There was much debate last night whether the 24-14 loss to Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro was the worst for Ralph Friedgen since returning to his alma mater.
While Friedgen was honest in taking responsibility for not getting his team prepared, he wouldn't go as far as to say this was the low point of his tenure in College Park.
Trust me, it is.
Friedgen tried to compare losing to a below-average Middle Tennessee team with the youngest personnel in the country to losing at Northern Illinois to open the 2003 campaign, a season that saw the Terps go on to win 10 games and the Gator Bowl.
Northern Illinois was a pretty good team, with a star named Michael (The Burner) Turner. On top of that, the Terps lost in overtime on a controversial play.
The 2003 Maryland team was also coming off an 11-win season in 2002 and was two seasons removed from a 10-win, ACC championship year. This team is coming off a 6-7 year in a stretch of three losing seasons in four years; That team had a solid quarterback in Scott McBrien, a solid kicker in Nick Novak and the best defense in the ACC. This team has none of the above.
As for it being the worst loss ever, I'm trying to come up with another possibility.
-- Don Markus