A Sad Day for MD Football

I'm not saying it's time for him to go just yet, but the seat is definitely getting warmer...

It's hard to find the words that accurately describe how I'm feeling right now.  And I'm sure that whatever I'm feeling can't be as bad as what Mr. Ralph Friedgen is going through.  There's no way to put a positive spin on this one; nothing really great to take away from today's game. It is simply a sad day for MD Football.

Four turnovers. 400 yards given up.  Getting driven on 60 yards with two minutes left and the game on the line in your stadium.  All against a team from the Sun Belt conference that "upset" you the previous year.  I'm sorry but there's simply no excuse. 

There's no excuse for losing to Middle Tennessee State.  Not twice.  Not two years in a row.  Not now.  Not ever.  We are Maryland.  They are Middle Tennessee State.  It just shouldn't happen.  

Fridge can pull the all too familiar "we're young" excuse.  He can tell us that he just doesn't know how to get through to his guys.  He can say whatever he wants.  The bottom line is that we have been a subpar football program in the ACC for the last five or six years.  And at the moment, we're one of the worst, if not the worst, in the ACC.  

One reason for the team's dreadful start this year is the horrid play of the "young" offensive line.  But at the end of the day, who's fault is that?  Fridge does the recruiting.  He knew that the majority of the line was going to graduate last season.  Did he just forget to recruit linemen from 2005 through 2008.  Does any other ACC O-line have two walk-ons starting? The fact that his line is young and inexperienced falls solely on his shoulders.  

Though the line has been horrible this season, it is not the reason for this program's decline over the last six years.  In fact, it has little to do with a lack of talent.  We've had numerous first round draft picks the last six years and we bring in decent recruiting classes.  Our football team is certainly more talented than Middle Tennessee State's and they're more talented than JMU.  Our players are at Maryland, and not a Sun Belt or 1-AA school, for a reason.  We have an All-ACC back, a 5th year senior starting Quarterback, a potentially explosive group of wide receivers, a Bednarick nominee at linebacker, and a few other solid playmakers on defense. The problems of this program run much deeper than talent.  They stem from the inability of the coaching staff to get any team to live up to its potential, and the inability of any Terps team in the last six years, to maintain some sort of consistency. Love ya Ralph, but that falls on you.  

I'm not calling for his head just yet.  And I'm trying hard not to overreact from one loss.  But I think it's pretty evident that this program has been in a steady decline since 2001.  We're not the same Terps that hoisted the ACC Championship trophy, or competed in an Orange Bowl, or even made it to a halfway respectable bowl game each year.  No, now we play in the Humanitarian Bowl.  Actually, this year, we probably won't be playing in a bowl.  We are undoubtedly going in the wrong direction and someone needs to put a stop to the slide.  Otherwise, this school will simply fade back into College Football oblivion.  

Yes, today was definitely not a great day to be a Terp.  Last week wasn't either.  And neither was the 52-13 Cal thrashing from Week 1.  I'll continue to go to games, cheer loudly, and support this team, because I am and always will be a Terp.  But something needs to change and it needs to change soon.  This University and its fans deserve better.      

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