Friedgen: Media hits come with the turf

TRACKING THE TERPS

The Kickoff

September 27, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

In light of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's recent explosion at columnist Jenni Carlson, many of the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches were asked their take on the media's scrutiny of their athletes during yesterday's teleconference, and Ralph Friedgen's response was interesting.

"I think the media has a job to do," he said. "I try to work with them and provide them with what they need to help their job. I think when that interferes with a competitive advantage I can lose, I try not to help them with that. I think it's a two-way street that has to be worked on.

"I realize they have a job to do," he said, "and for the most part, I think they do a very good job."

As for the criticism of his athletes, Friedgen said: "I never like to see our athletes criticized. They're trying to do the best they can, but it's big-time football and ... you've got to have a thick skin if you're going to play."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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