The Washington Times - September 11, 2007, 10:46AM
Andrew ZuckermanRalph Friedgen SEE RELATED:


\ The ACC announced the game times for Sept. 22 yesterday, and Maryland’s kickoff against coach Jim Grobe and Wake Forest is set for 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. That lands right in the middle of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.\

\ Zuckerman wanted to know if there were any players who would be affected. Friedgen came up with reserve kicker David May and walk-on quarterback Mitch Levine, but was still intrigued by the question.\

\ “It\0x2019s OK [to play] after sundown?” Friedgen asked. “Think Grobe’s behind this? They are a Baptist school, aren’t they?”\

\ While the thought of an omnipotent Grobe who controls all that he surveys is more plausible possibility than with other coaches — he did, after all, win an ACC title at Wake Forest — it’s actually not a new scenario to Friedgen.\

\ “I know in the past that’s been a very holy weekend for kids of the Jewish faith and I understand that,” Friedgen said. “When I was here [as an assistant] I recruited two Jewish kids out of New York, Bruce Mesner and Neal Sampson. … Both were starting defensive linemen and they didn’t play against Penn State and we lost the game by two points. They were upset. The parents were vehemently against it. Coach Ross understood.”\

\ — Patrick Stevens