Team preview: Maryland

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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Four years ago, when Ralph Friedgen took over a Maryland football program that had just two winning seasons in the previous 15 years, the 32-year assistant coach came aboard with an aggressive five-year plan. And then he went and blew the whole thing by going 10-2, winning the ACC championship and taking the Terrapins to the Orange Bowl his first season. An 11-win season. a 10-victory campaign and back-to-back bowl wins have followed.

Friedgen's accomplishes in those three short seasons begs these questions: First, why didn't some idiot athletic director hire him as a head coach sooner?