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Former Terps Coach Ralph Friedgen Is Flying His Maryland Flag, Again

March 13, 2018
By Evan Raigrodski

In 2011, former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen told Glenn Clark he burned his Maryland diploma and would be flying a Georgia Tech flag from then on. 

Now, seven years later, Friedgen said he's made another change to his flag pole.

"You can tell [fans] I'm flying my Maryland flag again," Friedgen told Glenn Clark Radio March 12.

Friedgen returned to College Park, Md., March 9 -- something many thought would never happen -- to speak at head coach DJ Durkin's spring coaches clinic at Cole Field House.

Friedgen, who was fired from Maryland in 2010, spoke to coaches about the last 50 years of Maryland football, which reminded him of the love and support he received from the Maryland fanbase. 

"I can remember the last game, people had signs up and thanking me and chants," said Friedgen, who played at Maryland from 1966-1968. "I got to thinking about -- there's a lot of guys that won national championships that had left programs that didn't get the appreciation from the fans that I did." 

Friedgen was a revered coach at Maryland from 2001-2010, going 75-50 and 5-2 in bowl games. He ranks as the third-winningest coach in Maryland football history. 

Now, Durkin has the reigns, and Friedgen thinks the program is in a good position. 

"There are certain things at Maryland that DJ has that I didn't have, so that's a positive," Friedgen said. "He still has some situations in the school that are not on the equal plane with Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State. But he is probably a lot further ahead that anyone has been in the last 50 years, so I think that's a positive." 

Friedgen also attended practice in the revamped Cole Field House and liked the way Durkin ran things.

"I was very impressed with practice," Friedgen said. "The enthusiasm of the players, the effort of the players, I think they're in a good spot right now, and I can see things getting better. These kids got to believe they can win; that's the biggest thing." 

For more from Friedgen, listen to the full interview here:

Photo Credit: Mitch Stringer/PressBox