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Ralph Friedgen's high school football past literally showed up on his doorstep last season.

Interviewed in his office recently, the coach recounted how a giant "G" was delivered to his home.

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It looked like a University of Georgia flag. Why, Friedgen thought, would Bulldogs rooters send him such a thing when Georgia wasn't on Maryland's schedule?

Friedgen soon learned it wasn't a Georgia "G." It was the symbol of the Rye (N.Y.) High School Garnets.

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The Garnets are the rivals of Harrison High, where Friedgen played quarterback and was coached by his father in the 1960s. The "G" was left by someone as a prank. Friedgen said his initial thought on the perpetrator was: "Get a life."

• My biggest surprise at the Atlantic Coast Conference football media and coaches' conference last month? It was that the ACC earns more from football than basketball.

The conference has long been better known for hoops. But football-related revenue outpaces basketball's slightly, according to commissioner John Swofford. Football revenues are up since the league has added Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College in recent years.

• It was no surprise, however, to see the Terps rated fifth in the Atlantic Division in the preseason media poll. That's about where the team is usually picked, Friedgen said. If Maryland is to surprise this season, it will do so partly because of speed -- the coach is particularly high on the breakaway threat posed by running back Da'Rel Scott. The Terps must also avoid the sorts of injuries that, like a maddening headache, kept interrupting the team's progress last season.

• You've probably gleaned by now that I'm covering Maryland football this season. I was trying to think of a way to introduce myself. The best I could manage was: "I'm Jeff. I'll be your server." More to come on Media Day on Monday.

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