Ralph On The ACC Teleconference

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\ Gundy, who has displaced Mark Mangino atop the Big 12/YouTube legend pecking order, responded to criticism of one of his players after Saturday’s victory over Texas Tech.\

\ “To be honest with you I don’t read the papers,” Friedgen said “I’m not much aware of what’s happening out there [in Oklahoma]. I can’t really comment if I don’t know the facts…”\

\ “Media has a job to do. I try to work with them and provide them with what they need to help their jobs. I think when that interferes with a competitive advantage, if I can lose, I try not to help them with that. I think it’s a two-way street. I realize they have a job to do and I think they do a pretty good job.”\

\ And as for what the supposed “line” is for criticism that’s called for and what isn’t?\

\ “It doesn’t really matter what I think,” Friedgen said. “I never like to see our athletes criticized. They’re trying to do the best they can, but it’s big-time college football. You gotta have a thick skin if you’re gonna play, if you’re playing or coaching. People are entitled to their opinion and they’re gonna have it.”\

\ Ralph also talked some about Rutgers’ pass efficiency and recruiting the Garden State, and mentioned the Terps have had a pair of good practices this week.\

\ And, of course, he got asked about overcoming last week’s 31-24 loss at Wake Forest, a game in which the Terps coughed up a 21-point lead in the second half.\

\ “This is my 39th year of coaching, and I’ve been on both sides,” Ralph said. “I like the other side better. It’s like playing golf. One bad hole doesn’t make a season. You gotta learn to put it behind you.”\

\ That’s easier said than done with the nation’s No. 10 team awaiting a visit from you on Saturday.\

\ — Patrick Stevens

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