Maryland punt returner Tony Logan and coach Ralph Friedgen crossed paths in the Gossett team house Saturday, Friedgen leaving his postgame press conference while Logan was entering to talk about the Terrapins' 21-16 victory.
Friedgen just finished talking about Logan, who had an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown but was also flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play for throwing the ball after reaching the end zone.
"When he was coming out of here, he said 'They're going to have some questions for you' and laughed and walked away," Logan said.
Sure enough, there were questions after Friedgen acknowledged he calmly discussed the situation with the junior, who had his second punt return for a score in as many weeks.
"I did go up and talk to him," Friedgen said. "Everybody was screaming at the kid and he was really pumped and he made a big play. I said 'Tony, great job, but you know, it was really kind of a selfish thing you did because now we're kicking off from the 15-yard line. I understand your enthusiasm, but we can't do that anymore.' I said it just about like that. He came up to me right near the game and said 'I'm sorry coach, you were right.'"
Logan raised his arm even before he made it into the end zone. Once there, he aimed at the wall of the team house and channeled his old days as a high school quarterback.
In a vacuum, it wasn't bad work; Logan clearly retains some of his accuracy on the run as a passer.
"I was trying to hit the Humanitarian Bowl sign," Logan said. "I think they said I hit it."
Indeed, said at least one amused teammate.
"I didn't get mad at what he did because I kind of feel him," tailback Da'Rel Scott said. "He was excited and didn't know what to do and he just did it. The defense took care of the penalty --- they held them and got a three-and-out. They did a heck of a job."
Deep down, even Friedgen couldn't be too upset. Logan sparked Maryland to its fourth victory in five games, giving it a lead it would never relinquish on a night the offense frequently sputtered.
"To be honest you, I wouldn't have cared if he knocked the building down," Friedgen said.