by JP Finlay
For many Maryland fans, the December 2010 departure of Ralph Friedgen as head football coach touched a nerve. At the time he was fired, Friegen was coming off a nine-win season and had been named ACC Coach of the Year.
Friedgen had some choice words for his alma mater upon leaving the position, and the subtle war of words between Friedgen and Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson always seemed capable of breaking out heavy artillery. But besides an emotional talk radio outburst from Friedgen last September, the coach mostly remained silent. Until now.
In a prepared statement sent to various media outlets, Friedgen outlined his success as Maryland football coach and asked that the dialogue between current football coach Randy Edsall, AD Anderson and Friedgen move forward.
The telling passage from Friedgen's statement comes toward the end, after the former coach listed his accomplishments in College Park.
"We would appreciate the current administration looking forward to the future and dedicating their energies to continue to forge ahead as a world class university and successful football program without demeaning the accomplishments of those who came before, Friedgen wrote.
For more coverage and the full statement, click here.
Think you could put together a better starting lineup than the coaches? Well, one lucky fan will get that chance. The Washington Capitals are auctioning off the opportunity to name the starting lineup for the team’s final preseason game on Oct. 9 against the New York Islanders.
According to the description, “Winner will meet Barry Trotz before the game to discuss what players are available to play in that night's game. Winner will determine starting lineup and will announce the starters to the team in the locker room prior to the game. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as no one other than Barry Trotz gets to announce the starting lineup to the team, and no one is allowed in the locker room before the game other than the players and coaches.”
Notice that it specifies that Trotz will “discuss what players are available” so you won’t be able to declare Evgeny Kuznetsov as the starting goalie. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to try.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit Martha’s Table’s Joyful Food Markets through So Kids Can and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The auction closes at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6.
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On Sunday Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins booted five field goals against the Giants, including the game winner with 1:51 left to play. Today he received reccognition for his day.
Hopkins was named NFC special teams player of the week, the first member of the Redskins to get the honor since Kai Forbath got in Week 8 in 2014.
Hopkins has not missed a field goal all year, hitting 11 of 11. His 5 for 5 performance on Sunday tied the team record for field goals in a game without a miss, somthing that has been accomplished only five times.
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