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Tour de force - Williams, Friedgen on Terps' trail

May 09, 2001

Tour de force - Williams, Friedgen on Terps' trail



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

On the recruiting trail, Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams and football coach Ralph Friedgen criss-cross the country looking for athletes to wear the Terrapins' red and black.

Tuesday afternoon, the twosome found plenty of people in their own backyard willing to wear those colors as they were in Hagertown for the Cumberland Valley Terrapin Club's spring outing at Fountain Head Country Club.

"It's great to get around the state, we've done several of these," Williams said after a round of golf and just before a reception in the clubhouse. "Hagerstown certainly has some people that care about the university."

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For Williams, it's the latest stop on a celebratory tour after the school's first-ever trip to the Final Four. The old questions of when Maryland would break through have been replaced by questions about when it will do it again.

"It's good. What last season gives us is the right to feel that we can be as good as anyone else," Williams said. "I think we've thought it for awhile; we've thought Maryland can get a team to that level."

While Williams has made the journey to western Maryland several times before, it's Friedgen's maiden journey to the area as a Maryland boss. Still, he's got the same hopes and ideas to make his program as celebrated as his former Maryland classmate's.

"I know the school can support two winning programs, and we can do it athletically and academically," said Friedgen, who returned to his alma mater from Georgia Tech. "We have a long way to go to get there, but ... if we can fill Byrd Stadium like the basketball team fills Cole ...

"You can play off that energy and we can have a chance to do that."

And although it was only 110 people Tuesday in Hagerstown, Friedgen's found a great start.

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