The Washington Times - November 4, 2008, 03:06PM

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen courteously warned reporters yesterday he was probably going to close practice today, having heard from someone that Frank Beamer had done the same this week in Blacksburg.

And if ever there’s a day where the loss of watching five periods of practice won’t hurt anyone, it’s today.


Let’s count the ways…

* All interviews heading into Thursday’s game were done with Friedgen’s Tuesday presser.

(Speaking of which, Ralph uncorked his classic adjusted week for a Thursday game right from the start today. “It feels a little bit of weird doing a press conference,” he said. “See, you think it’s Tuesday but I think it’s Thursday. it’s a little bit different than what I’m used to.”)

* Even if the five periods were ultra-compelling, it would still end around 4:45; that would make for a fun drive back to D1scourse’s Glen Burnie headquarters.

* It’s raining.

* There’s this little election you might have heard of that is worth monitoring today.

Ralph has his secrets to keep, too, notably whether or not Da’Rel Scott and Dave Philistin will realistically be able to play despite shoulder injuries. When the Terps’ injury report is released later, bank on both being questionable, just like they were earlier in the week.

—- Patrick Stevens