Maryland football players had a surprise visitor this week – the wife of former football coach Ralph Friedgen.
In visiting with players, Gloria Friedgen reprised a role she played when her husband was coach. She would come to practice, chat with players and distribute fruit or other snacks. Players called her a “team mom.”
This week, she just said hello. She did come equipped with snacks.
Her visit followed Maryland’s 38-7 defeat by Temple, the team’s second loss in a row.
It came at a delicate time. It’s a period in which coach Randy Edsall has talked openly of trying to instill a new culture – particularly as it pertains to academics – from the one he inherited from Friedgen last January.
Just a few days ago, Edsall said the transition to his system "doesn’t happen overnight because people don’t just change overnight. It takes time, especially if young people aren’t used to being held accountable."
By all accounts, everyone was perfectly civil during Gloria Friedgen's visit.