No one will blame Randy Edsall for being excited about Maryland's move to the Big Ten. The switch promises to be a substantial financial boost, create a meaningful rivalry with nearby Penn State (and boost Maryland's recruiting efforts in the area), and give Edsall's dormant-ish program a needed wide-scope shot in the arm.
But if Edsall's excitement can be easily excused, somehow we doubt his former peers in the ACC will be as forgiving when it comes to a recent Edsall jab in the direction of the Terps' longtime conference home.
"As a football coach, I feel better," Edsall told a group of fans at a July 10 lunch event held by PressBox Baltimore. "I'm going to a football conference. I'm not in a basketball conference anymore."
To which Jimbo Fisher, Dabe Swinney and the rest of the ACC's current football coaches -- who, it has to be pointed out, didn't exactly lack for success against Edsall -- likely responded: O RLY?
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In Edsall's defense, the remarks were clearly welcomed by the Terps fans in attendance, the ACC does have a better national reputation in hoops than football, and the Big Ten likewise has been the stronger conference from a football perspective, traditionally speaking. It's not the worst bone we've ever heard thrown to a crowd who Edsall could still stand to win over.
Still, listen, no one tell him about last year's Orange Bowl, all right?