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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    Friedgen Looking To Win ACC Atlantic Division Title

    Ralph Friedgen is in his eighth year as head coach at the University of Maryland with a reputation as one of the top offensive minds in college football.

    Friedgen has lifted the Terrapins to unprecedented heights in his tenure, taking the team to five bowl games, including a pair of New Year's Day appearances, and a school record three straight bowl victories. Prior to Friedgen's arrival, Maryland had just one bowl game appearance in the previous 15 seasons.

    He is the 33rd head coach in school history and ranks fourth in Maryland annals in career winning percentage (.676). His 56 wins are also the third most of any Atlantic Coast Conference head coach through seven years.

    This year his Terps are 7-3 and hoping to win the ACC Atlantic Division title.

    Friedgen was a long-time successful assistant coach at Georgia Tech, where he was credited with overseeing one of the nation's most potent offensive attacks, Friedgen continues to build a new level of pride and glory to his alma mater's football program, guiding the Terps to a 50-24 record, including an Atlantic Coast Conference title and a pair of second-place finishes in his first six years.

    Friedgen's 50 wins after six seasons are more than those of Terps legend Jerry Claiborne but they also fall just shy of the all-time ACC mark of 51, set by Clemson's Danny Ford in the early 1980s.

    In addition, in his first three seasons at the helm of the Terrapin program, Friedgen became the first coach in the conference to lead a team to three-straight seasons of 10 wins or more, while his 36 wins in his first four years ranked him in the top 10 in NCAA history, surpassing the fourth-year marks of coaches such as Frank Leahy and Joe Paterno.

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