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Ralph Friedgen earned one more try with Terps

After the Terps finished 2-10 a year ago -- the Maryland football program's worst season under Ralph Friedgen -- it looked as if former athletic director Debbie Yow would pull the plug on the Fridge. The way the program appeared to be heading, it would have been hard to bash her for it.

Of course, Yow ended up keeping Friedgen in the fold, and thanks to a surprising 2010 season from the 7-3 Terps, he will remain in College Park in 2011, too.

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"Based largely on the improved performance of our team and student-athletes this season, coach Friedgen will be our head football coach next year," new AD Kevin Anderson said in a statement Thursday. "Once this season is complete, Ralph and I will sit down to discuss the current state and future of the program."

Good call. Friedgen did enough in 2010 to earn the right to finish out the final year of his contract.

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Boosted by a win over Navy in the season opener and buoyed by the play of freshman QB Danny O'Brien, Maryland can take control of the ACC's Atlantic Division by beating Florida State on Saturday.

On Friday morning, I was on the Rob Long Show on FOX 1370, and Rob asked me if the Terps would beat the Seminoles. Put on the spot, I picked the Terps. I have very little confidence in my pick because I haven't watched too much of the Terps this season due to my Ravens obligations. But I'm sticking to my guns. Why? They have been outplaying expectations all season. (And because I'm stubborn, too.)

Either way, though, that the Terps are playing in an ACC game of this magnitude in the middle of November is a very encouraging sign -- unless you're James Franklin. I still have doubts about the Terps pulling off a long-term turnaround under Friedgen. But let's see if his massive rebuilding plan shows enough progress in 2011 to earn him another contract at Maryland.

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