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Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:45 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 10:47 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has not made any efforts to get back into coaching, and is currently enjoying some time off after 40+ years in the industry. Earlier this week, the current Terrapins got a visit from Ralph's wife Gloria. According to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun, she reprised her former role as "team mom" and brought some snacks on her friendly visit.

Ralph, on the other hand, might not be ready for such a visit anytime soon.

In an interview on a Baltimore radio station, Ralph made his feelings for his alma mater clear. The host asked Friedgen if he watches Maryland play, and if he thought seeing them struggle recently was painful.

"Well, it's not painful because I watch it for the kids," Friedgen responded. "I could care less about Maryland. I've burned my diploma, I'm flying a Georgia Tech flag right now."

Friedgen had two different stints as the Yellow Jackets' offensive coordinator, and compared to the Terps it is a more enjoyable fan experience right now. Friedgen was ousted just weeks after being named ACC Coach of the Year for leading the Terps to a seven-win turnaround. In his ten years as head coach Fridgen was 75-50 with a 5-2 bowl record and delivered an ACC title in his first year (2001).

Current head coach Randy Edsall will face Towson this weekend, as the squad looks to bounce back from an embarrassing 38-7 loss to Temple at home. Towson head coach Rod Ambrose was a member of Edsall's staff at Connecticut from 2001 to 2009. The Tigers' rushing attack has been potent, ranking 10th in FCS with 246 yards per game. The Terps currently ranked 11th in the ACC in rushing defense, and need a strong showing before traveling to Georgia Tech next week.

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Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Plus one...I hate when people does this.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Technically, he should have said, "I COULDN"T care less." If you could care less, it means you care at least a little bit. If you couldn't care less, than you're at the lowest level of caring that you couldn't possibly care any less.  People always say this incorrectly and it really annoys me.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

What color is Maryland wearing this week?Wink



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Football fans couldn't care less about Fridge? Are you kidding me? Maybe it was just my circle of friends, all 30,000 of them or so, but they all were completely mortified when Friedgen won Coach of the Year and was given the boot. He's a UMD alum, he played college ball here, his wife was a professor here (and I even had a class with her), he bled black and gold, and besides all the school loyalty stuff he was a good coach besides.
This explains better why he should be mad.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Do you blame the man? I think burning his diploma is a little over the top, but I see why he's so pissed off. The school screwed him, I'd be just as mad. I do think it's funny tho his wife doesn't care at all and took a visit and brought snacks like she always use too.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Can't say I blame the man. He got screwed, royally screwed.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Maniac: 'I cannot think.'

What, did you think you'd be there forever? They'd rename Byrd Stadium after you?
Friedgen didn't ever claim that he'd be at Maryland forever, nor did he ask that the stadium be renamed after him.  You made that scheiss up.

I imagine if a really good player were to be dismissed from the team (Friedgen wasn't "benched," after all) he might have some bad things to say about the program.

Just grow up, Maniac... cognitively.





Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 11:39 am
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Ralph come to Minnesota and save the Gopher program we need a real football coach.



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 11:25 am
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

I have been a season ticket holder for years (long before Ralph became coach) and it has been very average.  The only good times I remember were his first season (except for the Orange Bowl), kicking WVU's ass during the Scott McBrien years, and beating Clemson when we sucked and they were supposed to be good.  Besides those times the Terps have been very, very average.  Losing stupid games (Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, and Duke) happens way more than it should.  Friedgen is known throughout the coaching industry as a very smart offensive guy but he is also known to be a jerk.  The second reason is why he is still unemployed.  People just do not like him anymore.  I honestly think Edsall is a good fit and I am willing to give him time.  I was at the Temple game (debacle) and Temple's O-line made our D-line look like midgets.  That should not be the case.  The current players are Ralph's recruits not Edsall's so it's partly Ralph's fault.  I think Edsall will be fine in a year or two and we'll quickly forget all about Ralph. 



Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:04 am
 

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Football fans couldn't care less about Fridge? Are you kidding me? Maybe it was just my circle of friends, all 30,000 of them or so, but they all were completely mortified when Friedgen won Coach of the Year and was given the boot. He's a UMD alum, he played college ball here, his wife was a professor here (and I even had a class with her), he bled black and gold, and besides all the school loyalty stuff he was a good coach besides. Winning the ACC in 2001 was no easy feat. Florida State was still in their hay-day, NC State had a guy named Rivers at QB, and Clemson had their traditionally strong team. So we had a bad year in 2009. So what? Didn't he show his ability to coach in 2010 by bringing the team around 180 degrees? Oh, wait. I forgot. Only bad coaches can turn losers one year into winners the next. KInd of like when we won 4 games in 2000 and won the conference in 2001. If people are talking about the fact that the stands weren't full, it's because DC area fans SUCK! They really do. Even when the Terps were rolling in 2001, no one came to games until halfway through the season and we were winning a few games. DC fans are fair-weather fans and just won't support a team that isn't at the top of the standings. By contrast, you go to SEC country and VANERBILT and KENTUCKY are selling out every game no matter where they are in the standings. Have you ever seen a Nationals game sold out when Strasburg isn't pitching? I don't blame him one bit for burning his ties to Maryland after the way he got treated. The fans STILL love Fridge at GTech and I hope he goes back there to coach and kicks Maryland's butt every year. Friedgen is one of the best offensive football minds in football and he should be coaching somewhere, hopefully a place that apprecites him more than Maryland did.



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