Football leftovers from Sunday

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Some quick hitters from Ralph’s teleconference last night…

* As mentioned in today’s dead-tree edition story, linebackers coach Al Seamonson will probably be Maryland’s defensive coordinator for the Humanitarian Bowl – unlessRalph Friedgen somehow makes a quick hire and gets the new guy in here.

Although Ralph didn’t indicate the chances of that one way or another, I’d rate it as doubtful. Friedgen has little incentive to rush into a decision, and there’s a chance Seamonson might be the right guy for the job, anyway. It wouldn’t hurt to give him a trial run for the next month before fully deliberating.

* Injury-wise, it looks like wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey (calf) will miss practice this week, but could return after exams.

“I think he’ll be ready,” Friedgen said. “He’s made a lot of improvement.”

Sounds like defensive linemen Travis Ivey and Dion Armstrong are on a similar schedule.

* Speaking of schedules, here’s the team’s tentative plans before shipping out to Boise.

Maryland will begin bowl practice today and it will run through Thursday. There might be a workout Saturday, then practice Sunday. After a break for exams, there will be a midday practice on Dec. 20 after exams are done, a morning practice the 21st to avoid a conflict with college commencements, then three more practices (21st, 22nd, 23rd) before guys go home for Christmas.

Friedgen plans to have the team fly out the 26th and have practices the 27th and 28th in Boise, with a typical walkthrough on the 29th.

Patrick Stevens

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