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Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:45 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's an interesting twist to what's going on with the Maryland football team.  On Friday it was made official that James Franklin, the school's head coach-in-waiting, was leaving to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt.  Now, depending on how you want to interpret the words of Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, it's starting to sound like Ralph Friedgen could be on the way out at Maryland as well.

During a teleconference on Friday, Anderson was asked about Freidgen's future, to which he replied he'll "sit down and everybody will understand where we're going...with the program.  At this point I'm not going to answer that question."  Which, on it's own, isn't exactly the most encouraging answer you can hear from your boss if your Ralph Friedgen.

What makes it worse?

A month ago Anderson said that Friedgen would be back. Now he's suddenly changed his mind.  To make things even more interesting, even though Friedgen hasn't been let go -- and at this point you almost have to think he will be -- people are already speculating on who his replacement will be.  The popular pick seems to be the one and only Mike Leach.

Would Leach be interested in the gig?  Of course he would be, he's come out and said he'd be interested in any job that was offered to him.  I'd be interested in seeing it happen as well, because it could lead to some teenage mutant ninja pirates, and if there is anything in this world cooler than some kind of hybrid ninja pirate, then I sure as hell haven't thought of it yet.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

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This is crazy. Ralphie went 2-10 in 2009 so Maryland says "good try, buddy. We are so proud of you". This season they go a miraculous 8-4 and you're going to fire him? Were you expecting a BCS Bowl?




Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:20 am
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

The only thing that has saved Ralph's job for the last few years is the bonus to be paid to Franklin if he wasn't named the head coach, and the payoff for Ralph's contract. Now that neither is an obstacle it is hard to believe he will be retained if they can get a younger go getter to hit the recruiting trail. At this particular time it is a dream job for many people because the team is not in that bad a shape talent wise, and has some good recruits coming in. Of course it virtually guarantees that Smith will leave school early. No reason for him to look bad in a new system and hurt his draft chances. He is a top of the draft receiver right now. If things had stayed the same with a more veteran OL and Obrien at QB all year he could have been a top 10 pick next season and may have stayed, but not now. Probably Franklin leaving was enough for that. 

I think it's the right time. Ralph has been here a long time and it is time for a change. If you let him stay another year you go through the same cycle again. Pretty good for a couple of years with Franklins recruits, then back down hill after that. If you replace him now the new guy doesn't have to spend two years rebuilding the program with his own recruits to be competitive. I always appreciate a guy coming back to his alma mater to help the program as Ralph did when called, but he hasn't won consistantly enough to warrant a lifetime pass or a National Championship like Gary Williams. If it happens then Good Luck Ralph. Make them remember you for the Military Bowl!



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:19 am
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

The only thing that has saved Ralph's job for the last few years is the bonus to be paid to Franklin if he wasn't named the head coach, and the payoff for Ralph's contract. Now that neither is an obstacle it is hard to believe he will be retained if they can get a younger go getter to hit the recruiting trail. At this particular time it is a dream job for many people because the team is not in that bad a shape talent wise, and has some good recruits coming in. Of course it virtually guarantees that Smith will leave school early. No reason for him to look bad in a new system and hurt his draft chances. He is a top of the draft receiver right now. If things had stayed the same with a more veteran OL and Obrien at QB all year he could have been a top 10 pick next season and may have stayed, but not now. Probably Franklin leaving was enough for that. 

I think it's the right time. Ralph has been here a long time and it is time for a change. If you let him stay another year you go through the same cycle again. Pretty good for a couple of years with Franklins recruits, then back down hill after that. If you replace him now the new guy doesn't have to spend two years rebuilding the program with his own recruits to be competitive. I always appreciate a guy coming back to his alma mater to help the program as Ralph did when called, but he hasn't won consistantly enough to warrant a lifetime pass or a National Championship like Gary Williams. If it happens then Good Luck Ralph. Make them remember you for the Military Bowl!



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:55 am
 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Pirates?!?!

Lots of things are cooler than teenage mutant ninja pirates... first of all, if you're a teenager, you can't even get bombed off of your old stock pile of Four Loko and wonder the streets. Secondly, being a mutant is bad. If you look abnormal, then you're ugly. Mutant's are never pretty... I can tell you after years of experience. Ninja's ARE cool... it's true. Pirates are actually not though. They hang out with a bunch of shady dirty guys and nasty.
I think the coolest job in the world might be a mid 20's professional Ultimate player on a co-ed team in Philadelphia. BALLER!!
Look how well I write, now give me a job writing about sports... or talking, I can talk about sports and ninjas as well.




Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:06 am
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

Ralph and Maryland are losing their top recruiter, Franklin, and he's taking half of the coaching staff with him. If ever there was a time to replace a head coach based on extenuating circumstances it would be now. I'm a Friedgen fan, but Franklin was suppose to be the future and now he's gone. I think Ralph is gone too. Maryland might be a good fit for Leach...............it will be interesting. 



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:04 am
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

Anderson was thrown a curve with Franklin's departure and apparently is taking steps to deal with it, which are still in progress. For now, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and taking him at his word that his goal is to move the program from "good to great".

While Ralph's public grousing about bonuses for assistants, and lobbying in the press for an extension was bush-league, it was no more than an irritant. The real problem is recruiting and retaining a coaching staff with Franklin now raiding the program.

A lame-duck HC is not the answer, and extending Ralph's contract marks time but doesn't move the program toward "great". Maybe Anderson is thinking about curtailing 27 sports to 17, investing the ACC-ESPN revenue increase in revenue sports, and hiring someone like Leach. I'm good with all that, and I bet the players and commits are too.





Since: Jun 12, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

Look, I've been a MD season ticket holder since '92 when Duffner was in his first year.  But, the one constant with Friedgen is that he can't recruit.  He did great in his first 3 years with Vanderlinden's players.  Then, the next few years he struggled to finish .500.  Then, Franklin comes back and is the lead recruiter.  Now the Fridge has some players and they start doing better.  The real question is why they let Franklin go.  They need to bring some life and money into the program.  They need a big name because they are in the shadow of D.C. and Baltimore and they have to find a way to sell tickets and get money from boosters.  I think Leach would do well in the ACC.  It's obvious Franklin saw the writing on the wall and chose to leave.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

I like Ralph and appreciate what he did for us early (Orange Bowl, beating the hell out of WVU, beat FSU, ...) but I can't see an extension being warranted.  With Franklin leaving and probably taking half of the current staff, we don't have a transition plan anymore.  Either we drift for another year or two and lose recruits OR we make the change now.  I have to back the AD wanting to make the change.  That said, is Leach really the answer?  Who else is available?



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