Following up on Friedgen's comments

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And now, the latest in former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen’s Georgia Tech flag-flying, diploma-burning saga.

You’ll recall he made mention of both of those topics during an interview with Glenn Clark on Baltimore radio station WNST (AM-1570) last week. An uproar from Maryland fans ensued about the coach who was 75-50 in 10 years as the Terrapins’ coach.

Clark and Friedgen spoke again yesterday off-air, with a couple tweets covering the extent of Friedgen’s additional public remarks.

“I want to apologize to those who have supported me for my comments,” Friedgen said. “I did not actually burn my diploma. I was just making a joke.”

So, everyone, what did we learn from all of this?

Well, Friedgen’s still not happy about being fired; then again, who likes being fired? Nine months away from Maryland also hasn’t mellowed his tendency to speak before thinking about the ramifications of what he’s about to say, but that’s not something folks that far into their lives tend to change.

We also learned (again) that for whatever reason, way too many people take both written and spoken words literally nearly all the time. Here’s hoping the folks who were up in arms because they actually believed Friedgen burned his diploma don’t get e-mails from purported Nigerian princes any time in the future.

Patrick Stevens

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