One of the most amusing subtleties during the ACC Kickoff weekend was noting the placement of the N.C. State and Maryland tables during Sunday night's reception.
They were right next to each other.
That's as close to the society page as this blog will ever get, but it was a reminder that even though former Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow has gone to N.C. State, she still shapes much of how her old school's athletic department looks now.
Sure enough, Friedgen was asked the next day if he'd provided a scouting report on his old boss to N.C. State's Tom O'Brien.
"No comment," Friedgen said.
As his wife Gloria acknowledged while sitting across the table from him, that speaks volumes.
Of course, some of the tension between coach and athletic director can be explained away by a 2-10 record a season ago. Bosses paying relatively top dollar probably wanted better than a 35-38 mark over the last six seasons. And coaches, like anyone else, would prefer to be left to their own devices and spend as much money as they'd like rather than have their budgets cut. That didn't happen the last few years.
So the friction that existed of late is understandable.
Friedgen wouldn't go into specifics about what it was like working for Yow, but did offer praise (as he has before) for the overall job performance of his old boss.
"You'll have to see," Friedgen said. "I will say this and I've say it before. I feel very indebted to Debbie for hiring me and I think she did things at Maryland that are unprecedented. ... That's all I'm going to say about that."
And now the question can be retired --- until the week leading into the late November game between Maryland and N.C. State, of course.