The Washington Times - February 6, 2009, 05:06PM

Ralph Friedgen had a couple gems during this afternoon’s press conference. But the best involved a recruiting story from the last week involving a high school coach.

The coach cautiously approached Friedgen with a question, mentioning he’d heard the Maryland coach was going to retire.

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“I said ‘Who said that?’ and he said ‘One of your competitors,’” Friedgen recalled. “Well, Penn State was recruiting him and so was Boston College. I said, ‘Well, [Frank] Spaziani is 64 and [Joe] Paterno’s pushing 90. You’re worried about me retiring?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’”

Still, Friedgen is on the other side of 60 (he’ll turn 62 in April), and it is a valid issue.

“I think it is getting to that point where people are going to question how long I’m going to be coaching. It does come up. I think this is a thing so that continuity can continue. Whether it’s three years or five years, we’ll have a guy in place to take over. I think that’s going to help the stability of this program.”

– Patrick Stevens