Dear Maryland Football Supporter,
Now that the 2009 season is complete, I wanted to take a few moments to thank you for your support of our football team this year. And I wanted to tell you that no one associated with our football program is satisfied with our record this season. As Head Coach, I take responsibility for our performance this year and I can assure you that we will be better next year.
Our 2010 schedule includes a season opener against the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Those of you who were there in 2005 remember what an outstanding game that was (we eventually prevailed 23-20 in a nailbiter), and I expect this one to be another tough match against our intra-state rival. It will be a terrific start to the season.
When our full 2010 schedule is officially announced in January, we will be asking you to continue your support of Maryland Football by renewing your season tickets. I understand that some of you may look at this year’s record and think hard about that decision. But I ask that you remember the 2009 team not solely for our record, but also for the heart with which they played. This team never quit, not once, not on any play. These are student-athletes of character…and we should all be proud that they are called Terrapins. Now is the time for all Terp fans to unite and support the team.
I am so proud to have been a part of this team, perhaps more than any team in my 40 years of coaching. I would like to personally ask that you continue your support of the Terps by renewing your season tickets. Come back to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium next year. Watch our young team grow and improve. With your help, we can do special things next year. And my staff and I start that work today.
For those of you who wrote, emailed and called with encouragement over the trying 2009 season, I thank you. I am humbled by your continued loyalty and support of Maryland Football. We’ve done some great things together here in Maryland during my first nine years, featuring six bowl appearances including the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl and the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Returning the program to that level of competition, along with Top 25 finishes remains our top priority.
I am a proud Terp and I consider it an honor to coach here at the University of Maryland and I thank Debbie Yow and Dr. Dan Mote for their continued support. I hope that you look forward with me, our players and our coaching staff to the 2010 season.
Fear The Turtle!
Head Coach Ralph Friedgen