago when the Terps went 5-6. It's frontrunning fairweather fans like this that cost us a more prestigious bowl game this year and cost Fridge his job.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm not on MY way out. I have never believed that Fargo, Garo, Fridgo is also running things at WaPO.

We have an AD who gets it and that is a good thing. Both he and our new president understand fund raising and revenue and the link to winning. That is refreshing. My guess is that they won't be spending so much money on coaches of sports that don't produce revenue.

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

to me, What's to lose. Maryland football has been mediocre for years. Try a change. Restore the greatness of Maryland football.
Is Bobby Ross available?

Posted by: hawaiianhawk | December 18, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people on this board dislike Debbie Yow, but Maryland athletics experienced incredible success (several national championships in various sports) when she was here. Let's see if Kevin Anderson experiences the same measure of success. Right now I am not betting on it based on the way he treats people.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The team was obviously improved from 2009, but losing winnable games cost the Terps a better bowl. Let's keep improving.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 18, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

WTF? Why right now? Pathetic. And I was going to go freeze my ass off at that stupid military bowl. Would rather lose with the Fridge (which wasn't alaways the case) than win with a POS like Leach.

GOOD WORK

Posted by: bschaper | December 18, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people on this board dislike Debbie Yow, but Maryland athletics experienced incredible success (several national championships in various sports) when she was here. Let's see if Kevin Anderson experiences the same measure of success. Right now I am not betting on it based on the way he treats people.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Could not possibly agree more. He is a classless jerk.

The irony is Fridge was happy to see Debbie go but if she had been here this year, he'd still have a job.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yow would not have fired a coach after winning ACC Coach of the Year.

Keep Don Brown? Are you kidding me? The defense has been abysmal during his tenure. Please Don, take the Vanderbilt job!

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Peter Angelos forced then AL Manager of the Year Davey Johnson out after the Orioles made the AL Championship series. Many thought that the firing was because the O's were expected to win everything. Turns out it was just Angelos' ego getting in the way. Since then, the Orioles have not had a winning season.

Dan Snyder fired Marty Schottenheimer after one season. Many thought it was because of the 0-5 start (which Marty turned around to finish a respectable 8-8). Turns out the moev was only because Danny-boy saw an opportunity to get Steve Spurrier. Result: Ball coach goes bust after 2 seasons and the Skins find they can't even win with Joe Gibbs.

Kevin Andersen is forcing out the Fridge. Many will think that it was the lack of fans attending Byrd Stadium games. Turns out now that all this is a means of getting Mike Leach. Looks like history repeats itself as a team that had a hot QB and enough talent to take the ACC is relegated to a mediocre rebuilding season.

I don't want my school to fail. I will cheer passionately for the Terps no matter what. But I see this move as disastrous. We will be mired in last place next year and in the middle after that. I hope Barno will paste this two years from now and prove me wrong, but if it happens, I will be the first to say I WARNED YOU ABOUT THIS!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 18, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

While I don't like the way this was handled, I think Leach can win here and also create excitement. I hope and pray he doesn't want Don Brown to be DC. While Leach creates a lot of controversy, he had a fine record on the field and Texas Tech's graduation rate was top notch.

All he did was basically call Craig James' kid a baby.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely understand what the lame duck coaching staff looks like if Franklin lures some assts. to Vanderbilt,but,how did AD Anderson let the Ralph negotiations spin out of control to the fan base and general public before the Military Bowl has been even played?That looks like ineptness and embarrasment to the university from the eastern shore.I'm shocked that a div.1 athletic dept. really botched business so bad in this instance!

Posted by: worcsterguy | December 18, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Could someone explain what the new AD and his boosters mean when they stated "it's time to take this team to the next level"? Or name a program that is currently on this "next level". I can honestly Not think of another program and say, "why aren't we as good as that one?" There is not one other public school in a large metropolitan area that has had nearly the success that UMD has had under Ralph Friedgen. This is not Blacksburg. this is not Columbus. This is not Norman. This is not Tuscaloosa. As Lefty predicted, we are the UCLA of the East - whatever else is possible is marginal and certainly not worth the risk and humiliation of the MAN who resurrected this program and just was awarded ACC COY. If they're so worried about the stability of the program, do the obvious and extend his contract for another 5 years. I guess that would be too obvious to an AD that literally ran West Point's program into the ground.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"Caphillterp already admitted he gave up season tix 5 years ago when the Terps went 5-6. It's frontrunning fairweather fans like this that cost us a more prestigious bowl game this year and cost Fridge his job."
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Well said. A likely 9 win season with ACC COY and ACC ROY with a great schedule next year wasn't enough for Caphillterp to buy tickets next year, but now that Friedgen's gone he'll buy them? Wtf???

Posted by: this_guy | December 18, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

When the seats are empty for homecoming, the coaching staff should figure on selling their homes. That is the business of sports. There are Div.2 schools with less pressure if you prefer.

That said, why should the coach accept less than what is owed to him? And second, L-e-a-c-h? Are you serious! They would want leach. Maryland will never be mistaken for Alabama, etc., but they have been under Friegen a classy program. Don't lose that by bringing in that crybaby Leach.

Posted by: familynet | December 18, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Tomfoley, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Why do this before a bowl game? Half the coaching staff will probably be at Vanderbilt on Dec 29. I read on the Baltimore Sun that the Maryland players are shocked and stunned by this move. (seems like the Sun is always ahead of the Post when it comes to the Terps)

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Fox is reporting that Friedgen has already accepted the buyout. Where are you Post and Sun reporters?

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/Reports-Maryland-coach-Ralph-Friedgen-will-accept-buyout-not-return-121810

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 18, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that low attendance for a quality team is the AD's fault, not the coach's. Maybe if they treated fans like fans instead of ATMs, more people would show up.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Chip Brown of OrangeBloods says Mike Leach will be the next coach at Maryland.

http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1166968

Posted by: jake177 | December 18, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"When the seats are empty for homecoming, the coaching staff should figure on selling their homes."

Didn't we have 40,000+ there for homecoming? Not exactly empty in a stadium that holds only 55K when the bleachers are brought in. And wasn't homecoming against Wake Forest, the worst team in the ACC?

I love how fans are so eager to find a coach who will sell tickets. Isn't this EXACTLY what these same people attack Dan Snyder for routinely--hiring big name coaches to sell ticket? Mr. Contradition himself, Petecard, couldn't have come up with a more blatant contradiction than these fans are showing.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Barno wrote,

The overwhelming majority of season ticket holders wanted Friedgen back and are very unhappy with this move.

The overwhelming majority of those that don't want Friedgen back are those that don't own season tickets in the first place. Epdaly, caphillterp, petecard, terpfanMA are the main Fridge haters on this board. NONE of them own season tickets, as they have all admitted.

I find it comical that these are the ones who are saying Mike Leach will put butts in the stands.

Now, I'll be attacked for this comment by all of them and they'll claim they've attended a game here or there, but they've already admitted they aren't season ticket holders--which is my point.

You have no right to criticize the attendance at MD games if you aren't a season ticket holder. Caphillterp already admitted he gave up season tix 5 years ago when the Terps went 5-6. It's frontrunning fairweather fans like this that cost us a more prestigious bowl game this year and cost Fridge his job.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I have been a season ticket holder for years, so I guess I have your permission to comment.

I am a Fridge fan. However, you are way off if you think season ticket numbers would be better with Fridge as the coach vs attendance with Leach and it is not even close. Leach will get all kinds of publicity and the expectation is that Maryland will score 50 points a game.

Since you are boycotting and will no longer be a season ticket holder, I assume you will not be commenting any longer.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

We have an AD who gets it and that is a good thing. Both he and our new president understand fund raising and revenue and the link to winning. That is refreshing. My guess is that they won't be spending so much money on coaches of sports that don't produce revenue.

posted by petecard... .

Yeah, but do they have any idea what leach's price tag will be? The biggest expense in D1 football is coaches' salaries and bonuses. Funniest part of this story is that leach hasn't even received a call from the terps. It's all longstanding speculation until the guy's agent says he wants $4 mill a year. Then maryland's "revenue-focused pres and ad." go for the inevitable "win-win" save money and make a diversity hire in willingham. This is not racist and I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but it's clear that having a black coach is maryland's priority over having a winning football program. The fact that willingham's name is involve at all is just writing on the wall to me.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | December 18, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I emailed Kevin Anderson and intend to organize a boycott of the university if Friedgen is forced out.

I will not give another dime to the school if Anderson goes back on his word and I am certain many others will join in not renewing season tickets.
Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you ignorant sl*t. I delight in exposing your hypocrisy. So what you're saying is that you can register your displeasure with the program by "boycotting" the 2011 season but I can't do the same five years ago? Seems like you're the exact definition of a "frontrunning fairweather fan" who's ditching out on the program when you don't agree with the direction it's going.

Enjoy your time away from the program. I'm sure Melwood will be able to find something for you to do on fall Saturdays. Fingerpainting instead of facepainting, things like that.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"I am a Fridge fan. However, you are way off if you think season ticket numbers would be better with Fridge as the coach vs attendance with Leach and it is not even close. Leach will get all kinds of publicity and the expectation is that Maryland will score 50 points a game."

There should be a rule that those who suffer from amnesia be forbidden from commenting as well. Fridge can't sell tickets? How do you explain a 17,000 ticket increase on average for his first 8 years vs the previous 8 years? How do you explain 20 of the top 25 crowds in Byrd history occurring on Ralph's watch?

I know you don't remember these things old Chief, but they happened. Next year we were poised to have regular sellouts again, again on Friedgen's watch.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

"Along the way, he professed his love of pirates, actively sought a friendship with Donald Trump and blamed a loss to Texas A&M in 2009 on his players' 'fat little girlfriends.'"
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Wow. Now I know why the Fridge haters love Leach, he makes fun of overweight people too.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

You know what's the most infuriating part about this whole process? Not that the AD is so f'n egotistical to realize the best coach for the job is already here. No, the most infuriating thing is that with the ACC ROY at QB it doesn't really matter who the coach is. The team's future is as bright as a Heinrich Goebel light bulb. Heinrich Goebel? Yeah, Edison didn't actually invent the light bulb. He swooped in at the very end and bought the patent from Goebel's widow. Like Anderson swooping in at the very end to steal Fridge's invention. Really makes me sick.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Fridgen is a solid citizen and a class act as a man and as a coach. He did much for the University of Maryland and its football program.

Much has been made here about his record versus that of the preceding 10 or 15 years, fair point. Don't forget that at least for the first half of that time the athletic programs were reeling from the aftermath of Lenny Bias' death and the recruiting of athletes was less a priority than recruiting STUDENT-athletes.

A number of other points have been either missed or distorted.

One distortion is the fact that the most recent prior "BCS" bowl game was in the Tatum era. I believe a fair assesment of bowls would challenge that assertion. Another top-flite bowl occurred for Maryland when the Terps went 11-0 with Mark Manges as QB.

They went to play Houston of the SWC in the Cotton Bowl following the 1976 season. In those days there was no BCS and the Cotton Bowl was generally acknowledged as one of the Big Four or New Years Day Bowls along with the Rose, Orange and Sugar. One must also remember that there wasn't anywhere near the flexibility to move among the Bowls then as there is now. Schools from conferences were locked into all but the Orange. In the Rose both teams were locked in. Pittsburgh was number one that year with a 12-0 record. The Panthers played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Another minor distortion is that Vanderlinden couldn't win with his own players. Had he stayed it would have been his fourth year. Finally all would have been his. The assertion is therefore partially true, but Ralph sure as heck did win with them after they matured.

The idea that a poor product (i.e. the team) doesn't negatively affect ticket sales, even from a marketing POV, is laughable. The coach is responsible for what he puts on the field.

What I dislike most on this board is the number of nitrogen-rich posts slamming either Ralph, Anderson, the School or the ACC. I liked Ralph, but for those of us who think MD can be great, it was and is time to turn the page while tipping one to a great Terrapin coach, Ralph Fridgen!

Posted by: VATerp | December 18, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

caphillterp,

Kinda hard for you to call me a fairweather fan as I stuck with this team through the 5-6 seasons and the 2-10 disaster, while you cancelled your season tickets. My comment was about the principle of not supporting the forcing out of the best person Maryland football has had in a generation.

It's frontrunning fairweather fans like you that cost us the Champs Bowl. Thanks for being the absolutely worst kind of fan, the one who jumps ship after a bad season.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Barno, I was there for the 90s. You don't have the market cornered on "I was there when they sucked". I didn't renew because I got no sense that there was any dedication to improvement - instead, kool-aid drinkers like you were satisfied with a mediocre program. With any luck, this move will knock quasi-fans like you out of Byrd so that people with expectations like me, epdaly, petecard, TerpFanMA, and Chief2 can be part of something great.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Maryland has never been a top tier football school and never will be. The football factories are typically the only game in town where the only other option is to watch the grass grow (exception USC). The alumni at those schools are highly motivated to win national championships. Maryland alumni are armchair fans.

With occasional periods in the wilderness, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Auburn, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame and the 3 schools in Florida are the football factories. Maryland has never been in that category.

No coach will change that.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 18, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

With any luck, this move will knock quasi-fans like you out of Byrd so that people with expectations like me, epdaly, petecard, TerpFanMA, and Chief2 can be part of something great.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 9:40 PM

Did caphillterp just paint that montley crew of haters as the real fans? LOL OMG OMG OMG!! It's bizarro world on this blog. The terrible "quasi" fans are the ones who go to the games year in year out while the "real" fans don't buy season tickets becuase they are "registering their displeasure"??? This caphillterp guy is unintentionally hilarious!

And what kind of doouchebag brags about living on Capital Hill? Can you say TOOL?

Posted by: this_guy | December 18, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Cap, you didn't renew because you "got no sense that there was any dedication to improvement? This was after the 2006 9 win season? Yeah, you're making a lot of sense buddy.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

randysballin - your analysis is off. Miami is actually a major city with 4 pro sports teams. As is Austin (800k people, bigger than DC), Columbus (700k), and Ann Arbor is basically a Detroit suburb (45 mins away). Notre Dame is considered to be in the Chicago metro area and you mentioned USC.

Being in a metro area is not a disqualifier to having a strong football team. Attitudes like yours are.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Barno, why don't you take a seat for awhile. You're getting pummeled. As you stated, you will boycott the program. Please start now. You can claim whatever number you want for that homecoming game. I was there and it was Vanderlinden-level empty that day. Empty seats everywhere.

Again, I ask all of the outraged (not worsto since he is boycotting) - what would you have Anderson do? Eventually there would be a transition. It was going to end badly one of these years. It's the nature of the beast. Look at FSU. There's no good way to end coaching tenures. Negative recruiting catches up. Programs get stale.

Posted by: epdaly | December 18, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

randysballin - your analysis is off. Miami is actually a major city with 4 pro sports teams. As is Austin (800k people, bigger than DC), Columbus (700k), and Ann Arbor is basically a Detroit suburb (45 mins away). Notre Dame is considered to be in the Chicago metro area and you mentioned USC.

Being in a metro area is not a disqualifier to having a strong football team. Attitudes like yours are.

Posted by: caphillterp | December 18, 2010 9:59 PM

Wow. caphillterp (lol). Miami is a private school in a little state called Florida where HS/college football is their RELIGION. UoTX is in a little state called Texas where HS/college football is their RELIGION. Columbus and Ann Arbor (private) are not even top 20 metropolitan areas. South Bend is not in any metro area (and a little known fact, they've happened to suck for oh, 25+ years). And USC is private in a tiny state known as California in a tiny city known as Los Angeles.

Yeah, so great argument, University of Maryland is just like all of those schools and our football team is really slacking.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | December 18, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Caphillterp...you are the man. So good to have you with the people on this board who want the Terps to be elite in both football and basketball. Why shouldn't we be? Many people who follow this board but may not comment regularly know that there is a big contingent that wants us to do better. That wants us to be among the elite in basketball and football. There is no reason, other than Koolaid and mediocrity bliss that we shouldn't be there.

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah Petecard is back to his old ways, saying he's the "real fan" because he just wants to win more than the rest of us. I love it. The world's number 1 superfan Petecard, who hs never stepped foot in Byrd stadium or Comcast Center. Yeah Petecard, you just want to win more than us, that's the ticket.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I simply won't respond to Barnos' falsehoods. It just isn't worth it. If you believe him, then God bless you...

Posted by: petecard | December 18, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Austin and Columbus might be bigger than DC (not the metro area though, Moco and PG add about 1.5 million), but the Buckeyes and Longhorns are the only game in town in both of those cities.

Miami has never succeeded without cheating (and they were playing to a mostly empty Joe Robbie Stadium this year). Yes, USC and Michigan do well, but they are weird exceptions where the college team was always more popular than the pro team.

What Friedgen gave Maryland was the best they are going to get... bang out 6-8 win seasons with some down years and some years where you pull out 9-10, maybe win the conference.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Austin and Columbus might be bigger than DC (not the metro area though, Moco and PG add about 1.5 million), but the Buckeyes and Longhorns are the only game in town in both of those cities.

Miami has never succeeded without cheating (and they were playing to a mostly empty Joe Robbie Stadium this year). Yes, USC and Michigan do well, but they are weird exceptions where the college team was always more popular than the pro team.

What Friedgen gave Maryland was the best they are going to get... bang out 6-8 win seasons with some down years and some years where you pull out 9-10, maybe win the conference.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Barno wrote,

There should be a rule that those who suffer from amnesia be forbidden from commenting as well. Fridge can't sell tickets? How do you explain a 17,000 ticket increase on average for his first 8 years vs the previous 8 years? How do you explain 20 of the top 25 crowds in Byrd history occurring on Ralph's watch?

I know you don't remember these things old Chief, but they happened. Next year we were poised to have regular sellouts again, again on Friedgen's watch.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The first three years were great and there was great enthusiasm for the program. However, since then Maryland has gone 44-41 overall -- with a pretty soft nonconference schedule and 23-31 in conference. The masses have lost confidence in the Fridge. Good or bad, Leach is going to bring a lot of publicity and his offensive number are going to create excitement.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 18, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

"The masses have lost confidence in the Fridge."

The masses have lost confidence in the Fridge? Um, is that why every time the question was polled on this blog, a majority of fans backed Friedgen as our head coach? Is that why the panel of media who vote on ACC COY voted for him this year over Frank Beamer?

And on a totally unrelated subject, wasn't Chumbawumba's second hit song titled "Amnesia"?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 18, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

44-41 is STILL twice as good as the three coaches prior to Friedgen.

The problem is that Maryland is a long way away from being a final destination job. If Leach does like Friedgen did and takes Maryland to the Orange Bowl in 2011. He WILL NOT be the coach in 2012.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 18, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people are so upset about this. Once Franklin left, Maryland was really down to 2 good choices: either extend Fridge or let him go(Letting him coach in 2011 as a lame duck coach was an unacceptable option). Of those 2 choices, which ia more likely to increase fan interest?

Look, I really like Fridge. He did a great job turning the program around. However, part of the job description is keeping Byrd Stadium filled. He did not do that. And the idea that somehow Maryland "owes him" anything is nonsense. They only "owe" him what is on his contract - he has already been well paid for his past success. BTW, Anderson actually did him a favor by excercising the last year of Fridge's contract - it gave Fridge a $2 million golden parachute.

Posted by: smitch6087 | December 18, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, here's how I see it: today's college football is a business, pure and simple. Our bowl selection is enough proof of that, Ralph's situation is an extension of that. HOWEVER, regardless of the money machine, Ralph deserves better from the AD and this school than what he's getting. Courtesy of d1scourse's blog, these stats say it all for me:

In 117 years of UMD football, there have been only 13 teams that have won nine games or more (this year would be 14, of which 5 would be Ralph's). Only eight Maryland teams have won nine games and won a bowl game. Friedgen coached three of them --- 2002, 2003 and 2006. And going for four.

So yes, Ralph has been one of, if not the best coaches in Maryland history. Say what you will about the attendance or other money factors. At the very least, the school and AD need to acknowledge that in some capacity. A half time ceremony, plaque/statue at the stadium or some equivalent gesture is necessary. I'm sad to see Ralph pushed out, but long gone are the days when sentiment played any part in college athletics. In similar fashion, Kevin Anderson will be betting his job on his next decision, and as Terp fans, we can all wish him luck in getting it right.

Posted by: scrubmutt | December 19, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Fridge didn't schedule Morgan State, FIU, Duke, and Wake as home games.

Fridge didn't put the one decent NC game at a neutral site.

Fridge didn't make it so only Terrapin Club members can park on campus.

Fridge didn't put all the games on ESPN3.com

Fridge didn't list all the game times as TBA until 5 days before the game.

Winning is the coach's job. Filling the seats is the AD's job.

By the "exciting" line of thinking... Dan Snyder has made lots of "exciting" coaching changes. How's that working for him?

Leach will bring excitement to College Park no doubt, but if he lays an egg against WVU or Temple, then he'll have the same problems.

Fact is, the average attendance was just over 70% capacity (38372 out of 54000), for the worst home schedule I can remember.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 19, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

The home schedule sucked. However, coming off a 2-10 season the only teams that would of sold out Byrd would have been teams like WVU and Virginia Tech that bring a ton of their own fans.

"Winning is the coach's job. Filling the seats is the AD's job." The biggest factor in filling seats is winning.

"Fridge didn't put all the games on ESPN3.com" Maryland was often not selected for one of tv slots the last few years because of their record.

Posted by: Chief2 | December 19, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Mike Leach is a man of strong moral character and integrity. You will all come to realize this in time. Meanwhile, don't believe everything you hear from mainstream media like ESPN, they have really gone out of their way to criminalize Coach Leach. Coach Leach never abused Adam James or any other players. You people are lucky to have Coach Leach.

Posted by: Stufrogg | December 19, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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