Blog Entry

Breaking down Maryland's hire

Posted on: January 2, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 12:52 pm

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson needed a coach to sell tickets, create buzz. Connecticut's Randy Edsall does neither.

Anderson needed an accomplished head coach to get the Terps in consistent ACC contention. Judge for yourself: Anderson just fired a guy (Ralph Friedgen) who was 75-50 and won at least nine games in five of his 10 seasons. He replaced him with a guy who was 74-70 in his last job and won nine games once in his 12 seasons.

Anderson needed to turn around Maryland football. We'll see. Edsall obviously is well respected. His name has come up for just about every opening east of the Rockies. But he is not Mike Leach or Gus Malzahn. For whatever reason, Maryland wasn't able to get either of those sexier names. It most likely cooled on the controversial Leach who was reportedly touring the campus the same day last week as Maryland's bowl game. Malzahn probably poked around the edges but still knows he can get something better in the future.

The biggest difference is age. Friedgen is 63, not old by any means for a head coach. Edsall is 52. Maryland will have to fill seats the old fashioned way, by winning. But even that didn't work this season.

Right now this is on Maryland and Anderson. Better candidates got away.

Category: NCAAF

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:41 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

An interesting choice to be sure, but 1) FRIDGE was not liked....hated may work better here, by the student body and many alum.....also, as someone else notes., he was a TERRIBLE recruiter (did you ever listend to this man speak?!?); once their OC left for Vandy job, it was over. Thanks Fridge, but it was time...2) agree that it will be tough for anyone to do much better. Clearly UMD assumed Leach (more exciting by far) would have used opportunity as 2 -3 year stepping stone.....Edsal was the solid, long-term choice......we'LL see what happens.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:23 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

Agree with blog completely.  However Terps have major problem.  Notice they don't get front page in Washington or Baltimore newspapers.  Ravens, Orioles, Redskins, Caps and even Wizards are on first.  Terps basketball as good as it is doesnt even get on tv sometimes.

Williams has had to do with less than great recruits and has molded them.  Terps, no matter who they had could not compete with PSU or VT for local talent in football.  Again, these kids dnt get the recognition.

Friedgen has looked terrible in playcalling last 2 years.  Actually guy who has been somewhat successful in recruiting was Franklin.  He should have been offered job beginning of this year.  No queston.  Please note oly 2 guys came in for interviewss nationally.  One an abuser and one no identity.

Oh well with talent Fridge and Franklin left with any decent coaching they are in top 10.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:30 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

Edsall couldn't even sell out UConn's 40,000 seat stadium.

As a UConn season ticket holder....we were getting sick of Edsall anyway. Most of the state wanted him gone in October anyway. Have fun with going 8-5 forever Maryland.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2011 7:30 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire should update the college football standings after each bowl game's final score.

Since: Aug 21, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:45 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

As people in Connecticut try to pick up the pieces after Randy Edsall's sudden departure, I’d like to suggest that UConn goes after former Miami coach Randy Shannon, who was let go by the Hurricanes earlier this season.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:17 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

I think Randy Edsell is an excellent coach.  Connecticuit isn't exactly a hot bed for high school football talent.  And it's a school dominated by basketball (women's as much as men).  Simply getting this team from Div. 1AA to mediocrity would have been an impossible task.  I think he's done a little better than that.  Plus throw in the Jasper Howard tragedy and this guy is a miracle worker.  I think Maryland should have kept the Fridge.  His Orange Bowl run back in 2001 spoiled the fan base.  But before Friedgen this team won 6 bowl games.  They won 5 over the last 10 years.  I think they did well hiring Edsall but let's not forget how good of a job Friedgen did. 

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:25 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

Dodd, this article just proves your a moron. Randy Edsall took a Connecticut program from Division 1-AA to Big East champions and a BCS bowl in nine years. He also managed to rally his team together after the death of Jasper Howard and go on the road and beat Notre Dame in Notre Dame Stadium a year ago. They went on to beat South Carolina in their bowl game. He had a winning record in six of his eleven years. UCONN won the Big East twice and he was named coach of the year this past year. Edsall runs a clean program that handles itself with class and integrity(something you don't have) on and off the field. Leach, well his off field actions speak for itself.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2011 1:05 pm

Breaking down Maryland's hire

I'd like to know what coach could have made UConn a better program than what Edsall has done?  I can't think of any big name coach, really, that could have done any better with UConn's small name college football program.  Now with a bigger name program (but not really that much bigger) Esdall is being dissed for not being a bigger name.  My head is spinning.  Better candidates DIDN'T get away, rather the long term prospect of Maryland consistently being an ACC title contender just got better.  Edsall has proven he can win consistently with less talent, and now he is being given an opportunity to win consistently with more talent.  He'll be fine.  Count on it Maryland fans. 

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:38 am

Breaking down Maryland's hire

AS a Hokie fan living in NJ I have seen a good amount of both Big East and ACC  football and I think that Edsall may be better than some of you think.
   He took UConn from a D2 program and made them into a pretty good D1 program....true the Big East is no powerhouse but he managed to recruit some NFL level talent ( 9 current players ) with a few more maybe on the way....( from what I found on the net Maryland had 27 players on opening day NFL rosters) and it cant be easy to get kids to come to UConn.....with the better recruiting base and tradition of Maryland plus the pull of being in the ACC , I think that he will prove to be a good hire. 
   I know that some will say the ACC is much tougher and all that but a good coach is a good coach no matter what school he is at and like I said with the tradition of Maryland and the ACC to help him recruit I think he will do just fine. 

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:46 am

Breaking down Maryland's hire

"Right now this is on Maryland thing and Anderson. "     Huh???  Edit much?  I read this and it made me think of the Saturday Night Live skit with Tarzan, Tonto, and Frankenstein grunting Christmas songs.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or