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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Merriman: Edsall hiring "a step in the right direction"

By Dan Steinberg

Merriman chases down Matt Schaub. (2003 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP)


We've already heard at least one NFL player -- Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes -- express extreme displeasure over the way Ralph Friedgen was let go from Maryland.

"You can put it on the record: I think it's complete [expletive]," Barnes told reporters last month. "I don't know this new AD, but to to treat an alumni like Coach Friedgen like that, who turned that program around, is completely terrible."

Well, Shawne Merriman is back in town to do his annual coat drive fundraiser, and in the course of his various media appearances, he's been asked the Friedgen question, too. And Merriman -- a P.G. County native who was first recruited by Ron Vanderlinden but who signed with the Terps under Friedgen -- has taken a much different approach.

"I think Friedgen's a great coach, I don't think anyone's gonna try to take that away from him," Merriman told LaVar and Dukes on Tuesday. "He's a great coach, and what he did coming to Maryland was probably the most that any coach has ever done in [school] history to turn that thing around. But the part that's been a problem for guys like myself, guys who went there and are now ex-Terps, has just been his commitment of getting guys to stay here in the area.

"Whenever you have all this talent here in the metropolitan area, you have to keep guys here, and he hasn't done a great job of that. And I think it's probably a step in the right direction for the University of Maryland, because we need to get back to dominance....There's too much talent in this area to let it end up going to Texas and Florida and all these other schools, and one of the things that's gonna be huge for the new coach coming in is to get guys to do that....

"[Players] go here because they can relate to the coach, they go here because they can relate to the players and relate to the area, and you have to do a good job of that to keep guys here. And if you can't do that, then you're just not gonna be successful. Because there's too many guys here in this area, too much talent to let them go to these other big name schools."

Merriman said he had talked to Anderson for "a while" about the coaching situation, and that a lot of ex-players "are probably going to be supportive of his decision, if it works out." He repeated that he believes Anderson has "made a step in the right direction," while also acknowledgeing that Anderson has stuck his own neck out, and that players would see the move as a bad decision if Randy Edsall doesn't win.

But, again and again, he said the key step in "being a dominant and a big-time program" was keeping area talent in College Park.

"You can't sell guys a dream; guys have to believe what you tell them and be committed to them," he said. "The school has been great enough in the past. The school is a huge university, it's a great university, a whole bunch of great student-athletes there. But you have to have the ability to keep guys in the area....Maryland, D.C. and Virginia has the best athletes, has the best talent coming out. We just have to keep guys here."

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 12:21 PM ET
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Same ole bs we hear all the time from the recruiting geeks. For the life of me I have never understood why people care where the recruits come from. I suppose we should have passed on Danny O'Brien since he didn't play ball in high school in the Maryland area. And Gary Williams should have passed on Jordan Williams since he's from Connecticut.

Honestly, for all the needless complaining by the recruiting geeks, UMD actually gets mostly Maryland area players. Mostly. But Friedgen still got top players in the state of Georgia, where he worked for a number of years.

We're not supposed to recruit first team ALL ACC performers like Stephon Heyer or CJ Brooks, because they're from Georgia and not MD?

We're not supposed to recruit stud ALL ACC players like Alex Wujciak, D'Qwell Jackson...guys like Andrew Crummey, Phil Costa, or Dre Moore, or Adam Podlesh...because they didn't play high school ball in the state of Maryland? Please.

We shouldn't recruit Vernon Davis, because he played in DC and not MD? Or Torrey Smith because he played in Southern VA? Nope, gotta stick to Maryland players...having guys like Torrey Smith have clearly hurt the program, right recruiting geeks?

When will people recognize that MD has averaged the top 26 recruiting classes in the country in the Fridge era--which is pretty damn good considering where recruiting was before he got here.

Just answer me this: if Friedgen and his staff were such bad recruiters over the years, why did he put more players in the NFL than any other ACC team during his tenure (excluding Miami, who didn't join the ACC til 2004).

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Barno is right. Also, college park is a sh*tty college town. Folks that goto high school around here know that. They rather go south or somewhere warm where the town embraces the college team. College park can't compete with blacksburg or morgantown or happy valley. The town of college park is ugly, ghetto, and they have the footloose police patrolling the tailgating. They have 2 bars for a billion students.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | January 5, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

^ Doesn't help that they only call it a "livable community." I mean so is North Korea, but even they don't advertise it like that.

The 2 bars for like 40K students doesn't help either.

Posted by: mkbf26 | January 5, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

He never said that UMD should recruit ONLY in Maryland; he said that UMD needs to be able to keep the top players in the metropolitan area here rather than losing them to schools throughout the country.

I don't see how you can disagree with that point.

UMD basketball has the same problem. ESPN the Magazine did a piece about how PG County is the "hoops hotbed of the US". Funny how very few of those top-tier local guys end up at UMD.

Bottom line is if you are in the middle of all this talent, football or basketball, how can both teams be defined by mediocrity.

Posted by: baseball4422 | January 5, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

baseball4422,

First of all, calling MD basketball "defined by mediocrity" shows just how ignorant you are. ESPN ranks MD in the top 10 bball programs of the past decade. Wonder why? Multiple final fours, multiple ACC championships, ACC tourney title, 14 NCAA tourneys in the last 17 years. Oh, and a National Championship. Last year MD had the Cousy Award winner, the ACC player of the Year, the National 3 point champion, and we won the ACC title (shared it with Duke) and were, for the second straight season, the last team to beat the National Champ. Yep, sounds like a program defined by mediocrity to me.

As for "very few top local guys" come to play bball at MD, well, I guess that depends on how you define top tier and local:

-Sean Mosley was the Baltimore Player of the Year last year and Gatorade Player of the state of Maryland. Is Baltimore no longer in Maryland??

-Andrian Bowie was an All Met out of Montrose Christian.

-Braxton Dupree was a standout in Baltimore

-Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes were both All Mets.

-Gus Gilchrist was an All Met.

-Dave Neal, hard as it may be to believe, was an All Met.

-James Gist was a great high school player at Good Counsel and 2-time All ACC pick who wound up drafted by the Spurs.

-John Gilchrist was one of the best PGs ever to come out of the state of Virginia and became an All ACC point guard and ACC tournament MVP in 2004.

-Travis Garrison was a McDonalds All American coming out of Dematha.

-Chris McCray was a 2-time All Met.

-Steve Francis, who went to Montgomery Blair, was one of the best players in the country.

-Terrence Morris won a state title in Maryland and was a stud coming out of Frederick, MD

-Juan Dixon wasn't highly touted but coming out of Baltimore, he became 3-time All ACC player and first team All American.

-Laron Profit was a big time player coming out of Delaware. MD was the closest major conference school to where he played high school (for those that don't consider DE local)

-Keith Booth was a top flight recruit out of Baltimore who became an All American at Maryland.

-Joe Smith was not considered a top flight player out of Norfolk, VA but was good enough to win the Naismith National Player of the Year award and become the first player picked in the NBA draft.

-Johnny Rhodes, starting guard on 4 NCAA tournament teams, came from Dunbar.

-Duane Simpkins, was an All Met from Dematha, started 4 years for MD on 4 teams that went to the NCAA tournament.

-Exree Hipp was from DC, started all 4 years on 4 teams that went to the NCAA tournament

But yeah, Gary never gets guys from the Washington area. Never.

Now let's look at the All Americans that the recruiting geeks so badly covet:

Mike Jones: Bust
Danny Miller: Bust
Travis Garrison: Bust
Ikene Ibekwe: Bust

Instead of telling championship coaches like Fridge and Gary who they should recruit, perhaps they've earned the benefit of the doubt with the dozens upon dozens of players they've had that became pros?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I honestly think UMD football is kidding itself to think it is a national contender. Maybe an ACC contender, but that's it. And there is nothing wrong with that, you just have to face the reality of it.

Posted by: rjhartman74 | January 5, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Mosley was the player of the year in 2007/08 in Bmore.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Same ole bs we hear all the time from the recruiting geeks. For the life of me I have never understood why people care where the recruits come from. I suppose we should have passed on Danny O'Brien since he didn't play ball in high school in the Maryland area. And Gary Williams should have passed on Jordan Williams since he's from Connecticut.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 1:46 PM

What on God's green earth are you mumbling about?? Merriman is not talking about ignoring guys like Danny O'Brien (3 star recruit from NC) or DJ Adams (4 star recruit from GA) - he's talking about landing the 4 and 5 star recruits from MD, DC and VA. Yes, we get some like Vernon Davis and Kenny Tate. But Maryland loses so many more (Jelani Jenkins, Joe Haden, on and on). Finding diamonds in the rough like O'Brien and excellent recruits like Adams from other states does not have to be mutually exclusive from getting the cream of the local crop.

Just look at this list of the top 20 Maryland HS recruits for the 2010 signing period...

http://rivals.yahoo.com/maryland/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2446;_ylt=Al3GU6RI.PdilulbLLQO.br_sZB4

Two ended up at Maryland. The top wide receiver in the state went to frickin' Rutgers over us.

Now look at the list for Pennsylvania

http://rivals.yahoo.com/maryland/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2469;_ylt=Aj2ImtJdE5nbFeqSgwU90N__sZB4

Heck, even look at New Jersey

http://rivals.yahoo.com/maryland/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2470;_ylt=AvC0Q3OkLInujzF2tDpflYr_sZB4

Next you'll tell us how it was good that Gary didn't land Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson and Austin Freeman.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 5, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Next you'll tell us how it was good that Gary didn't land Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson and Austin Freeman.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 5, 2011 2:58 PM
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Yea or Melo, Beasley, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green and so on!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | January 5, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

My man Barno,

I was just about to drop the Travis Garrison bomb myself.

He's talkin' about not being able to sell recruits on a dream. A lot of the high profile recruits have a dream of leaving the state for schools that have more tradition. It's the same problem Greg Schiano is having at Rutgers. You have disgruntled fans out there who see guys Brian Cushing and Malcolm Jenkins leave to go to USC and OSU and are calling for his job because he hasn't been able to keep them instate. It's a time for you to explore and get away. And if you have a scholarship offer to a place you've dreamed of going other than your state school, chances are you take it. Yes, I know the success of a program has plenty to do with creating an atmosphere in which these athletes want to commit 3-5 years of their lives to, but it can only do so much.

Friedgen spoiled the fan-base with the team's early success. And maybe his early success gave him a false idea with the state of his program. But to say that this is a step in the right direction just because it brings fresh blood, in my opinion, isn't well thought out. It's not like Coach Friedgen wasn't trying to keep the talent instate. I mean, I'm not on the inside of the program or anything, but I'm pretty sure he always placed an emphasis on recruiting local athletes. It's a lot of the reason Coach Franklin was brought back. You can't just ignore the other states in your pipeline. UMD isn't OSU or USC who can recruit nationally without a problem.

And while I respect him for reppin' the DMV, c'mon man. Florida and Texas are the most talent rich states in terms of football athletes. California, too.

Posted by: Moosie1022 | January 5, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barno1, I agree with you on some things but Lights Out is 100% right on this! How will you ever be able to recruit 5 star talent when the hometown 5 stars dont even go there? If your able to keep the best players in the state in state you will be able to recruit top talent elsewhere! Its like real estate value! Your not gonna move to a place were everybody around there is moving away. Ur gonna think thats a garbage place to live cuz nobody wants to live there.

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | January 5, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Kev29,

Normally you have some pretty insightful commentary but you must be kidding with that previous post. I thought you knew what you were talking about most of the time on Terps Insider but claiming Gary "didn't land Kevin Durant" etc...who are you trying to kid? Even most casual MD fans know that Gary never recruits the "one and done" players and never will. So don't even try to pull that weak crap on here. Post that on Terps Insider and you'll get eaten alive with that nonsense.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

And while I respect him for reppin' the DMV, c'mon man. Florida and Texas are the most talent rich states in terms of football athletes. California, too.

Posted by: Moosie1022 | January 5, 2011 3:12 PM

I don't disagree, but did you know that the District of Columbia has more players (per capita) in the NFL than any state? Yes, I know the District is not a state.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 5, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So some of you are of the opinion that upping Maryland's talent level will not be helpful?

Just making sure I have that right.

Posted by: rickroll | January 5, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Gary "didn't land Kevin Durant" etc...who are you trying to kid? Even most casual MD fans know that Gary never recruits the "one and done" players and never will. So don't even try to pull that weak crap on here. Post that on Terps Insider and you'll get eaten alive with that nonsense.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 3:17 PM

Go ahead and nitpick - one and done or otherwise, Gary has not successfully recruited the top player in the state of Maryland for years. And not trying for Durant is worse than swinging and missing - then getting his HS buddy Greivas and winning 3 tournament games in 4 years.

However you want to play it, the University of Maryland has recruiting problems in both revenue sports (amazing how they get world class soccer players though). I am a big Gary Williams fan - he is a fantastic coach - and the wider issues at the university are more of a problem than coach related recruiting. Same with Fridge. But to deny that Maryland has become a second rate destination for recruits is just wrongheaded. But what can be done to improve things? That's what I'd like to hear from you. I think it all starts with College Park as a whole - just not a desirable college atmosphere for a 17 year old who can go anywhere he wants.

Gary all but admitted he needed changes in the recruiting process by bringing in Bino Ranson from Xavier (he of the big time Baltimore AAU ties). And what do you know... Bino lands the top player in the state for 2011! (Faust)

Posted by: Kev29 | January 5, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Since 03-04, Maryland's ACC records have been 7-9, 7-9, 7-9, 8-8, 10-6, 8-8, 7-9, 13-3 (last year). Pretty mediocre.

Good teams don't lose games to teams like William & Mary, Ohio, Morgan State, and American.

Good teams don't make it to only one sweet 16 and the second round in the NCAAs 4 times in 8 years. Good teams don't go to the NIT three times in the six years following a national championship.

Mediocrity.

I've been a Maryland fan my whole life and went to the school. I was there when we went to back to back final fours and won a national championship so believe me I didn't forget.

Friedgen won 1 ACC championship (his first year) with Maryland in 2001. He didn't bring Bruce Perry, Madieu Williams, EJ Henderson, Curome Cox, Shaun Hill, etc. here. They were Vanderlinden's players. That ACC championship got us an Orange Bowl birth - and we got blown out by Florida. He's a fine coach, and I respect the fact that he is a coach that actually cares about his players.

After his first three years (with a mix of his and Vanderlinden's players) I had high hopes, but .500 since (44-44). That doesn't cut it in college football. I don't want to see Maryland in the Emerald, Humanitarian, and Military Bowls, do you? Something had to change, and he is the head coach so ultimately it's on him.

Posted by: baseball4422 | January 5, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Go ahead and nitpick - one and done or otherwise, Gary has not successfully recruited the top player in the state of Maryland for years. And not trying for Durant is worse than swinging and missing - then getting his HS buddy Greivas and winning 3 tournament games in 4 years."

First of all, please learn how to spell Greivis's name if you're trying to convince people you are some kind of big Maryland follower.

Second of all, claiming "Gary has not successfully recruited the top player in the state of Maryland for years" is pretty funny considering we just signed Nick Faust this year (top player in MD) and Sean Mosley (top player in MD) a couple years ago.

Third of all, what part of "Gary doesn't recruit the one and done players" don't you understand? I think I'll trust his recruiting judgment over yours, since he won a national championship and has made 14 out of the last 17 ncaa tourneys recruiting with HIS kind of players, not McDonalds All Americans that the recruiting geeks covet.

Lastly, I leave you with this quote from Gary Williams: "Our recruits are good enough to go to the NCAA tournament," he said. "There's a lot of schools that supposedly got great recruits, but they're not in the NCAA tournament. So that's the bottom line. See, this recruiting thing has really changed, I'd say in the last 10 years, where there's a lot of geeks out there that only care about who you recruit. They could care less about how you do during the season or whatever--if you don't get the kid they think you should get, then you're not recruiting well. Well, we recruited well enough to go to the NCAA tournament this year."

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Since 03-04, Maryland's ACC records have been 7-9, 7-9, 7-9, 8-8, 10-6, 8-8, 7-9, 13-3 (last year). Pretty mediocre."

Actually, if you're only going to focus on ACC records and you're only going to focus on our records SINCE our final fours and national championship, then chew on this: MD has the 3rd highest ACC win-loss record in the conference since the national championship, behind only Duke and North Carolina. So even in years following our best stretch in school history, MD is still in the upper echelon of the ACC--not mediocre--despite what the dimwits will have you believe.

"Friedgen won 1 ACC championship (his first year) with Maryland in 2001. He didn't bring Bruce Perry, Madieu Williams, EJ Henderson, Curome Cox, Shaun Hill, etc. here. They were Vanderlinden's players."

Actually, he did bring in Madieu Williams and are you really going to mention Shaun Hill, the guy who was an afterthought nobody JUCO transfer that Fridge inserted as the starter from day 1? The fact is MD could not have won 11 games in 02 or 10 game in 03 with Scott McBrien at the helm, and Vanderlinden had nothing to do with him coming here.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That should say: The fact is MD could not have won 11 games in 02 or 10 game in 03 withOUT Scott McBrien at the helm, and Vanderlinden had nothing to do with him coming here.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

So some of you are of the opinion that upping Maryland's talent level will not be helpful?

Just making sure I have that right.

Posted by: rickroll | January 5, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

You can always improve. But some of us are of the opinion that Maryland talent level hasn't been an issue, as evidenced by more than 30 players in the NFL whose college I notice is listed as University of Maryland--more than Virginia Tech, more than Florida State, more than Georgia Tech, more than North Carolina and North Carlina State, more than Clemson, more than Boston College, wayyyy more than UVA, and obviously more than Duke.

Seems to me you have to have pretty decent talent to be able to put that many people in the NFL, or else you are the greatest coach in history and you take a bunch of scrubs and turn them into professionals. I tend to think Fridge is a good coach, but not the greatest in the history of mankind. More likely, he has recruited pretty damn well over the years to have had so many future pros.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Barno, I think the point that people here have been trying to make to you for the past year is that for the last seven or so years, neither Maryland football or basketball have made a significant impact in the post season. No one is saying they hate Maryland or that so-and-so should be fired (except you with the AD). What matters in all sports is the post season. A great regular season is great, but capping it off with something unimpressive is a let-down. This has generally been the case for the better part of the last decade. Good or bad, it is what it is.

I also think you knew full well what Merriman and others on this board meant when they said that Fridge didn't get the top local recruits. By twisting this into saying that people think Maryland should ignore good out-of-area recruits makes you sound ridiculous and not worthy of engaging in debate. Sometimes you should consider taking a deep breath and reading your post before you submit it and consider whether it is helping or hurting your credibility.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 5, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually, if you're only going to focus on ACC records and you're only going to focus on our records SINCE our final fours and national championship, then chew on this: MD has the 3rd highest ACC win-loss record in the conference since the national championship, behind only Duke and North Carolina. So even in years following our best stretch in school history, MD is still in the upper echelon of the ACC--not mediocre--despite what the dimwits will have you believe.

You're right...I'm happy with an above .500 record in the ACC 2 out the past 8 years...ELITE.

Posted by: baseball4422 | January 5, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Since the arrival of Bino, Maryland has finally got itself a recruiter who can dominate the Baltimore region (hence the pick up of Faust). Mosley is a nice player (top 100) but he is not a blue chipper along the lines of Melo/KD/Gay (but Gay is a different issue altogether since he most probably took a little $$ @ UConn) etc. But this is besides the point...Back to football, for sustained success, we need to recruit the MD area well. A great recruiter can bring people anywhere (Locksly did it here...LaMont/Merriman etc.). It's just a matter of recruiting hard which is what apparently Edsall does. The players we have are a talented, young core. If brought along properly, we may be able to contend the next few years...

Posted by: merajc86 | January 5, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If you want to win more people over, you might try not name-calling...

Posted by: marylandarlington | December 29, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to question your intelligence. If you believe that Eric Prisbell contributed to Friedgen being fired, you are stupid.

Posted by: marylandarlington | December 31, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Lol. I too would have to question the intelligence of someone who comes on here lecturing us about the evils of name-calling, and then then 2 days later calls people stupid and unintelligent.

Marylandarlington, you are simply wrong to claim no one has been saying they want anyone fired. If you read the Terps Insider, which you clearly do, you have seen the countless comments from Terps fans demanding Friedgen and Gary be fired over the years.

I think maybe sometimes you should consider taking a deep breath and reading your post before you submit it and consider whether it is helping or hurting your credibility.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You're right...I'm happy with an above .500 record in the ACC 2 out the past 8 years...ELITE.

Posted by: baseball4422 | January 5, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I simply LOVE how you went from MD basketball is a "medicore at best" program, to now MD is not "elite."

It has to be one or the other, right buddy? You have to be either mediocre or elite, there is no in between is there? MD is a very good basketball program, easily one of the top 15 in the nation over the last 10-15 years. Claiming that it's a mediocre at best program is absolutely idiotic and now you have to retreat to "we're not elite" since you look like an idiot for calling it mediocre.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Barno - Henry Sims from Mt St Joes was the top MD recruit in Moseley's year - he plays for Georgetown. And I included Gary and Bino's recruitment of Faust. Sorry for my Greivis typo.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 5, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

I agree with your assessment. People think that you can just wave a magic wand and land every kid in DMV. Gary isn't a great recruiter but he is a great coach. I know everyone thinks when he steps down that all these great coaches are going to want the job but they are not. It's tough sledding in the ACC for both sports.

My hope is either Edsall recruits better than Ralph or he is a helluva coach. Either way can work but if you fail miserably at either you are doomed.

Posted by: rickroll | January 5, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

OK...You're right...I'm happy with an above .500 record in the ACC 2 out of the past 8 years...GOOD.

Either way, its not Elite and not Good.

Posted by: baseball4422 | January 5, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Also, college park is a sh*tty college town. Folks that goto high school around here know that. They rather go south or somewhere warm where the town embraces the college team. College park can't compete with blacksburg or morgantown or happy valley. The town of college park is ugly, ghetto, and they have the footloose police patrolling the tailgating. They have 2 bars for a billion students.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | January 5, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I will give you Happy Valley and Blacksburg - they are beautiful campuses in a rural setting. But Morgantown? Are you kidding me? Have you ever been there?

Posted by: smitch6087 | January 5, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with this being a top 12 Basketball program...hence why we should be getting top notch recruits. Gary likes to recruit his type of players but I also think it was partially because no one in his staff can consistently land those potential lottery picks. Lets see if Bino can...Gary did one thing GREAT though...identify kids who are under recruited/underdogs etc. and help them reach their potential...

Posted by: merajc86 | January 5, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

People talking about Gary's recruiting shouldn't forget one exceptional talent. That, of course, is the Jewish Jordan: Tamir Goodman. He could've been a great one, but the putz wouldn't play on the sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).

Posted by: randysbailin | January 5, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

if there were some hot recruits at dewey beach or reston national golf course, gary would land them.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | January 5, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Um, Tamir Goodman was real bad dude. Sorry to rain on that parade.

Nobody brings the heat like Barno. Wow.

Posted by: jpfterps | January 5, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Fargo1, no one cares what you think. Take your racist attitude and shove it. You're nothing more than a dummy with a computer. You wouldn't say anything you type if you had to actually say it to peoples faces.

Oh, and don't bother getting any new pets. We all know what happens to the one you've had before.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 5, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"and that a lot of ex-players "are probably going to be supportive of his decision, if it works out."
-->I love the IF statement here. Shawne, that's the case whoever is the coach. Alums (who have no connection to the person) are the first to call for the coaches head when they are losing. Thanks for your support Shawne, much appreciated!

Posted by: break20 | January 5, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Getting rid of Sollazzo was a big mistake! I played for the Terps when Roy Lester was let go and Clairborne came in.. He kept one guy a D LIne Coach named Ron Rice who had a little unknown project on the DL line named Randy White and we all what happened to Randy. Sollazo tok a kid that no one recruited Joe Vellano and made him an 2nd Team All ACC as a sophmore.. Not bad.
I can tell you this there are a lot of Ex Terp players that are LIVID about letting Solazzo go at least 100 from the count on one of the last steaming emails I have recieved in the last day in that list you can put Boomer and Randy and yours truly one of them! Sollazzo was a coneection with lots of the players in the 80's when he was with Fridge and Bobby Ross and the last 10 years of kids that have played. And most good coaches will tell you that ex players are not only some of the best eyes and ears a head Coach can have but also a good fondation for a strong program.

I can tell all you fans out the and me that this whole drama was an insult to Maryland Athletics. And for ex players like me, letting Dave go was the icing on the cake.. I will not renew my 8 season tickets that I have had for 25 years.

Posted by: terp55 | January 5, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, good one? Bravo on the use of "lol" as well. Definitely someone we should be trusting for our 100% accurate sports knowledge. Are you out of middle school yet?

If you are boycotting Maryland (as I would assume you are since you explicitly said you would if Freidgen was forced out) why are you still on this board?

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 5, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'll go ahead and remove the part about no one wanting coaches to be fired. I noticed that you didn't get around to address this part of what I said since you were too busy with the cut/paste of unrelated information:

"Barno, I think the point that people here have been trying to make to you for the past year is that for the last seven or so years, neither Maryland football or basketball have made a significant impact in the post season. What matters in all sports is the post season. A great regular season is great, but capping it off with something unimpressive is a let-down. This has generally been the case for the better part of the last decade. Good or bad, it is what it is."

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 5, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

If you want to win more people over, you might try not name-calling...

Posted by: marylandarlington | December 29, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to question your intelligence. If you believe that Eric Prisbell contributed to Friedgen being fired, you are stupid.

Posted by: marylandarlington | December 31, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Are you out of middle school yet? why are you still on this board?

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 5, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love a person that just can't stop contradicting themselves. Oh the evils of name-calling, you just have be mature and cordial like "Are you stupid" and "Are you unintelligent" and "Are you out of middle school stupid?"

LOL

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The title of this article is a tad misleading....Merriman doesnt actually know Edsall, he is basically just saying that we need a better local recruiting coach...it remains to be seen if Edsall can deliver on that or not..

It would be nice if all the local kids had UMD as their first choice and we could get 75% of the 4/5 star players, but in the end, I dont really care where they came from or how many stars they had..its what they do on the field...

As I recall, until Ross first got here, nobody knew we had a kid named Boomer on the roster (who was from NY by the way) or how many stars he had in HS...same with DOB from NC...I dont think he was a 4 or 5 star HS recruit....I am not saying we shouldnt get the best kids we can but if we can be successful with the kids we want, then that is what matters to me...

I always go back to our NC BB team...NONE of those kids showed up on anybodys radar screen until they got here and Gary developed them

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 5, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

As far as I can tell, Barno, there is one thing you're really good at and it's avoiding addressing anyone who makes a valid point that isn't in agreement with yours. I'll assume since you can't seem to reply to what I said ABOUT MARYLAND that that's your unspoken agreement.

When does your boycott start?

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 5, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Mary, since you obviously have some serious reading comprehension issues, let me clarify for you: I am not boycotting. Neither are the dozens of others who made the threat. They were empty threats aimed at getting the university's attention when it wasn't clear yet that Friedgen had been let go.

It's difficult to argue with people who are so slow at understand such basic concepts.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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