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Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 10:56 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

After 2010's Maryland squad put together one of the biggest win-turnarounds in program history, the 2011 edition is dangerously close to making history in the opposite direction. The Terrapins closed out their home schedule with a 31-17 loss to Virginia on Saturday, a frustrating loss played before an announced attendance of 37,401.

With thirteen scholarship players no longer a part of the program, and the significant drop off from last year's 9-4 season, there is plenty of reason for concern within the Maryland fan base. First-year head coach Randy Edsall was brought in to change the culture of Maryland football, but the transition has been much rockier than many imagined. Edsall addressed some of those concerns on Sunday, offering a reminder that this is not his first time struggling with a coaching changeover.

"I've been through this before," Edsall said in a teleconference on Sunday. "I know how to handle it. I know what to do. There is no panic. It was like this the first year when we put the team together in Jacksonville. ... It's Connecticutall over again, 13 years ago. Jacksonville Jaguars all over again. It's going to Boston College when we were there. I've been through all of this. This isn't earth-shattering. It doesn't have me discouraged. I have a vision of what we're going to do and I know we're doing things the right way."

Athletic director Kevin Anderson brought Edsall in with hopes of a focus on getting things done "the right way." There have been reports of players not agreeing with some of the dress code and discipline policies instituted by the new head coach, and the inconsistent on-field performances do not offer much evidence that this team is unified behind the scenes.

The Terps have been forced to deal with several injuries to key players and changes in both the offensive and defensive scheme, but even with those set backs few people believed they would see Maryland tied for last place in the ACC in November.

Things won't get any easier down the stretch, either. The Terps face Notre Dame at FedEx Field on Saturday before finishing the season on the road against Wake Forest and NC State. Edsall could really use at least one more win to avoid finishing with a 2-10 record: identical to that dreadful 2009 Maryland season.

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Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:34 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

This was supposed to be a reply to the Friedgen comment below.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:34 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

He was arrogant, and the heaviest coach in America.  His best years were with Vanderlinden's kids.  When he went 2-9 he was walking on a high wire.  No decent program can go 2-9, especially in the ACC (because, unlike this year, 2010 was a weak schedule).

GW didn't get along with DY.  But, evidently, RF didn't get along with RF.

Maryland will be back in the national limelight.  Probably with bball first, because Turgeon has put together a quality recruiting staff.

All Maryland has to do with football is to keep the in-state players home.  Whether Edsall can do that......we'll see.  Personally, I don't think his staff is as strong as it should be.  But......again.......I think stock in Penn State dropped big time.  How can a person root for that team now without being terribly embarrassed's just sick.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:27 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

Yes, the ACC DOES have football.  Just ask Clemson, GaTech, VPI and FSU, in that order.  But seriously, the ACC is not the SEC or the Big Ten, they have higher academic standards.......just ask WVU.

Edsall won't be fired this year.  But he does remind me a little bit like Dufner.  Perhaps a little better, I sure hope, but much the same.  I sure hope we don't start running the "Black Thunder" offense again.  Ugh.  Talk about a Red Zone disaster.

The guy, win or lose, gets a few years to make his case.  Al Golden might be in over his head too.  The good news.......Maryland is NOT Penn State.  NO WAY I'd want my son playing for that team now.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:58 am

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

Edsell was not that great of a coach at UConn.  I have no idea why Maryland dumped the Firdge, but they are now getting what they paid for.  Maryland has won one game since defeating a suspended laiden Miami team to open the season, and that was against FCS Towson.  They stand an excellent chance to end the season with 10 losses.  Sure Maryland lost a lot of Seniors, but they still played a lot of Juniors who started last season on both sides of the ball.  You do not go from a 9 win season, including a bowl game win, to a potential 2-10 season overnight without something not being terribly wrong.  If this is Maryland's idea of increasing attendance, good luck.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:47 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

UConn grad here.  Randy did a fine job for UConn and he will for Maryland, too, if given a couple seasons.  If he hadn't slithered out of the UConn job then we would have wished him well.  As it is, peace, bro, but I don't cry when Maryland loses.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

Well done!

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:44 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

Do you think they will fire Randy this year? Ralph is in the Back somewhere laughing.This is worse than Rich going to Michigan.Thought i would ever say that.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:14 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

The next Maryland Coach will get to say" how can I win with what Edsall left me"..sell the uniforms and give the money to the Women's Lacrosse or Field Hockey Team...

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:14 pm
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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:01 pm

Randy Edsall reminds Maryland fans of his history

The ACC has football? When did this happen?

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