We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

15. Ralph Friedgen’s first game/season as Maryland football coach (September 1, 2001)

The Terps did not once go bowling in the 1990’s, running through two head coaches (Mark Duffner and Ron Vanderlinden) in the process. Expectations were low for the 2001 campaign-the first with former Terrapin Friedgen at the helm. Instead, the Terps rolled past North Carolina in their first game and went on to win their first (and only) ACC title since 1985 and made their only ever BCS Bowl appearance-a blowout loss to Florida in the Orange Bowl.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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