The Washington Times - October 25, 2007, 10:14AM

\ Ralph Friedgen chimed in on the subject yesterday. Official Beat Diva Heather Dinich of the Baltimore Sun explained to him the genesis of the yapping - according to Clemson coach Tommy Bowden - was that Ralph told reporters on his Sunday teleconference “I expect to win” despite the rash of injuries his team has suffered.\


\ “I do expect to win,” Friedgen said yesterday. “I expect to win every game. I would hope Tommy expects to win, too. If that’s different, let me know.”\

\ Bowden’s reasoning is indeed inane. I’m just about inured to Ralph saying some variation of “I expect to win.” He would say that if he was playing Southern California or Ohio State, and he would say it if he was playing the dregs of Division III. \

\ For what it’s worth, here was the full context of Ralph’s comments on Sunday:\


We have do the best we can and we’re going to keep fighting. That’s what I’m going to do and hopefully our team will do the same. I’ve never seen a year like this. I’ve seen guys get nicked up, but haven’t seen the broken bones we\0x2019re having. We’ll go back to work tonight and get ready for Clemson and play as hard as we possibly can. I expect to win.

\ Clearly, someone in Tigertown either has reading comprehension difficulties or is desperate to contrive some way to stir up his team. Neither is a good problem to have.\

\ Ralph, for his part, offered up this explanation, which really shouldn’t have been necessary.\

\ “Go figure,” Friedgen said. “I’m getting afraid of talking to anybody anymore. Everybody takes things so literally. I just - that was in reference to our injuries and the adversity we\0x2019re facing. It had nothing to do with disrespecting Clemson. That would be the last thing I’d want to do. Or motivating them, for that matter.”\

\ – Patrick Stevens\