Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Ten Years Of Ralph End Today

For a preview of today’s Military Bowl – East Carolina v. Maryland – click here.

Here’s Ralph’s crib sheet from the past ten seasons in College Park. It will be interesting to see how this reads in 2021.

2001 Record: 10-2 (lost to Florida in Orange Bowl) Friedgen reversed years of misery in College Park by winning the ACC title in his first season. He also led the Terrapins to their first bowl game since 1990.

2002 Record: 11-3 (defeated Tennessee in Peach Bowl) Friedgen became the second Maryland coach ever to win 11 games in a season.

2003 Record: 10-3 (defeated West Virginia in Gator Bowl) The Terrapins won 10 of their final 11 games for the second straight season.

2004 Record: 5-6 (no bowl game) An upset of No. 5 Florida State highlighted a season hampered by youth (especially at quarterback) and injuries.

2005 Record: 5-6 (no bowl game) Mental mistakes and turnovers led to another bowl-less season.

2006 Record: 9-4 (defeated Purdue in Champs Sports Bowl) Ralph's Terps upset 19th-ranked
Clemson, 13–12 while five of their games were won by four points or less. 
2007 Record: 6-7 (lost to Oregon State in Emerald Bowl) Friedgen struggled through a season in which he admitted he took on too many responsibilities, play-calling among them.
2008 Record: 8-5 (defeated Nevada in Humanitarian Bowl) Maryland was in the ACC title game mix until a dispiriting 37-3 loss to Florida State in the regular season's penultimate game.

2009 Record: 2-10 (no bowl game)The first 10-loss season in program history had Friedgen on the verge of losing his job.

2010 Record: 8-4 (Military Bowl vs. East Carolina) The Fridge was named ACC coach of the year, but first-year Athletic Director Kevin Anderson felt a change was needed after years of dwindling attendance. Friedgen will be fired after the Military Bowl. 

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