My First Meeting With Ralph Friedgen

Shortly after Ralph was hired there was the annual Terrapin club event at Artie Donovan’s Country Club in Baltimore. I had a chance to sit down with Ralph with 6 or 7 Terrapin members. This was long before my start on the air waves. Was impressed me immediately was when I asked him if he saw 6 wins in the near future,. (remember now, Maryland hadn’t been to a bowl in a long while). He busted out laughing and said do you think I came here to win 6 games? That’s nothing , I want to take the Terps to the top. And lo and behold, he sure did, riding the arm of Shaun Hill, Ralph won the ACC and got the Terps to the Orange Bowl. It was incredible, even though the Ole Ball Coach poured it on with Rex Grossman at QB.

It was odd to see Ralph’s “friend” Frank Beamer stand up for him. I do believe the humiliating loss at Virginia Tech was one of the low moments of Ralph’s tenure at Maryland. For that reason I have never liked Beamer and only hope that if Leach comes to College Park –one day he will lay a 60 on the Hokies.

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