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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/21/2010

When Ralph Friedgen had a drink with Gary Williams

Since this seems to be the season to write long, emotional blog posts about departing sports figures, let me direct you to Kevin Van Valkenburg's top-notch farewell to Ralph Friedgen for the Baltimore Sun. It's really, really great.

I'll skip the greatest parts -- which provide insight into Friedgen's character and personality -- and instead focus on something more trivial, because it makes for a great borrowed blog post. It comes from a road trip the writer took with the coach five or six years ago, which included a shared drink at a bar.

He told me another story about a time he felt basketball coach Gary Williams tried to embarrass him in a talk he gave in front of some prominent boosters. One of Friedgen's graduate assistants had recently been arrested for DWI, and Friedgen, even though he liked the coach, decided he had no choice but to fire him. When Williams made it a point to mention to boosters than none of his staff had been in trouble, Friedgen read it as a direct shot at him. Later, Friedgen said he and Williams had a drink together, and the football coach leaned in and told the basketball coach if he ever did something like that again, they'd have to go out back and settle it like men. Williams simply nodded. As far as I know, they got along fine after that.

That is definitely the opening scene if anyone ever pens a screenplay of the Debbie Yow Era

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