I am sad to see Coach Friedgen go. He made Maryland football fun to watch again, and I missed probably ten games max during the "Ralph years". I'm really going to miss seeing that big guy down on the sideline. You could tell he poured his soul into his coaching, just like Gary Williams. Those are the guys you root for in life.But that said, you have to be kidding yourself to think that missing out on Mike Leach at age 49 would make any one of us happy for the next ten years. We would all be asking "what were they thinking" and "I thought Debbie Yow quit" if Mike Leach got hired-and he would have been hired-at another big school. Imagine him at North Carolina-not good.
Keep in mind the previous AD left the new AD with a bit of a mess football wise. I think AD Anderson saw it as such, and made the only decision he could given that James Franklin wanted to leave. It left him no choice.
Finally, can you imagine the amount of energy Mike Leach will put into this gig given that his old nemesis the Texas Longhorns are on the schedule in future years? One has to believe that rarely do the stars align, but if the day comes that the University of Maryland can line up and beat Texas of all teams in football, we will all look back at this time and say there was only one man that could have made that happen. ESPN College Gameday may well be on campus for that game! I think the new AD sees it the same way.
Good luck in all things Coach Friedgen and thanks for all the great memories! Fridge Fever Forever!