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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | September 30, 2009
COLLEGE PARK - - In October 2008, Clemson and football coach Tommy Bowden parted ways with six games remaining in the season. The Tigers had slipped to 3-3, including a wrenching loss to Maryland, after being ranked in the top 10 in preseason polls. A year later, it's the Terrapins who are stumbling as they prepare for the annual meeting with Clemson on Saturday. But Maryland indicates there is no thought to replacing coach Ralph Friedgen during the season. Maryland plans to assess Friedgen's performance - as it does all its coaches - when the season is over and a thorough examination of the program can be made.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 29, 2014
Ralph Friedgen told Rutgers coach Kyle Flood his greatest gift as an offensive coordinator is to look at the players he has on offense and find a way to score . Even at 67, Friedgen apparently still has that gift. Behind Friedgen, a Rutgers offense that was so consistently bad last season put up 41 points and 496 yards of total offense during the Scarlet Knights' shootout win over Washington State Thursday night. Friedgen had been out of football since being fired by Maryland in 2010, but was hired to be Rutgers' offensive coordinator in January and given the task of improving an offense that ranked 95th in the nation last year.
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By Mike Preston | November 30, 2000
COLLEGE PARK - Only years from now will it be determined if Ralph Friedgen was the right head coach for the University of Maryland's football program, but he is the perfect choice at this particular time. Maryland finally climbed back into the big-time college football arena by naming Friedgen, 53, as the university's head football coach, replacing the fired Ron Vanderlinden. It would be extremely premature to say that Friedgen will put the Terps back into the national title picture, but his reported six-year contract worth $700,000 to $800,000 (without incentives)
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 18, 2014
Former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has already antagonized Terrapins coach Randy Edsall this offseason . The new Penn State coach also apparently doesn't have much of a relationship with his former boss at Maryland, Ralph Friedgen. Franklin worked under Friedgen for seven seasons in College Park and called Friedgen a mentor as recently as January. Friedgen was asked whether he maintains a relationship with Franklin during an interview with the Big Ten Network this week.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | November 3, 2005
COLLEGE PARK -- Team rules were violated during an altercation involving Maryland football players at a College Park bar early Tuesday morning, coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday, but Prince George's County police said no charges or arrests have been made. A bar fight occurred just after 1 a.m. at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft in the 7300 block of Baltimore Avenue, after a woman complained of being grabbed inside the bar, according to police. "We have some team rules that have been violated," Friedgen said on yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference.
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By RICK MAESE | November 26, 2006
COLLEGE PARK -- You would?ve needed a vat of Windex to have seen this image clearly in your crystal ball just a couple months ago. The year?s top Atlantic Coast Conference coaches were opposite each other last night, pacing the sidelines in a scene that no football expert could?ve predicted back in August. By the end of the night, either Jim Grobe?s Wake Forest team or Ralph Friedgen?s Maryland squad would be heading to the conference title game. Of course, if not for Friedgen, Grobe already would?
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By RICK MAESE | April 16, 2006
College Park -- Ralph Friedgen might as well have been in a toy store. He was attending a coaches' convention back in January, stiff-arming his way through a gantlet of vendors. They're circus barkers in polo shirts, all trying to lure coaches to their respective booths, each hawking something new and improved, something revolutionary, something that will change the way football is coached. That's what they say at least. "Coach, you've got to see something," one of them told Friedgen, the Maryland coach.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 6, 2000
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has officially named the first three additions to his coaching staff. Friedgen confirmed that Charlie Taaffe has been hired as offensive coordinator, Gary Blackney as secondary coach and Dave Sollazzo as defensive tackles coach. Taaffe was the coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes this past season. His team lost to British Columbia in the Grey Cup, 28-26, on Nov. 26. Blackney was Bowling Green's coach from 1991-2000 and Sollazzo served as defensive tackles coach at Georgia Tech the past two years.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH | July 25, 2007
For Ralph Friedgen's birthday this summer, his two brothers-in-law and cousin paid for a deep-sea fishing trip. It was canceled because of the weather, but they decided to go out anyway. One brother-in-law drove the boat onto an oyster bed. Friedgen was in the back of the boat. The tide was going down quickly. Friedgen realized that if they were going to get off the oyster bed, he had to jump off the boat. They pushed it off, but Friedgen got stuck about waist-deep in something akin to quicksand.
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By HEATH A. DINICH | May 24, 2007
Ralph Friedgen mentioned offhand after one of Maryland's spring football practices that he was named Father of the Year, and because he is always goofing around about his daughters, I thought he was being sarcastic. Turns out he was serious. Friedgen recently was named Father of the Year by the Father's Day Council of Washington, D.C. He will be honored at the 2007 Father's Day Council Dinner on Thursday, June 14, along with three other honorees from the D.C. area. This is the seventh annual Father's Day Awards Dinner, an event that benefits the American Diabetes Association.
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January 31, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. What's your take on having not only James Franklin -- but now perhaps Ralph Friedgen -- in the Big Ten next season with Maryland? Jeff Barker: Can the conference accommodate all these large personalities and their complex, intertwined histories? It might be a bit awkward, right? Like a cordial but strained family reunion.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen -- who sought a contract extension from the school in 2010 and instead found himself out of a job -- may meet up with the Terps next season. According to reports, Friedgen - a former Maryland offensive lineman who coached at the school for 10 years - is close to becoming Rutgers' offensive coordinator. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood  “appears to have zeroed in on” Friedgen for the job, but no deal has been finalized, according to the Star-Ledger of New Jersey . If Friedgen is hired by Rutgers, he will face Maryland when the Scarlet Knights play at Byrd Stadium on Nov. 29. Rutgers and Maryland will both be in their first season in the Big Ten. Maryland already knows it will face James Franklin, who was Friedgen's offensive coordinator and Maryland's former “coach-in-waiting.” Franklin, who left for Vanderbilt in 2010 after Maryland got a new athletic director, is the new head coach at Penn State, which plays host to Maryland on Nov. 1. Friedgen and his agent did not immediately return phone messages.
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Quarterback Danny O'Brien signed with Maryland in 2009 in part because of Ralph Friedgen. O'Brien wanted to win in college and play in the pros, and it wasn't unreasonable to believe the longtime Terps coach would be there for him, helping him, from his freshman-year snaps to his Senior Day game. Where else would they go? We know those answers now, and so their reunion Saturday doesn't seem all that bizarre. But to have Friedgen, happily unemployed and the coach of the Medal of Honor Bowl 's American team, game-planning at a largely unheard-of senior showcase with O'Brien, a senior at Division II Catawba College (N.C.)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Lee Hull, the wide receivers coach and a valuable recruiter for Maryland the past six seasons, will be introduced Thursday as the new head coach of Morgan State, according to the school. In hiring Hull, Morgan State is trying to transition to a new football culture emphasizing in-state recruiting and improved academic performances. “The composition of our team is over 70 percent out-of-state kids,” athletic director Floyd Kerr said Wednesday. “Looking at the University of Maryland and Towson, they have retooled under new coaches and [have emphasized]
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Each Sunday, Ralph Friedgen flips through the NFL games on television, looking for kids he coached at the University of Maryland. Watching them play now brings him back, maybe to a practice where he pulled one of them aside for one-on-one teaching or to quiet moment away from the field. He thinks about how they've grown. Friedgen, who was forced into retirement following the 2010 season, will have three former players in New Orleans for Sunday's Super Bowl: Vernon Davis, a veteran tight end and star for the San Francisco 49ers; wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has become one of the most exciting playmakers for the Ravens; and his teammate and Baltimore native LaQuan Williams, an important special teams player before being sidelined with a hamstring injury late in the season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | January 17, 2013
After every game, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith returns to his phone and finds a text message from his former University of Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen . Some texts, like the one Friedgen sent last Saturday following the Ravens' 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos, are congratulatory. Others offer support or encouragement. Almost all of them include Friedgen telling Smith how much his success means to him. "I try to tell him every time we talk how proud I am of him,” Friedgen said.
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By RICK MAESE | November 29, 2005
I went online and unearthed an old Under Armour commercial, featuring Ralph Friedgen and the University of Maryland. It ends with a player barking, "We must protect this house!" You didn't hear that much this year, did you? And the Terps, they didn't do that much last year, either. Protect the house? They treated the place like a time-share and routinely allowed visitors to get a bit too cozy. (I still swear I saw Frank Beamer wearing Friedgen's bathrobe a few weeks back.) Maryland finished 1-4 at Byrd Stadium, en route to its second straight 5-6 season.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | November 4, 2005
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said some of his football players might seek to file charges after an altercation that occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday in a College Park bar. None of the football players has been disciplined or is in any legal trouble, Friedgen said, but he is not ready to make any decisions on it. "I'd rather be patient and correct," Friedgen said. "I'd like to be able to get this thing out because we're not being represented accurately. I want to be accurate before I start handing down sanctions."
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September 21, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. What is the mood of Maryland's football program heading to West Virginia on Saturday as a four-touchdown underdog? Jeff Barker: I'm certain Maryland appreciates the magnitude of its task Saturday -- to try to hang with a Top 10 program boasting one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The Mountaineers are averaging 612 yards of offense through their first two games.
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July 27, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and intern Connor Letourneau -- co-sports editor of The Diamondback -- weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What was up with former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen writing a long email to reporters defending his legacy ? Jeff Barker: Coaching transitions sure can be delicate, right? They remind me of presidential transitions. Remember when the incomingGeorge W. Bushadministration in 2001 accused the outgoing Clinton administration -- only part jokingly -- of vandalizing computer keyboards by removing “W” keys?
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