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Posted at 1:07 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Weather, tradition top Ralph Friedgen's list of concerns for coming week

By Steve Yanda

After some time off for exams, the Maryland football team resumed practice Wednesday in preparation for the Dec. 29 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. Coach Ralph Friedgen said Wednesday's practice went well, though he has some concerns for those that lie ahead in the coming days.

"Had some pretty good weather," Friedgen said. "I’m a little concerned about the future. We’re supposed to get a snowstorm here. So that’s a concern. But I wasn’t displeased with (Wednesday's) practice. We seemed to have a good retention of the game plan. It’s been the longest break. It’s been the longest break of all the bowls, so I was a little concerned about that."

Snow could factor into Maryland's practice schedule over the next week, but the Terrapins will deal with that as it comes.

What Friedgen and the players certainly will have to deal with is the team's tradition for its final practice of the season. In years past, players have carried the squad's seniors off the field. And seeing as Friedgen will be fired after the bowl game, this season's final practice will include an interesting dilemma.

"Really, my biggest concern this week is, you know, we have the tradition of the last practice ..."

At that point, Friedgen got a little choked up.

"... that we carry the seniors off. I just want to know who’s going to get the unlucky task of carrying me off."

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
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Comments

frostanna may be right all after...maybe Friedgen does get carried off the field.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 23, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Fridge, you shouldn't be carried off after the final practice: you should be carried off after laying an unholy beatdown on ECU. But win or lose if you're looking for volunteers, "I'm in."

Posted by: CapsNut | December 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly; the senior gets to choose who he wants to carry him. One time Natasha (academic support) carried a player.

Posted by: noneya11 | December 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Fridge should be carried off after the game, but as far as the weather is concerned, unless we have a blizzard, it shouldn't be a factor. This isn't Chicago or Minnesota, people.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut has a great idea - let the Maryland faithful at the bowl game carry our great coach off the field in style. Gary Williams arrived at Midnight Madness one year on a motorcycle, let's have a stretch limo ready to carry Ralph off the field when we beat ECU and coach can 'ride off into the sunset'. He will always be fondly and respectfully remembered by his players, fans, and all who know him as a principled, tough love, brilliant tactician, great on halftime adjustments, and a maker of QBs for the NFL. UMD football will not be the same without Coach Friedgen. We're in for some tough times there.

Posted by: bfjam | December 24, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Friedgen had a tough time recruiting at Maryland. I mean if you were a prospective recruit and/or his parents, where would you prefer to attend or your boy to go?

Beautiful, bucolic Duke or UNC Chapel Hill
-- or a crime-ridden campus that's completely surrounded by slum housing and drug gangs just outside D.C.?

Posted by: clitteigh | December 24, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

clitteigh: right, like that works. If recruits only like pretty flower-laden campuses, then Duke should be the best team in football. Kids don't come to pick the daisies, they come to play football. Even with the crime at Miami, they don't have problems getting players to come to the U. Recruits come to a program that best suits what they want out of a university experience. Your argument is just plain nonsense. Go back to Mayberry with Barney Fife and Aunt Bee.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 24, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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