The Washington Times - February 6, 2009, 05:06PM

Ralph Friedgen had a couple gems during this afternoon’s press conference. But the best involved a recruiting story from the last week involving a high school coach.

The coach cautiously approached Friedgen with a question, mentioning he’d heard the Maryland coach was going to retire.


“I said ‘Who said that?’ and he said ‘One of your competitors,’” Friedgen recalled. “Well, Penn State was recruiting him and so was Boston College. I said, ‘Well, [Frank] Spaziani is 64 and [Joe] Paterno‘s pushing 90. You’re worried about me retiring?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’”

Still, Friedgen is on the other side of 60 (he’ll turn 62 in April), and it is a valid issue.

“I think it is getting to that point where people are going to question how long I’m going to be coaching. It does come up. I think this is a thing so that continuity can continue. Whether it’s three years or five years, we’ll have a guy in place to take over. I think that’s going to help the stability of this program.”

—- Patrick Stevens