- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2008


Maryland upsets Clemson: With a victory next week against The Team That Lost to Duke, Maryland should find itself back in the Top 25 for the first time in a few seasons. Meanwhile, Virgina’s loss to Duke — the Blue Devils’ first ACC win since 2004 — means Al Groh’s hot seat just became an inferno. When Maryland fans criticize Ralph Friedgen, keep in mind he has beaten the hapless Blue Devils by double digits in every meeting.

With Sunday’s loss to the Phillies, the Nationals finished with baseball’s worst record, ensuring them a shot at the consensus No. 1 pick in the amateur draft, Stephen Strasburg. But as the Aaron Crow debacle showed, getting Strasburg under contract will be another matter altogether. If the Lerners want to restore their badly damaged credibility, signing the No. 1 pick is a good place to start.


1. Al Groh — Losing to Duke football vaults you to the top of any conference’s list. At least Groh will have his warm personality to fall back on.

2. Tommy Bowden — Does any coach in America do less with more talent? All that dies in Death Valley are Clemson’s high expectations every fall.

3. Tom O’Brien — N.C. State might have better resources than Boston College, but the Wolfpack have struggled under O’Brien.

4. Bobby Bowden — Hard to believe one of college football winningest coaches would wind up on this list, but have you seen the Seminoles lately?

5. Jeff Jagodzinski — With Matt Ryan, he was 11-3. Without, he’s 2-1. It’s too early to determine whether his first season was a fluke.


“We just got whipped. There’s no excuses, and don’t expect any from me.” — Georgia coach Mark Richt

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