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Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

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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Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:51 am
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

ACC football is terrible in general.  Md is like the rest of the conference in that respect. 



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:09 am
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

 
The one thing you can't do is over discipline players, or the word gets out, and good players will not go there if they can't have fun and enjoy playing the game.

If the players don't want to live up to the team's standards let them be a problem somewhere else.  If they avoid Edsel's program because mama didn't teach them to be civilized, Maryland will be better off.


They can always go to Tennessee where eleven football players jump on one short fat little guy and a Knoxville city cop at a bar that pampers UT players and they get away with it and where players rob people in their car at gunpoint.  I'm sure they can have fun and enjoy playing the game at Tennessee.


      
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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:37 am
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

oupirate- do you go around hating everyone who changes a job or leaves a good situation for what may or may not be a better situation? I am not a Randy Edsall fan, but, something made him want to come to Maryland.

that being said, 2-6 is not the start people were looking at. I am not a terps fan, but Ralph did a lot more with less.




Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:41 am
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

Edsall deserves everything he gets, just like the Cincy coach who ran away from a good team to make more money. I hope he loses every game this season and gets fired. The one thing you can't do is over discipline players, or the word gets out, and good players will not go there if they can't have fun and enjoy playing the game.



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:15 am
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

This is why i call The ACC, The Atlantic Choke Conference Edsall had a pretty good job at U-Conn,where they loved Him.He made sideways move at Best.Look at Boston College last Night.Thats is THE Worest BC Team i have ever seen,becuase Fla.State is a average Team too.Then the ACC takes Pitt,and The Cuse.They are slowly becoming THE WOREST BCS Conference in The Land.Love it THE Atlantic Choke Conference.ESPN has caused all this mess,and it blowing up in there Face.Maryland should of Kept Ralph,or Hired Mike Leach,but ESPN put a stop to that too.Pretty soon before you go THE Bathroom,you have to check with ESPN,ha,ha

All I can say is WOW.  Do you even understand the concept of basic grammer?  That entire paragraph is almost as big an eye sore as the UMD uniforms. 


"one of the school's top boosters, Kevin Plank, has issued a vote of confidence for the first-year coach."

Of course Plank has given him a vote of confidence.  He's got too much money tied up in those uniforms not to.  But even if he didn't have all that money put into them, do you really think Plank (the man personally giving UMD uniforms) is dumb enough to publicly throw Randy Edsall under the bus and say he doesn't support him anymore?




Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

They players can't concentrate because of the shame of those GAWD-AWFUL uniforms. Thank goodness there are schools with tradition and pride, that know they don't have to resort to gimmicky uniforms to get someone to pay attention to them.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

I think eeryone appreciates good looking uniforms. Some teams with a lot of tradition where the same unis proudly. What Maryland has done is sad and laughable. How anyone could look at these rags and say they look good is beyond me. I heard that they are not for old fogies like me that they are for the kids today. Mission accomplished.



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

Terps play like their uniforms...no sense of tradition or discipline..don't buy the crap of Maryland kids wanting to go there..they have signed one 4 star rated player for next year..all others were rated 2 or 3 stars..you wonder why Towson kicked their but up and down the field for 3 qtrs.. Plank is an outstanding supporter of his college and highschool.but he wanted Leach not Edsall.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

This is why i call The ACC, The Atlantic Choke Conference Edsall had a pretty good job at U-Conn,where they loved Him.He made sideways move at Best.Look at Boston College last Night.Thats is THE Worest BC Team i have ever seen,becuase Fla.State is a average Team too.Then the ACC takes Pitt,and The Cuse.They are slowly becoming THE WOREST BCS Conference in The Land.Love it THE Atlantic Choke Conference.ESPN has caused all this mess,and it blowing up in there Face.Maryland should of Kept Ralph,or Hired Mike Leach,but ESPN put a stop to that too.Pretty soon before you go THE Bathroom,you have to check with ESPN,ha,ha


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