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Ping-Pong diplomacy? Not when it comes to James Franklin's recruitment of C.J. Brown

James Franklin helped recruit C.J. Brown to Maryland.
James Franklin helped recruit C.J. Brown to Maryland. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

When Maryland was recruiting quarterback C.J. Brown, then-head coach Ralph Friedgen took James Franklin, his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, along for the trip to the 3-star prospect's home.

Both Brown and Franklin recalled this week how they played ping-pong in the basement of Brown's house in Cranberry Township, Pa., but their recollection of how their competion turned out was a little different.

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"Before he left, I challenged to a game of ping-pong. He was talking all that trash saying he was pretty good," Brown said Tuesday. "I don't know if it was his way of getting me to commit, but I ended up beating him, so I'll always have that over his head."

Told Wednesday of Brown's memory of their match, Franklin laughed.

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"No, I whupped him every game," Franklin said. Every game."

Brown and Franklin get a chance to settle the score Saturday, in some respects, when the quarterback leads his Terps to Penn State to face Franklin's Nittany Lions.

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