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by BOB PARASILITI | August 30, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ralph Friedgen is having sensory overload. The University of Maryland football coach knows what he's seeing, understands what he's hearing and has a grasp on his own emotions. But when it comes to his Terrapins, it is a completely different story. Like any coach with football in his blood, Friedgen is ready to strap it on Saturday when Maryland hosts William & Mary in the season opener at 6 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. The blood is boiling and the stomach is already churning.
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by BOB PARASILITI | May 18, 2006
HAGERSTOWN University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen admits that there are many aspects of success that keep him motivated. Maybe the biggest of them is making sure his players are ready to tackle the real world long after they have finished tackling opposing running backs. "I believe in the student-athlete," Friedgen said Wednesday at the Rotary Club of Hagerstown's weekly meeting at the Four Points Sheraton. "I believe in winning. I believe in graduating players.
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By BOB PARASILITI | November 24, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Football, like love, is better the second time around. There is not much romance being a center on the University of Maryland football team, but there is a definite affection there for Williamsport graduate Ryan McDonald. McDonald could have walked away for good from football after the 2004 season. He was a graduating senior and was introduced at Maryland's Senior Day festivities. "I thought that was it," said McDonald about that last game against Wake Forest.
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By DAVID GINSBURG | November 19, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen didn't need to make an impassioned speech this week to put his players in the proper mood for today's game against No. 23 Boston College. The Terrapins have plenty of incentive to win, beginning with the fact that a victory will make Maryland eligible to receive a bowl bid. There's also the matter of giving the team's 14 seniors a proper send-off in their home finale, as well as regaining a sense of superiority at Byrd Stadium, where Maryland is 1-3 this season.
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by BOB PARASILITI | September 23, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite a 1-2 start, University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has all the confidence in the world. He might want to syphon some off for his young Terrapins, though. While Friedgen professes that the Terps are near to putting it all together to become a consistent football team, Maryland's young players are having doubts and growing pains, especially after two unnerving losses in the last two weeks. Friedgen has two remedies for the problem ... past experiences of having a 1-2 record and just some overall experience.
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August 27, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Soon after Maryland completed its very disappointing 2004 season, Ralph Friedgen switched on the VCR and turned back the clock. The Terrapins went 5-6 last year, ending a run of three consecutive stellar seasons in which they won at least 10 games and played in a bowl game. Quarterback issues and a sputtering offense were certainly a factor in the regression, but Friedgen took full responsibility for the slide. After Maryland completed a 10-3 season in 2003 by crushing West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, Friedgen was convinced that the blueprint for success was in place.
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by BOB PARASILITI | August 9, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Success is like a bouquet of roses. Their beauty is something to behold, but don't forget about the thorns. University of Maryland football started to bloom into one of the up-and-coming programs in the country in its first three years under coach Ralph Friedgen. There was a surprise Atlantic Coast Conference title and three consecutive bowl trips to help it all take root. All was rosy with the world. All the early success was so pretty, even Friedgen took time to stop and smell the roses.
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by BOB PARASILITI | September 9, 2003
Once upon a time, the University of Maryland football team had the anatomy of a championship team. The Terrapins had a good head on their shoulders with an experienced senior returning at quarterback. They had a strong back, thanks to a number of returning defensive players. There were good legs because of their stable of running backs. And the foot was one of the best because of an emerging place-kicking star. Oh yes, there was one of the best brains in the business in coach Ralph Friedgen, who is the mastermind of it all. The physical makeup is there, but two weeks into the season something is definitely missing.
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by BOB PARASILITI | July 1, 2003
The earth moved in the sporting world on Monday. The University of Miami's decision to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference sent tremors that were felt across the college football landscape. It was more than just a football powerhouse filing a change of address card. It strengthened the perceived prestige, marketability and financial draw of one league while putting a serious dent in the other. It also signifies a new era in college football where super conferences could turn so-called "mid-major" schools into dinosaurs.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 21, 2002
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ralph Friedgen would never be confused with a Maryland cheerleader, but he knows how to shake a pom-pom successfully. Maryland's football coach has become a master at motivating the Terrapins to do things most critics have thought impossible. Now, Friedgen is branching out. Friedgen isn't bashful about admitting he is pulling for North Carolina State to win this week. The Wolfpack faces Florida State on Saturday in what has become Maryland's final hope for a chance to win a share of its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
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