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By Baltimore Sun reporter | December 20, 2010
Below is the text of the University of Maryland's news release on Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen's buyout. National search for next Maryland Football Coach to begin immediately; buyout effective following the Military Bowl The final year of Head Football Coach Ralph Friedgen's contract will be bought out by the University of Maryland Department of Athletics, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced Monday afternoon. The buyout is effective January 2nd, 2011, and will cover all of the approximately $2 million in guaranteed compensation and benefits owed to Friedgen through January 2nd, 2012.
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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 Kevin Van Valkenburg and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
With trembling hands, he reached for the phone and dialed the number. He was nervous, but his mind was clear. He was done with Maryland football. Finished. Three head coaches in three years had told him 300 different things, and none of them seemed able to give him a straight answer. He was going to put College Park in his rearview mirror and never look back. There were other schools that would take him, maybe even let him play quarterback again. He just needed an opportunity. Ralph Friedgen had only one thing left to do. It was time to break the news to The Bear . For as long as he could remember, people had given his father nicknames like "Big Ralph" and "Ice Box," but "The Bear " seemed most fitting, and with good reason.
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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 Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Ralph Friedgen has a gripe with Marylandmore than a year in the making. Maryland dismissed Friedgen in December 2010 after his 10th year as the Terps' football coach. Some perceived that Friedgen was not treated well toward the end of his tenure by his alma mater. Since then, Friedgen has avoided saying much of anything critical about Maryland. That is, until Tuesday, when he sent out an email to the media . “We would appreciate the current administration looking forward to the future and dedicating their energies to continue to forge ahead as a world class University and successful football program without demeaning the accomplishments of those who came before,” Friedgen wrote . Current Maryland coach Randy Edsall was critical of Friedgen after at the beginning of Edsall's tenure, calling into question how much Friedgen held his players accountable.
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By Jeff Barker and Mike Miller and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2010
Ralph Friedgen's future as Maryland football coach is being determined in a series of continuing conversations with the Maryland athletic director that are expected to produce a conclusion by early next week on whether Friedgen will even return next season to finish his contract. Athletic director Kevin Anderson's options include Maryland buying out the final year of the coach's contract, but that hasn't been decided yet, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told The Baltimore Sun. Friedgen's job uncertainty results from Anderson's desire -- which he has expressed in various settings -- to have the best coach, not only for next season, but for the long term.
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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 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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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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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, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Inside Randy Edsall's large, contemporary home hangs a framed newspaper bearing a photo of the coach with his arms raised and his jubilant Connecticut players dancing around him on the sideline. The accompanying story chronicles one of Edsall's big, early wins at UConn, a program he helped transition - painfully at times - from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as 1-AA) to the Football Bowl Subdivision. "Arrival Time," the headline screams in bold, oversized lettering.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Former Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara had one of those striking freshman seasons that commands attention and raises expectations. The New Yorker scored 80 points in his first season, converting 18 of 25 field goal attempts -- including 7 of 10 from 40 yards and beyond. He also impressed as a fill-in punter. Entering against Clemson for the injured Travis Baltz, Ferrara sent his first college punt 61 yards, pinning the Tigers at their 4-yard-line. Ferrara is big and strong for a kicker -- 6 feet 1, 195 pounds -- and briefly played lacrosse in high school. Former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen was enamored of his potential as a long-distance kicker.
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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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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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By BILL ORDINE | August 27, 2008
Of Maryland's highest-profile coaches, football's Ralph Friedgen and basketball's Gary Williams, it's "The Fridge" who has less room for error. Those three spectacular campaigns from 2001 through 2003 when Ralph led the Terps out of the wilderness and went 31-8 are beginning to dim in the memory, and among the issues weighing on the faithful is the way Maryland has faded lately. Three of the past four seasons have been marked by more losses than wins both overall and in the ACC and left a bitter aftertaste.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Ralph Friedgen has a gripe with Marylandmore than a year in the making. Maryland dismissed Friedgen in December 2010 after his 10th year as the Terps' football coach. Some perceived that Friedgen was not treated well toward the end of his tenure by his alma mater. Since then, Friedgen has avoided saying much of anything critical about Maryland. That is, until Tuesday, when he sent out an email to the media . “We would appreciate the current administration looking forward to the future and dedicating their energies to continue to forge ahead as a world class University and successful football program without demeaning the accomplishments of those who came before,” Friedgen wrote . Current Maryland coach Randy Edsall was critical of Friedgen after at the beginning of Edsall's tenure, calling into question how much Friedgen held his players accountable.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
An interesting e-mail was sent today to members of the Baltimore-Washington media covering Maryland  athletics. It came from former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen, who wrote about the accomplishments of his program during his 10-year tenure. But the most interesting part of the e-mail was the last sentence.   “We would appreciate the current administration looking forward to the future and dedicating their energies to continue to forge ahead as a world class University and successful football program without demeaning the accomplishments of those who came before,” Friedgen wrote.
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