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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Mike Leach thought he and Maryland were a good match

By Cindy Boren

Mike Leach and Maryland seemed like a good fit -- right up until the moment the school hired Connecticut's Randy Edsall to be its football coach.

"I thought it was a good opportunity, but by the same token they have an idea of what it is they're exactly looking for," Leach said in an Associated Press interview Tuesday night.

"They said they wanted offense and I have the ability to do that. They said they wanted to sell seats. I know we did that [at Texas Tech]. They said they wanted to raise money. I know we did that at an exponentially higher fashion [at Texas Tech].

"Apparently, me and [former Terps coach] Ralph [Friedgen], neither one of us was what they were looking for."

By Cindy Boren  | January 5, 2011; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  College football  
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"They said they wanted offense and I have the ability to do that. They said they wanted to sell seats. I know we did that [at Texas Tech]. They said they wanted to raise money. I know we did that at an exponentially higher fashion [at Texas Tech]."

Gosh, Mike, I don't know why you didn't get the job. You didn't even mention that you were "exponentially" better at putting players in broom closets!

Posted by: eric22 | January 5, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't a broom closet. It was a large garage with exercise equipment. It was on 60 Minutes (or some other news program).

The spoiled Craig James kid is just a whiner.

Posted by: charley42 | January 5, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

By those inaccurate comments, eric22, you tacitly side with a kid who several former players labeled as entitled and unwilling to put in the same workload everyone else had to.

It wasn't a tool shed. It wasn't a broom closet. He wasn't locked inside anything. He wasn't detained against his will. He could've left at any time (though he might've been off the team, and rightfully so). Trainers and ice were available. He had his cell phone.

What's worse than a reader echoing this toolshed/broom closet garbage is Mike Wise doing it twice in print. Wise used to be thoughtful; now it seems he's just another "shock" voice.

The Terps botched this whole ordeal, from the way they discarded Friedgen to insulting the man even further by hiring a replacement no better than he was.

Posted by: scrappledog | January 5, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The Terps botched this whole ordeal, from the way they discarded Friedgen to insulting the man even further by hiring a replacement no better than he was.

Posted by: scrappledog | January 5, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree Scrappledog.....

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 6, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I can see those suites and seats at Byrd filling up now with this hire!


Yeah....right....

Posted by: M20832 | January 6, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"Apparently, me and Ralph , neither one of us was what they were looking for."


Why Maryland didn't hire Coach Leach:

1. He is articulate and has a sense of humor, neither of which can be said of the new hire, whose press conference was painful to watch.

1. Coach Leach's teams have never gone 3 games w/o scoring a t.d. on offense.

3. The Administration wanted to put the new A.D. and the alums, especially Kevin Plank and Under Armour, who , in their place.

4. Coach Leach's graduation rates, winning percentage, and lack of NCAA violations (none in 10 years at Texas Tech), were too high.

Posted by: flynnie321 | January 6, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't care who the coach is, the only thing will put butts in the seats is winning. We have to give Edsall the benefit of the doubt until he proves he can't win. I agree that this seems like a lateral move from the AD with the coaching change but maybe a new voice will reach the players and some new recruiters will be able to keep the top local talent here instead of it going to Penn State.

Posted by: largetony86 | January 6, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I meant to say under #3 above that Under Armour and Kevin Plank have done too much for the University to have his wishes even considered in making the hire. Also, for those interested in the truth, read Sally Jenkins' piece on the railroading of Mike Leach out of Texas Tech. And of one thing you can be sure. Leach is no dummy. He will not be making the same mistakes again. As a Terp fan, I wish the new coach all the success in the world. May future events prove me wrong. But passing on Leach makes no sense.

Posted by: flynnie321 | January 6, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"It wasn't a broom closet."

Yeah stop watching all of that Harry Potter nonsense. ;)

Don't worry Mike, you'll have a chance to interview again in a couple years.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 6, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Edsall is a good coach. Bottom line. if he isn't i am sure there is a short leash on him and Anderson.

Many of you folks seem like you wanted to date the "popular" prom queen, but did not realize the less popular girl from the small town actually looked better.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 6, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Leach would have been a good hire should be locked in a broom closet. How many BSC bowl games did Leach
coach at Texas Tech , None. If he was such a great coach , why is he still not coaching. Because the man is Trouble !

Posted by: sco228 | January 6, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It's not about Edsall. I'm sure he is a fine coach. It's about Anderson, who most observers have come to realize is totally unqualified to be an AD at a big time sports school. People don't want to talk about how he got the job, how it came to be that the final 2 candidates for the AD opening both just happened to be black (Warde Manuel was the other finalist, who, oh so conveniently also happened to be black). People don't want to talk about U-MD's overcommitment to diversity. People don't want to think about their alma mater using race as a major factor in the hiring process of such important positions. So let's just not talk about it. Let's kid ourselves and not worry about how a guy who had done absolutely nothing at a small time Athletic Department (Army) not only got in the running for U-MD's AD opening, but actually got the job.

Just know this, you need a college degree to be eligible for an AD job. And black males make up 2% of those with at least a Bachelors Degree. So, the chances of U-MD's final 2 candidates both being black happening by accident are less than 1%.

So by all means people, keep kidding yourselves and thinking Kevin Anderson got this job because of his qualifications. I'm sure it had noooothing to do with his skin color. Riiiiight.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 6, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

OK, so the AD's black, BFD, get over it already.

Here's an idea: Instead of us voicing our irritating, whiny, know-nothing opinions at every opportunity, why don't we just support our team? You know, just root for our team and have fun with the games.

Let's try that for at least 3 years, OK?

These are college kids, 19- and 20-year olds. Unless one of them is actually your kid, stop obsessing over them.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | January 6, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone who thinks Leach would have been a good hire should be locked in a broom closet. How many BSC bowl games did Leach
coach at Texas Tech , None. If he was such a great coach , why is he still not coaching. Because the man is Trouble !"

sco228:

Mike Leach is not coaching anymore because he was set up. Plain and simple. There are e-mails within the Texas Tech admin building that say pretty clearly that this Adam James thing was not such a big deal, but they wanted to use it to get out of the contract the had with Leach. Why did they want that? Not because of his coaching abilities. It was because they wanted more money to hire a more attractive Basketball coach. Gerald Myers, the AD at Tech, has always been a basketball guy and has always hated how Leach made Tech a football school. If anything's true, Leach got pushed out because he did too good of a job at Tech. If you think Kevin Anderson is bad, you should see Myers. If you think Friedgen was treated badly on his way out, Leach was treated ten times worse, which he didn't deserve. And by the way, Leach was not fired for his treatment of Adam James. He was fired because he the Tech admins wanted him to admit guilt for things that he didn't do. "Insubordination". Adam James was never mistreated. That kid is lazy and Tech was the only school in the country that offered him a football scholarship. Leach took him in and tried to work with him so that they could make him useful on the field. That was Leach's mistake.

Posted by: adrimart | January 6, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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