The Washington Times - October 15, 2008, 10:16AM

Sometimes, I do bring good news to Ralph Friedgen.

Really, it’s true. It’s not like reporters are a nuisance to football coaches all the time.


Sometimes they deliver an encouraging development.

Like yesterday.

While talking with Friedgen, I mentioned his contract stipulates he will receive a $100,000 bonus for graduating between 65 percent and 76 percent of his players.

“I do? I didn’t know that,” Friedgen said before perking up. “What’s our rate this year?”

Friedgen was already cackling that cackle of his by this point, so that comment was made with amused curiosity rather than unadulterated avarice. Maryland’s graduation success rate —- the one touted by the NCAA because it factors in transfers into a program and doesn’t penalize for transfers leaving in good standing —- is 68 percent. The Terps’ federal rate (also released yesterday) is 64 percent.

The contract’s language stipulates that “graduation rate” under consideration “shall mean the six-year graduation rate as reported by the NCAA for the most recent reporting.”

So assuming Maryland is using the NCAA’s preferred methodology, Friedgen had himself a financially agreeable Tuesday.

—- Patrick Stevens