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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: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:33 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Ralph will always be a part of the GA Tech family, helping to bring the 1990 Championship home with Bobby Ross and helping establish some of the most prolific offenses in Yellow Jacket history. Going back to Maryland, his Alma Mater, he turned a program around that was absolutly horrible into a tremendous program in short order, after a small hiccup, he wasn't given a chance to try to right the boat after some coordinaters had left to pursue other opportunities (this always happens after programs become as successful as Maryland had become).

Ralph came back home when the Terps needed him most, and turned the program around, and they spit in his face at the first sign of adversity. Should he be upset. You betcha.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:02 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Ralph is a fine coach and also a fine person.  I can't really blame him in this "what have I done for you lately" world from college administrators.  He should have been treated better from the powers that be at Maryland, his alma mater, period !

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:02 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

As the article states ... Ralph Friedgen has been in the coaching profession for 40+ years ... it is really a bit ridiculous for a grown man to continue to carry a chip on his shoulder against a university and industry that has provided very well for he and his family. 

The Georgia Tech comment ... grow up, or maybe go sit around a table at one of your lake houses and tell lies stories with George O'Leary why don't you. 

And really shouldn't Friedgen be more concerned with his health than doing radio interviews?  Time spent in that radio station could have been better spent walking off some of that 400+ lbs.

Sincerely ... A Friedgen Fan

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:02 pm

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Mal Faction - Well said!  Loved it.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:52 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

So......what the hell does that mean? I care, but not all that much? To what level of caring is he at right now?

I think the correct phrase is "I couldn't care less.....", which means that I care not at all. What he is quoted as saying is telling us that he is somewhere between 0% to 100% on the care about Maryland scale.

But, you know, I couldn't care less about this story and some of the bad writer's on the internet these days.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:42 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

I can't blame Ralph at all. He was so disrespected by the new athletic director. When you have a coach of the year, you do not let him go. Maryland will have to sell their football program real hard. The old staff was a decent but not spectacular recruiting therefore it will hurt the potential student-athletes that will want to come to College Park. It will take the current staff a while to get adjusted to the area to land the top players.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:24 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

Way to Stay Classy Ralph. 

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:56 am

Friedgen: 'I could care less about Maryland'

     Glad to see the Fridge is doing well and enjoying life.  I want to see Edsall succeed but after getting their a$$es handed to them by Temple, it looks like it is going to be a struggle for the Terps to post a winning record this season. 

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