Randy Edsall responds to Franklin's Maryland recruiting comments
Randy Edsall had some pointed comments in response to James Franklin's declaration that Maryland will be 'in-state' for Penn State's recruiting.
Randy Edsall responded Monday to recent comments made by James Franklin, when the new Penn State coach said the Nittany Lions would consider Maryland an "in-state" recruiting area. The Terrapins coach's remarks weren't quite what you'd call "inflammatory" ... but that's not to say Edsall didn't have something to say.
"We're not gonna boast and brag. We're more about substance at Maryland," Edsall told the York Dispatch before a charity golf tournament. "We're gonna find guys that fit the profile we're looking for. We're gonna worry about ourselves and not worry about anything else. Talk is cheap."
Edsall also said he wouldn't concern himself with "what anybody else says."
Despite that, there's little doubt that in the Terps' brave new Big Ten world, Edsall can't afford to let the Nittany Lions have the pick of Maryland's in-state crop. The two programs now share a division in the 14-team Big Ten, reviving an on-again, off-again regional rivalry.
But as Edsall himself pointed out, it hasn't been much of a rivalry to this point; The Terps are a remarkable 1-35-1 against Penn State all time.
"Being a border rival is something, to me, that will be exciting for both schools," Edsall said.
Given Franklin's ability to rile up Vanderbilt's SEC rivals in ways the Commodores hadn't riled them up in generations, we don't doubt it. And however not inflammatory Edsall's comments were, they had an edge that suggests he's already not super-thrilled with Franklin. So we agree: This could be exciting for both schools.
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