More than an employer-employee relationship went up in flames when former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen was dismissed from his job before the Terrapins' season-ending bowl game.
Friedgen, a Maryland alumnus, told a Baltimore radio station that he has burned his degree from the university, making it clear the hard feelings from the way his tenure ended have not subsided.
In the interview with Baltimore radio station WNST-AM, Friedgen was asked by host Glenn Clark if he still watches Maryland football.
"I could care less about Maryland, I've burned my diploma. I'm flying a Georgia Tech flag right now," Friedgen told the station. (Friedgen served two stints as an offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech.)
"That's hurtful. I don't want to hear that, Coach. I'm a Maryland alum," Clark said.
Friedgen replied, "Well, they talk about Maryland pride. They didn't show me a whole lot of Maryland pride, either getting the job or getting fired."
Friedgen went 74-50 in 10 seasons at Maryland. He was named ACC coach of the year in 2010 after the Terrapins rebounded from a 2-10 record in 2009 to go 9-4.
But Friedgen was bought out after the 2010 regular season and coached his last game with the Terps in in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, a 51-20 win over East Carolina. The university subsequently hired former Connecticut coach Randy Edsall.
In a news conference before the bowl game, it was apparent that Friedgen was still emotional about his dismissal. His voice began to crack when he described favorable articles written about him.
"For the most part, I've been holding in my emotions pretty good. You all know I'm emotional. It'll be tough," he said at the time.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.