Monday, March 31, 2008

Football notes

The football team started its spring practices last week and the focus will certainly be on the offensive backfield as both the quarterback and running back positions are an open competition. Chris Turner will try to hold his starting job over Josh Portis and goes into camp with the official starting spot but without a ringing endorsement from head coach Ralph Friedgen. Morgan Green and Da'Rel Scott will both compete for the "starting" spot but my guess is that Friedgen will platoon the two regardless.

The Sporting News' Tom Dienhart rated Ralph Friedgen as the 10th best head coach in the ACC ahead of only Jeff Jagodzinski and Randy Shannon. It has been a long decline for Friedgen after his first three years at Maryland when he was anointed with the dreaded title of "genius" by many media types. Even though there is discontent over the state of the basketball program it is the football program that could see dramatic changes if things don't get turned around. It seems clear that the relationship between Friedgen and the athletic department has somewhat soured over the last few years and the pressure is on for him to have a good season.


Bill said...

The relationship has suffered since he held them hostage for a major pay raise (Glazers @ Tampa Bay, etc)after UMD gave him his only chance at Head Coach

Esquire said...

Yup, that certainly didn't help. Going 10-12 over the next two seasons probably made it worse though. Over the last few years the football team hasn't exactly been one big happy family. I don't totally blame Fridge for how things have turned out but he certainly hasn't done much to help himself.