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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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Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 9:51 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Grow up Ralph. Burn you Maryland diploma? Really? What, did you think you'd be there forever? They'd rename Byrd Stadium after you? It's business and you were a part of it. How would you have felt if you had benched a player and he would have quit the team? How would you have felt if that player had left the school?

Just grow up Ralph.......mentally and not any more physically.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:47 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Maryland's record against the Big East is 1-7 since 2004. So, your comments about the Big East have no credibility. Friedgen had two wins in 2009. How do you not take a hard look at the coaching staff? Most schools beat up on the out-of-conference games. Maryland didn't even do that...losing to Middle Tennessess and losing big to Rutgers that year. Tack on the loss to a week Duke football program and it's time to look for another coach. Two wins after being the HC for nine years prior, is unacceptable and I'm not surprised he was asked to leave. Perhaps he should have been asked to take a job in the adminstrative offices until he retired, like most schools do with long-term coaches getting close to the end of their careers. But it was a good move in taking him out of coaching.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:38 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

First of all Stuz Maryland won the ACC Fridge's 1st year in 2001 if that is not a breakout year what is? Show how big of a football fan you are but I could tell that by your profile that you are just a bandwagon rider so I really don't care what your opinion is just wanted to point out you don't know what your talking about.  Next is any Maryland who says Fridge didn't do a good job is retarded, they were a 4 win a year team before he got there and he took them to 7 bowls in 10 years. True they don't draw well and it is all about the almighty dollar but the DC area in general is like that, the Nats, the O's and since Snyder took over the Skins the second half of there season people stop going because they have been bad. As for Fridge's comments about Maryland I do NOT blame him 1 bit after being forced out why would you root for them to do well? I hope Edsall falls on his face it was a TERRIBLE hire, Uconn plays in the Big East which should not be in the BCS and he comes in talking like he built an elite program. He came in talking trash about how Fridge ran the program and basically called the players thugs.  Danny O'Brien looked like and NFL prospect at the end of last year now with Edsall and Crowton looks like 2nd string, so as I said I hope he falls on his face.  I do have to thank Edsall as being an LSU fan for hiring the piece of trash Crowton.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:42 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

GT still loves you Fridge--Maryland did not appreciate you and your candor is very well understood--someone should have told the AD that the "Bear" was dead--visions of grandeur resulted in their now drving an Edsell--lol.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 6:27 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Remember. Friedgen was one of Dennis Dodd's favorites at the beginning of the 2000's.  He kept writing about Maryland's breakout year to come...and we're still waiting for it, Dodd.  The fact is, most football fans COULDN'T care less about Ralph Friedgen.  I'll bet even Dodd doesn't care, although he'd never admit it. 

Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:13 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

i'm thinking he probably meant exactly what he said, since either form is correct..."I could NOT care less" is a statement of fact", "I COULD care less" is a statement of sarcasm

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:57 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Maryland had no choice but to try a diffrent direction.

It was purely financial.  They could not afford to bleed money under the Friedgen administration.

They could not draw crowds to any game.  There was zero buzz.  Each year Ralph was losing about 3% of the fanbase and 5% of merchandising.

They finished 3rd in the conference, yet could only earn the 10th selection bowl game.   The program was fading into financial obscurity.

They got rid of Ralph and gambled they could attract a top name guy (MIKE LEACH) to generate buzz...any buzz at all...

The Edsall hire was not what they wanted, but they had to roll the dice and go for a big name guy.

Maybe Edsall backfires, but if the Terps did nothing it was heading towards crowds of 10,000 a game with Friedgen.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:56 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

 I'm thinking he probably meant he could NOT care less about Maryland.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:03 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Maryland is such a trash program now.  It is kind of sad they get derailed by Temple at home 38-7 and they barely beat a Miami team who was missing half their squad.  They are not going anywhere this season. 

I applaud the Fridge for burning his Maryland degree.  It is not like it means anything now.  The guy was treated with more respect at GT and GT is a much better academic institution anyway.  Good for him to stick it to his alma mater.  I might just burn my FSU diploma if they continue playing with no heart.  Frigde is now my inspiration!!!!

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:10 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

From what I've read and heard, Ralph is a stand up, first class guy. The dis by Maryland must have really hurt. Ralph and Frank Beamer from VT are good ol boys from way back - fishin buddies who have a lodge or something Down South. I hope GT sticks it MD every chance they get - and they can all laugh about it in the offseason while hookin big ones or tradin stories about the ones that got away, lol!

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