Friedgen clarifies inflammatory comments made about Maryland on WNST last week

October 05, 2011 | WNST Staff

After creating a riptide of controversy last week regarding his feelings toward the University of Maryland, former football coach Ralph Friedgen has clarified the comments he made about his alma mater.

“I want to apologize to those who have supported me for my comments,” Friedgen said in a phone interview. “I did not actually burn my diploma. I was only trying to make a joke.”

Friedgen told WNST’s Glenn Clark in a live radio interview last Thursday that he burned his degree from the university after being forced out as head coach last December. The former coach told Clark on Wednesday that his inflammatory remark was made in jest despite his displeasure over his 10-year run with the Terps coming to an abrupt end following a 9-4 season and a victory in the Military Bowl.

Friedgen’s disenchantment with the university has not been helped with current head coach Randy Edsall’s recent comments criticizing the program’s talent level and questioning the accountability at which players were held during Friedgen’s run as head coach.

In the interview heard on AM-1570 WNST last week, Friedgen also went on to say he was now supporting Georgia Tech, where he spent two different stints as the Yellow Jackets’ offensive coordinator.