maryland football cancels remaining road games in attempt to win acc

Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen announced this morning that the team is cancelling its remaining road games, and will only play at Byrd Stadium for the rest of the year.  The move comes in lieu of losses to big underdogs in both of their away games.  The team has two remaining away games at Virginia Tech and Boston College, and it’s become clear to the staff that they have no chance of winning on the road.

Friedgen stated that there has been trouble “getting through to [the players]” regarding travel plans.  The coach said that he actually yelled out to key players to get on the team bus before the UVA game, but they may not have heard him.  In a post-game press conference he stated, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I think, ‘What more could I have done?’ It’s a question of whether they hear you or whether they want to hear you.”  Friedgen went on to say that key players Da’Rel Scott, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Jeremy Navarre missed the game altogether.  “This wasn’t about X’s and O’s,” Friedgen said. “It was about who came to play and who didn’t.”

The logistical problems have led the Terps to cancel their remaining road games and focus on winning at Byrd Stadium, where they are 4-0 and have beaten two Top 25 teams. The move comes despite the fact that the Terps only had four road games in their twelve game schedule. Friedgen also cited concerns over the coaching staff’s propensity to throw players under the team bus following losses.

The friendly confines of Byrd Stadium.

The friendly confines of Byrd Stadium.


2 Responses to “maryland football cancels remaining road games in attempt to win acc”

  1. 1 M.A.S.H.
    October 6, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    We should probably also cancel all remaining games with teams not ranked in the top 25. After all, we need to be able to properly motivate ourselves.

  2. 2 terphed
    October 6, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    The team should also go out in public in places where they’ll be disrespected and get some additional chips on their collective shoulders.

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