West Virginia Recap - They Were Who We Thought They Were

James Franklin and Ralph Friedgen are geniuses.  Here was the game plan they devised late Friday night:
OK, we'll let the Mountaineers get out to a 28-point lead by looking listless on defense and totally inept on offense.  Then, just when West Virginia lets its guard down; we'll remember that we have one of the best receivers in the ACC on our team and loft two bombs to him.

Obviously, that conversation never took place; but whatever conversations actually did occur, yielded the same pathetic result.  The first series on offense was truly the most remarkable thing I have ever witnessed in 25 years of watching Maryland football.  If four procedure penalties in the first offensive series of the game aren't an indictment of the ineptitude of the coaching staff; then I don't know what is.

To top it off; while that monstrosity of a screw-up was happening on the field, the Fridge stood there on the sidelines with his arms folded looking barely interested - or lobotomized - definitely one of the two.  Did anyone else notice that?  In years past, we would have seen a Fridge in full throat letting his players know how he felt.  Yesterday?  There was nary a wimper.  Either the Fridge is too old for this crap or he's been so beaten down by this Coach-in-Waiting bullshit, that he can't be bothered anymore.

What a shame too.  The Fridge is the best coach the Terps have had in my lifetime and he has been reduced to a spectator on the sidelines.  Of course, the Fridge shares much of the blame for his predicament.

The incredible inability of Demarr Robinson to exhibit any level of competence at quarterback extends the streak of ineffective or inconsistent QBs to seven seasons (If memory serves, Scott McBrien, was the last good field general and he graduated in 2003.).  That is incredible given the success that the Fridge had in his first four seasons.

The program is sure in a predicament.  I have zero confidence in Franklin to run this offense let alone the whole team. Yet, he will be the head coach unless the school finds $1MM to give him.  Just Awful.

The real shame here is that the team has talent.  Da'Rel Scott is a great college back and Torrey Smith is clearly going to play on Sundays.  It's not too late to have a "successful" season, but that would require the coaching staff to change its stripes.  The players deserve better than this.

Florida International comes to Byrd next week and my upset detector is going off.  FIU led Texas A&M 20-6 in the 4th Quarter this week before succumbing late.  Maryland had better come ready to play or we could tack another embarrassing loss to add to the MTSU defeats of the last two seasons.
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Author: Jeremy | 9/19/2010 9:01:59 PM | Tags: west virginia, james franklin, ralph friedgen, football, scott mcbrien, torrey smith |

Maryland - West Virginia Preview and Game Thread

Tomorrow, Morgantown, West Virginia will be site where the future of the 2010 season will be determined for the Terrapins.  It is the ultimate swing game.  A win, and the Terps are heading towards 5-0 (home vs. FIU and Duke are wins).  A loss, and it is back to the slog. In some ways, this season has already defied expectations.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/17/2010 12:00:00 AM | Tags: west virginia, football terrapins |

The Fridge's Press Conference

I took this video after last night's game. Rough news about C.J. Brown. Danny O'Brien now saying he'll be fine, but the most interesting tidbit is Friedgen saying Baltz has the PK job. Sorry Freaky Feet. Here's Torrey Smith's postgame interview: [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 9/12/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Maryland - Morgan State Game Thread

This game doesn't need much introduction - if Maryland loses, it will be our worst loss in years. It's the home opener coming off a huge win last week (Thank you, Kenny Tate), facing an FCS team, and not a very good one at that. I'm not going to waste anyone's time by giving you a preview of Morgan State's team, because it doesn't matter. If Maryla [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 9/11/2010 7:26:04 AM |

Maryland STANDS Strong!

Could it really have ended any other way? 4th down and goal from the 1. We haven't stopped them all game long when they held onto the ball. How many of us actually thought we would make that stop? Me, I was livid that they could have called timeout with 1:00 left if they were smart. I was hoping to have some time for a final drive. You gotta [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 9/6/2010 5:50:07 PM |

Crab Bowl Game Thread

The football season starts today.  In order for the Terps to turn the negative tide that started last season; a win is essential.  Navy is powered by the wishbone running attack and the Terps front seven will be tested. The game is nationally televised on ESPN and it may be our last, so enjoy it.  If you'd like to read up on some nationally synd [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/6/2010 7:38:57 AM | Tags: navy, football |

2010 Terps Football Preview

We're Number #1!!        Image by Getty Images via @daylif In two days time, the Maryland Terrapins will have the opportunity to erase the disaster that was the 2009 season.  At 2-10, the Terps reached a new low.  The head coach, Ralph Friedgen, had his legacy questioned.  The coach-in-waiting, James Franklin, looked less like an offensive genius [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/4/2010 7:42:11 AM | Tags: football, terrapins, season preview |

Terp Heartbreaker, Lucious, Charged With DUI

Michigan State Spartan, Korie Lucious, has been charged with DUI.  I will never forget how this kid plunged a dagger into my heart 4 1/2 months ago.  There is a part of me that will always despise this kid for beating the Terps, but I would never wish him ill.  I hope this is nothing more than a youthful indiscretion and not a larger problem.My gue [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/31/2010 6:21:33 PM | Tags: korie lucious |

Media Day Wrap-Up

It was my first time at one of these things, so it was a pretty cool experience. Ralph had his typical press conference, but it lasted for a good half hour this time around, then they brought every single non-freshman player out for an interview session that lasted an hour. I was able to talk to Alex Wujciak, Jamarr Robinson, Torrey Smith, Da'Rel S [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/12/2010 2:40:07 PM |

Terp Media Day

Sup Soupers. Just wanted to let you all know I'll be at Terps media day all day today from noon (the Friedgen press conference) to 6:30 (the end of the first practice). I'll be tweeting @ethanrothstein if you guys want to follow along, despite the collective mild disinterest in football. I'll writeup some highlights later in the week for you guys t [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 8/10/2010 8:11:34 AM |
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