Ex-Maryland coach Ralph Freidgen sounds off

Ex-Maryland coach Ralph Freidgen sounds off
July 25, 2012, 1:00 am
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by JP Finlay

For many Maryland fans, the December 2010 departure of Ralph Friedgen as head football coach touched a nerve. At the time he was fired, Friegen was coming off a nine-win season and had been named ACC Coach of the Year.

Friedgen had some choice words for his alma mater upon leaving the position, and the subtle war of words between Friedgen and Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson always seemed capable of breaking out heavy artillery. But besides an emotional talk radio outburst from Friedgen last September, the coach mostly remained silent. Until now.

In a prepared statement sent to various media outlets, Friedgen outlined his success as Maryland football coach and asked that the dialogue between current football coach Randy Edsall, AD Anderson and Friedgen move forward.

The telling passage from Friedgen's statement comes toward the end, after the former coach listed his accomplishments in College Park.

"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.

For more coverage and the full statement, click here.