Maryland had just dropped its last game of the regular season to Boston College, and Gloria Friedgen looked stricken.
She stood, pale and silent, with her daughter Kelley in a media briefing room inside Alumni Stadium, waiting for her husband, coach Ralph Friedgen, to deliver somber post-game remarks. She clasped her daughter's hand so tightly that their knuckles were mottled white.
Nine months later, she shakes her head and tries to explain why losses are so wrenching...
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(Baltimore Sun photo by Colby Ware / August 10, 2009)