Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:18 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
When he called Maryland his "dream job," the Terrapins fans had high hopes for the Randy Edsall era in College Park. But after an exhilarating season opening win against Miami, things have not gone as planned for the Terps.
Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien has struggled to find his rhythm in the new offense, and now finds himself in a quarterback battle with the run-first freshman C.J. Brown. The defense has lost several key players to injury, most notably preseason All-ACC linebacker/safety Kenny Tate - who is done for the season with an undisclosed injury.
With 13 players with eligibility from the 2010 squad no longer on the team, and multiple reports of possible transfers, some fans are wondering if the 2-6 start can be blamed on the new leadership. Some fans may be doubting Edsall, but CBSSports.com's Dave Carey reports that one of the school's top boosters, Kevin Plank, has issued a vote of confidence for the first-year coach.
"Randy Edsall's a competitor, a fighter, and somebody whose foxhole I would stand in any day of the week," Plank said in a radio appearance on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. "There are a lot of kids in-state that are looking at the University of Maryland."
Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour, is one of the brains behind the re-branding of the Maryland football program. Along with Edsall and athletic director Kevin Anderson, the program has been trying to emphasize the school's presence as the premiere destination for football players in the state of Maryland. That "Maryland Pride" that Edsall references frequently can be seen in many of the uniform combinations and promotional tools - like the uniform inspired by the Maryland state flag pictured right.
Anderson brought Edsall in to change the culture at Maryland, and the former Connecticut head coach quickly put new dress code and strict discipline requirements in action. There was initially some discontent in the locker room, but team leaders like senior running back Davin Meggett stood tall behind Edsall at the beginning of the season.
But as Maryland prepares to face Virginia on Saturday, the Terps are coming to terms with the likely possibility of missing the postseason for only the second time in six years. They have not won another conference game since that opener against Miami and their only other victory was against Towson.
It appears Edsall has the support of the program's leadership, but the players and fans will feel much better going into 2012 if Maryland can show some signs of turnaround in the final four games of the season.
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Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:45 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 2:49 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
When Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson announced that Ralph Friedgen would not be retained as the Terrapins' head football coach, he confirmed what many had already been saying about Anderson's thought process: that it was a "business decision" as much about reviving the flagging interest in the program and increasing attendance in College Park as wins and losses.
Which is why many were left scratching their heads when Anderson ultimately hired Randy Edsall, a big winner for UConn but hardly the sort of name who would cause the Terps' casual fans to sit up and take notice. And sure enough, it appears the marketing professionals in the Terp ticketing office aren't expecting Edsall's presence to be a boon in the sales department, at least not judging by this e-mail pitch passed along by the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg:
If you're ranking the biggest reasons offered by this promo to buy Terp season tickets this year, it would look something like this:
1. They're cheap
2. You can watch quarterback Danny O'Brien
3. They're cheap. You'll $ave!
4. There's seven games in the package, including appealing tilts with Clemson and Miami
5. Did we mention they're cheap? No interest!
Noticeably absent from that list, of course, is the man who's just been hired to become the face of the program. As Steinberg writes, he's not totally M.I.A. from the pitch:
The sender's name was "Randy Edsall," but his name appears nowhere in the actual ad itself. Yes, there is a photo of him below, promising a "Behind the Scenes" signing day video, but it's maybe a third the size of the Danny O'Brien image.If hiring Edsall was a "business decision," it seems like it might be one even Anderson's own athletic department isn't entirely on board with.
Posted on: January 2, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2011 6:46 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
[UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Maryland has officially announced the hiring of Randy Edsall tonight.]
After the unceremonious dismissal of Ralph Friedgen from the head coaching spot at Maryland , most people expected Mike Leach to be named the new head coach shortly thereafter. Leach was the only person named by Maryland AD Kevin Anderson at the press conference announcing Friedgen's departure, and he was the first person formally interviewed by Maryland earlier this week.
So, naturally, just hours after Connecticut 's 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, Huskies head coach Randy Edsall was reportedly tabbed to run the Terrapins.
The Washington Post reported today that according to several sources, Edsall was at Maryland interviewing for the head coaching spot with the search committee. CSN's Chick Hernandez confirmed the report and said that "barring major setback," Edsall would be hired. Minutes later, Joe Schad reported on Twitter that Maryland had in fact tabbed Edsall, and here we are. The hire has not been confirmed by Maryland, and according to the Baltimore Sun, one source at the school insists Leach is still a candidate, but an announcement is expected within 24 hours.
If Terps fans are disappointed by the prospect of Edsall coming aboard, it'd be hard to blame them; bringing Leach and the Air Raid offense to Maryland would have been a breath of fresh air for the program after it took the hit of losing coach-in-waiting James Franklin in December. But a breath of fresh air isn't the same thing as a quality, long-term hire, and that's apparently the direction Maryland wants to go with this hire. Edsall built Connecticut from a I-AA power to a FBS BCS competitor (albeit arguably the worst ever) in just a few years, and Maryland could use that type of institutional quantum leap forward -- or, as Anderson put it, "from 'good' to 'great'." Whether Edsall can deliver on that scale, of course, is something that necessarily remains to be seen.
And if Edsall is indeed confirmed as Maryland's next top man, we can't help but wonder... Mike Leach to UConn?
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Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
We're only two days removed from Ralph Friedgen's final game at Maryland, a 51-20 throttling of East Carolina in the Military Bowl, and it seems as though Maryland is on the verge of finding its next head coach. Mike Leach had been on campus both Wednesday and Thursday, looking around and interviewing with both athletic director Kevin Anderson and school president Wallace Loh.
While the Baltimore Sun say that no offer has been extended to Leach as of yet, according to the Washington Post the interviews "went well," and a report from College Football Talk says that an offer "could and should" be extended to Leach before the weekend is over, and he "appears to be the front runner" at the moment.
Which means that we may be only a few days away from everybody's favorite pirate returning to the sidelines.
Of course, Leach's name isn't the only one that has come up in connection with the Maryland job. While he may be considered the odds on favorite to land the gig at this point, names like Gus Malzahn, Kevin Sumlin and Randy Edsall (is there a coaching vacancy in which Edsall's name doesn't come up?) are also considered candidates for the job.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:30 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Poor Auburn fans. They thought they were out of the woods. Earlier this month offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was reportedly very close to accepting an offer to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt before ultimately deciding to accept a raise and contract extension to stay at Auburn. This caused Auburn fans to wipe the sweat off their brow, yell "War Eagle" and give each other high fives.
Start sweating again, Auburn fans.
Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez reports that Maryland's athletic director Kevin Anderson and part of his search committee have met with several candidates for the position of Maryland's Head Football Coach.
Hernandez reports that the committee has met with Mike Leach, who Anderson mentioned in his press conference announcing Ralph Friedgen's buy-out, June Jones, the current head coach of SMU, and Gus Malzhan, the offensive coordinator at Auburn. Both Jones and Malzhan are coaching their respective teams in upcoming bowl games.
Jones, who did interview with Maryland, has already turned down the chance to take the job. According to his agent Leigh Steinberg, Jones is just TOO GOOD OF A HUMAN BEING to leave SMU right now, even though they offered an apparent pay raise. Which means that Maryland's offer just wasn't enough.
Of course, to pry Malzahn away from Auburn, any offer Maryland makes will have to be considerable as well. After all, that extension Malzahn signed will pay him seven figures. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how GOOD OF A HUMAN BEING Malzahn is.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:45 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Here's an interesting twist to what's going on with the Maryland football team. On Friday it was made official that James Franklin, the school's head coach-in-waiting, was leaving to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt. Now, depending on how you want to interpret the words of Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, it's starting to sound like Ralph Friedgen could be on the way out at Maryland as well.
During a teleconference on Friday, Anderson was asked about Freidgen's future, to which he replied he'll "sit down and everybody will understand where we're going...with the program. At this point I'm not going to answer that question." Which, on it's own, isn't exactly the most encouraging answer you can hear from your boss if your Ralph Friedgen.
What makes it worse?
A month ago Anderson said that Friedgen would be back. Now he's suddenly changed his mind. To make things even more interesting, even though Friedgen hasn't been let go -- and at this point you almost have to think he will be -- people are already speculating on who his replacement will be. The popular pick seems to be the one and only Mike Leach.
Would Leach be interested in the gig? Of course he would be, he's come out and said he'd be interested in any job that was offered to him. I'd be interested in seeing it happen as well, because it could lead to some teenage mutant ninja pirates, and if there is anything in this world cooler than some kind of hybrid ninja pirate, then I sure as hell haven't thought of it yet.