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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ralph Friedgen: The Biggest Loser

Since last October, Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen has trimmed down from 401 pounds to 315 pounds (read here). Pretty impressive when you consider his doctors told him that he wouldn't be able to exercise until he lost 50. "People couldn't tell I lost a pound," Friedgen said. "It was like throwing a chair off the deck of the Titanic."

Good for Ralph. If you expect your players and coaches to buy into your conditioning and practicing regimens, then you should hold yourself somewhat accountable as well. Friedgen's goal is to eventually lose 150 lbs., which would put him at a much leaner 250 lbs. I'm certainly not here to tell anyone how to live their life, but the question that needs to be asked now is when will Mark Mangino follow Friedgen's lead and start taking his health seriously and lose weight not only for himself, but for everyone else involved with the Kansas football program?