Weather, tradition top Ralph Friedgen's list of concerns for coming week
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."
| December 23, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
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