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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

A look at the reaction to Randy Edsall's hiring

By Matt Bonesteel

Now that Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has his man and Randy Edsall has his "dream job," let's take a look at the reaction from around the country.

Mike DiMauro of the Day -- a paper in New London, Conn. -- says "I believe most of the reasons [Edsall] left Connecticut to coach Maryland centered around a burgeoning lack of respect for the way athletic director Jeff Hathaway did his job. Edsall perceived a baffling lack of support from his boss."

Pete Thamel of the New York Times has a view that seems to sum up the general consensus: "Maryland decided to go with steady over flashy, conservative over controversial."

Heather Dinich of ESPN.com says much the same thing: "He was a safe hire."

David Steele of AOL Fanhouse takes a wait-and-see approach: "Everybody connected to this move will be looking in their respective mirrors for months to come, because it won't be until a year from now that anyone will have a hint that this worked out."

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 4, 2011; 10:16 AM ET
 
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It seems like the writers on this site want nothing more than to stir the pot. Just using the buzzwords that will make people go off in the commentary section and drive up page views... "dream job"... "safe hire"

You ignore that fact that Heather Dinich's headline reads "Randy Edsall not a flashy hire, but good one"

Posted by: Kev29 | January 4, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

if Edsall thought he was getting a lack of support at UCONN maybe he shoulda talked to The Fridge before he signed the dotted line.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

if Edsall thought he was getting a lack of support at UCONN maybe he shoulda talked to The Fridge before he signed the dotted line. Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 10:28 AM

Please try to keep in mind that Anderson just got here and Edsall is his guy. This is different than Debbie and the Fridge, who has been on his way out for at least a couple years now. Who knows, maybe Anderson wants to build a winning program? He says he does.

Posted by: EdDC | January 4, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The U of MD is Edsall's "dream job" because of the academics and athletics? What? These elements don't exist at UConn? Is that not a slap in the face to the UConn students & athletes? Or, I guess not if UConn has no real students or Athletes.

It is a sad commentary on U of Md if we only had 2 candidates for the job. But I guess if the best you can do is Anderson at AD then you cannot expect a whole lot for a coach.

Posted by: jimbrooks99 | January 4, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Can we at least give the guy a chance? Geez...

Posted by: CYork1 | January 4, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

It isn't the Athletic Department that Edsall has to worry about not supporting him, it is the Main Administration and a fan base that has unrealistic expectations that are never satisified.

Posted by: CapsNut | January 4, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I think David Steele said it best. We'll have to wait at least another year, or perhaps 2-3 years, before we know if this was the right decision.

I'm not inclined to expect any substantial improvement, but more of the same; though, I could be wrong...

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 4, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

There were more than two candidates. Probably dozens of wanna-bees. It looks like there were three finalists, and one of them wanted a hiring commitment before interviewing. So that makes two finalists. But, yes, you are right that the MD HC is not one of the hottest jobs around at this point. Edsall and Anderson will have to build up to that level.

How great have the Terps been? A .600 record with Fridge? That is good, no doubt. You take away the App State, James Madison, Morgan State, Middle TN types of games (and the Terps really should have won those kinds of games), and how much above .500 are they over the years? The Terps are mid-pack ACC in wins and recruiting. In our region, maybe the Terps are a little better than VA, on par with Navy or a little above, and way behind WVU, PSU, and VT. It will not be an easy climb, and I can see the steady growth approach to the program as the way to go here.

Posted by: EdDC | January 4, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

you forgot the one from Mike Wise that says this was a dumb move, how you didn't upgrade anything. Seriously though, there's been a lot more negative reporting out there about how it doesn't make sense that if you were making a business decision to fill seats, this was not the move. I completely agree with the consensus. Safe or not, nobody is going to Byrd next year, you can count on that. What is exciting about some average coach in the Big Least. This is a joke of a hire and this AD has set this program back 6 years with this move. We had a chance to contend for the ACC next year. No chance this happens now with a new OC and DC. These kids will be lost, why fix something that wasn't broken. If there is one thing Fridge has shown is he can wing with a good QB. Shaun Hill, Scott McBrien and now Danny Obrien. What has hurt this team the last 5 or so years is not having a QB. Fridge and only Fridge would have taken this kid to the next level and with that defense staying the way it was, this team would have won 10 games next year. Mr. Anderson, you have just replaced Dan Snyder as the biggest idiot in Washington DC sports. At least Snyder is the owner and its his money. You are an outsider who has no clue on what you are doing. Uconn, what a joke. This is an embarrassment and I don't want to hear about how good of a coach this guy is, he was in the big least, period.

Posted by: tony28 | January 4, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I still say a safe hire as in he's squeaky clean and doesn't carry baggage, but I definitely think was a risky pick for the new administration. The number of Terp fans and Alumni who are screaming about this hire is overwhelming, and if this doesn't work out then Kevin Anderson is in trouble. This hire is going to make or break his career at Maryland.

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Posted by: theotherripken8 | January 4, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

How great have the Terps been? A .600 record with Fridge? That is good, no doubt. You take away the App State, James Madison, Morgan State, Middle TN types of games (and the Terps really should have won those kinds of games), and how much above .500 are they over the years? The Terps are mid-pack ACC...

Posted by: EdDC | January 4, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

EdDC, Puuuuuhlease. First of all, when did we ever play App State during the Fridge years? Second of all, every single team in the entire country plays teams like Middle Tennessee every single year. (and if you took away our record vs them our overall record would IMPROVE). But yeah, let's take away all our wins against scrub teams, let's also take away all our wins over decent teams too. Let's just look at our wins vs the best, I bet it's not .600. Man, you are a genius Ed.

As for us being a middle of the pack ACC team. I know you are joking about that, right? Go look at the entire decade and tell me how many ACC teams won 75 games and went to the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, Champs Bowl, etc. Tell me how many had 5 blowout victories in bowl games this decade. Tell me how many teams sent 30+ teams to the NFL this decade.

When you're done, come back and claim we were just average in the Fridge years.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling Anderson wanted Leach, but was overruled by timid administrators.
People who run the show in College Park are afraid of building a football culture, feeling it's something for those backward SEC and Texas schools; it's not something an urban northeastern college should emphasize. Basketball uber alles! Unfortunate (and I'm a Maryland alumnus).

Well, at least Edsall won't have any difficulty adjusting to the terrain, as he's again at a school boasting national men's and women's hoop titles (albeit only one of each, as opposed to the multiples at Connecticut). He'll know his place, behind Gary (and Brenda).

Edsall may turn out to be a fine hire, but right now it smacks of hitting a double when the football program -- considered an afterthought on its own campus -- needed a home run (Leach).

Posted by: VPaterno | January 4, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

From the Annapolis Capital, a quote from QB Danny O'Brien about Edsall:
"He seems tough, but fair," O'Brien said. "I'm excited and I think I speak for a lot of my teammates when I say that. Nine-and four (Maryland's record this year) is a good year but we wanted more, which is what he wants. So we're on the same page."

This kid has shown remarkable poise on and off the field. Maybe we should all follow his lead,stop complaining, and start supporting our new coach. Enough is enough.

Posted by: erniegogo | January 4, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting in line and supporting Edsall and this team. Good luck to all in 2011.

But if Edsall doesn't work out, I'll do everything I can to make sure Anderson isn't around to hire the next football coach.

Posted by: RITerp | January 4, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

WOW!! A 52 Year old Fridge. Gosh Fridge Was 53 Years old when he was hired. Fridge moved the program forward. Set a new bottom rung so to speak. OK, beat the easy teams win 50% of the rest.

Hopefully, Randy can take the next step, then in 10 years we can upgrade the program to top class. Maybe He will do better. He has more head coaching experience than the Fridge did when he came here. Remember the Fridge was a rookie head coach. Several people commented on Franklin and Fridge as a team. Remember Franklin was gone, he would have been a great head Coach prospect for MD but he was already a rookie HC at Vandy.

Well it could work out especially if Danny O stays. We will see if Randy can handle big time problems, immediately. i.e. keeping Danny O. Sure hope Randy does not tell him "This is the way I am, take it or leave it" As suggested in several articles above, that described Randy's Style. I hope he learned more in his HC jobs so he is able of keeping the potential star QB. Sounds like he can coach and that should be great for a 9 and 4 team on the rise. Great for Danny as well, A sure star in the MD pool a fish that might get eaten alive in the SEC pool of sharks. Especially with a weak sister team like Vandy. If he goes to a top program he might be an after thought by his Junior year.

Good Luck Randy!! Please keep Danny, Danny please stay. Remember Boomer and Q Back U. You will have a lot of QBs to put in a good word for you in the NFL.

Posted by: geoski | January 4, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This kid has shown remarkable poise on and off the field. Maybe we should all follow his lead,stop complaining, and start supporting our new coach. Enough is enough.

Posted by: erniegogo | January 4, 2011 2:59 PM


Amen. What's the ultimate goal of all the complaining? To get the decision reversed and get a new AD and new coach? That ain't gonna happen. People can continue to sit on here and debate the quality of wins and losses by UMD and UConn the past 10 years, but where is that getting you? What's done is done is done, so everyone might as well such it up and be excited to see what happens next year. Otherwise, if these developments have put such a cramp in your life, then don't watch or go to the games anymore. Put up or shut up.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 4, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I am really weary of some little, snot-nosed punk of a new AD coming up with bogus reasons to replace an existing coach, like Fridge. Just like Dan Snyder, he's too insecure to deal with someone, who is strong, independent and has an established record. Remember Redskins coach-in-waiting, Gregg Williams, who wasn't good enough for little Dan? He's got a brand new Super Bowl ring as defensive coordinator for the Saints.
Instead, Shorty needed a toady like Jim Zorn, who was shocked, along with everyone else in the NFL, when Snyder gave him the biggest, undeserved break of his career. Turned out, he was steadfast and loyal to Danny-Boy, he just wasn't ready. We all know how well that turned out and this weakling, Anderson, looks to be making exactly the same mistake, for exactly the same reason.
Fridge has always been loyal to his players and worked hard to develop them. He went through a recent dry spell at QB. But this season, Fridge was finally rewarded for his hard work with the emergence of Danny O'Brien. Ralph has been developing O'Brien since he was in high school and Anderson wants to steal that hard work from Ralph and give it to "his man". He probably can't stand to think about the stature that the Fridge would earn for his efforts. This season was just a sample.
Fridge ran a clean program and developed his players well...how many players does "Mr. Small-Time-UConn" have in the NFL...probably less than the top JCs. Everything about this firing is wrong in my book. The hard working, admirable coach being done in by a little, sniveling, suck-up creep, who craves a dominant position in the athletic dept and can only achieve it by lowering the leadership level of the whole organization...look out Gary, you're probably next in his vile plans to make himself the big dog in the atletic dept. I'll be glad to see the last of Anderson.
Good bye Ralph, I've admired you since your days as a guard for the Terps, you're too good to be treated like this.

Posted by: dreynaud | January 4, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What really kills me is that people are complaining about Edsall, when he's clearly an up and coming coach...So what Friedgen was the ACC COY, he shouldn't have been

In 2009 Maryland won 2 games (James Madison 38-35 OT)(Clemson 24-21)...They lost games to Rutgers, Duke, Middle Tennessee, and Wake Forrest to name a few...So all he did in 2010 was win the games he should have won in the 1st place...The guy maybe a good offensive coordinator, but he is clearly a mediocre head coach at best...His past record proves just that...His best years were his 1st 3

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 4, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Amen dreynaud. You need to post more.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

How does a "mediocre at best" coach win national coach of the year? How does a "mediocre at best" coach win ACC Coach of the Year twice? How does a "mediocre at best" coach win the national assistant coach of the year? How does a "mediocre at best" coach have offenses that go to the Super Bowl in the NFL and a national championship in college?

One would think you'd have to be a pretty good coach, not just mediocre at best, to accomplish those things.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

But if Edsall doesn't work out, I'll do everything I can to make sure Anderson isn't around to hire the next football coach.

Posted by: RITerp
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And I'll beat you to it with a "Fire Anderson" sign at the games after the first down year! I'm psyched for the next 2-3 years. We have a talented, hard working bunch of guys. Just please stay off the scooters guys!

Posted by: terptek | January 4, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting that people spend their time complaining to "haters" that it is unrealistic to expect Maryland to repeatedly get into major BCS bowls and then at the same time agree with someone who calls Edsall "Mr. Small Time UConn." So, Maryland isn't big time and clearly is too good for small-time. Medium time?

It IS possible to have liked Fridge and to also like Edsall. Fridge is gone, so unless you want to spend the next 10 years moaning and complaining about the injustice of it all, embrace the new regime. Bitterness is unbecoming. EDSALL IS ON THE RISE. FRIDGE WAS NOT. This is no disrespect to Fridge, just the truth. Times change.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 4, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What really kills me is that people are complaining about Edsall, when he's clearly an up and coming coach...So what Friedgen was the ACC COY, he shouldn't have been

In 2009 Maryland won 2 games (James Madison 38-35 OT)(Clemson 24-21)...They lost games to Rutgers, Duke, Middle Tennessee, and Wake Forrest to name a few...So all he did in 2010 was win the games he should have won in the 1st place...

Posted by: babycas2000
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And I won't look at all your other brilliant comments you've contributed to this board the past 10 years cas, I'll just look at this piece of drivel and myopia you came up with and say you're fired from writing ANYTHING!

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

EDSALL IS ON THE RISE. FRIDGE WAS NOT. This is no disrespect to Fridge, just the truth. Times change.

Posted by: marylandarlington
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U clearly do not follow the team closely enough to know what has transpired even the past two years. Our AD did not want a HCIW from a previous AD. The HCIW was very capable of leading the team to success, as well as recruiting even better as a HC. The team was already on the rise - 8-4 with a more experienced squad this year will be 9-3 or better next year...

But I am ready to support the powers that be's choice if they continue to maintain an underbudgeted staff and an insufficient infrastructure to allow even the chance for year in, year out "sustainable excellence." I believe coach Edsall will do good, but will have a down year here and there if he's here 10 years. Let's wait and see. Time is on our side to observe and revisit at a later date. Barno, please save all the comments so the bipolar posters get caught in their tracks once again!

Posted by: terptek | January 4, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

And I'll beat you to it with a "Fire Anderson" sign at the games after the first down year!

Posted by: terptek | January 4, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

We had a few of these signs along the sideline at the Military bowl. And got a few 'Fire And-er-son!' chants going. Was good to hear he had the nerve to show up along the sideline, hopefully he heard the chants (although I didn't see him and think he may have been somehow mistaken for Doc Walker).

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Terptek, it's fun to see you cater to Barno like that but I think he'd have to disagree with you on Franklin. From what I recall, Barno and many others on this blog were not big fans of the "coach in waiting", to put it mildly. And please stop stating the team's record for next year as if it's fact. Winning 9 games would be great, but please don't quote it as if it was a done deal with Fridge.


But seriously, people, just because someone shares a different opinion from yours does not mean they "do not follow the team closely." It is possible for everyone to watch the same thing and come away with different opinions. Kind of like politics. Or anything else on the planet. Debate all you like, but people really need to quit the "I"m a better fan than you" junk. That's when these discussions tend to devolve into nonsense.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 4, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

MDArlington:

I got a little off track. I know many were not sure of JF taking over, but given the outcome we have seen with RE's hiring, some may wish we could have a parallel universe to see how RF/JF would have done these next 5 years (4 w/ JF as HC) vs. 5 with RE.

I did not intend to degrade your fandom. I should have merely pointed out that football is a tough business. Even former big-time programs like the U have struggled as of late. Many posters here that know UMD do know the budget allocated for the program will hamstring anybody coaching the team. I wish RE well - I will be there supporting him even though I am not impressed (as most of us clearly are not) with our new AD. He better get sme return on the budget and booster dollars, or someone's head or heads are going to roll yet again.

Posted by: terptek | January 4, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Anderson lied to the Fridge. Then doesn't have the professional courtesy to notify candidates not selected he's gone in a different direction.

The new coach is 1-16 vs ranked opponents. He also make a player tell team face to face he was leaving for the NFL, but did not have enough courage to get on a plane and tell "his" team he was leaving for MD. He did it over an intercom.

Wow, I'm so excited about MD sports.

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 4, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Three of us MD grads live down south in SEC country. We make the MD games when they come to Clemson and often NC. Upon hearing of the Leach possibility we started to plan returning to College Park for the first time Homecoming and going to ALL the games down our way, not just 1 a year. We also bought a ton of Terps gear for Christmas and we were definitely amped up to get in "discussions" with the local good ole boys about MD football.

Unfortunately, now we'll just shut up and HOPE for the best once again. The new AD from a small, losing, awful sports program comes to "our" school and botches the firing/hiring of a new coach. He does not have the class to tell the truth to a loyal MD man. He does not have the professional courtesy to notify candidates he had made another choice.

The new coach is 1-16 vs ranked opponents. No one in CT seems unhappy he is leaving. There was talk of firing him early this year as he was so boring. He won 8 games in the Big LEAST.

He also made one of his players speak face to face to the team about his decision to go to the NFL. Unfortunately he did not have the class to get on a plane and speak face to face to "his" team about leaving for MD.

Does that not speak volumes?

Is having "class" a situational thing?

I will HOPE for the best. But I fear we've missed an awesome opportunity to finally move to the National stage.

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 4, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Fridge = average (at best)

First 3 years, with Vanderlinden players and Taafe and Blackney as OC and DC - 31 and 8.

Last 7 years, 44-42, with 4 losing seasons.

Posted by: SonicBlues | January 4, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

A) Taafe and Blackney were there for some losing seasons too.

B) There is no chance we win 11 games in 02 and 10 games in 03 without Scott McBrien at the helm--NOT a Vanderlinden recruit. Not to mention many other prominent Fridge guys those first 3 years.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Amen. What's the ultimate goal of all the complaining? To get the decision reversed and get a new AD and new coach? That ain't gonna happen. People can continue to sit on here and debate the quality of wins and losses by UMD and UConn the past 10 years, but where is that getting you? What's done is done is done, so everyone might as well such it up and be excited to see what happens next year. Otherwise, if these developments have put such a cramp in your life, then don't watch or go to the games anymore. Put up or shut up.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 4, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Look you cottonheadedninnymuggins, a lot of us have already lived this version of Ground Hog Day at least once. When he was introduced, Randy Edsall looked, talked and acted for all the world like ole Ron Vanderlinden. The way he gave his pep talk you would have thought we were 4-9 this year not 9-4! I'm also bolstered by the fact that he is bringing his OC... NOT!
We have sat through experiment after experiment, (Joe Krivak, Mark Duffner, Ron Vanderlinden) paid dollars to support the program through the Terrapin Club, M Club, or MGN and shelled out cash each year for season tickets. Very simply put- we have had enough. We give up, we can't take the latest version of this circus anymore.
So don't give us the self righteous "put up or shut up" sermon. We've been there, done that and understand the expression: those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Or is it doomed to repeat it? Yes, that’s right, it’s doomed!

Posted by: MrCrabbyPatty | January 5, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Amen MrCrabbyPatty!

Random comments follow!
Duffner's teams were exciting with the run and shoot offense. Unfortunately his defense gave up more points. I remember one game against nationally ranked Florida State where we rang up over 40 points. Still lost.

Frankly, I would rather see a 10-7 win over Staubach and Navy than a 52-42 loss.

To put people in the stands, MD should upgrade their schedule. When Penn State or Alabama played at Byrd back in the Clairborne era, the stadium was packed, even though our offense was dull and we lost 90% of the games.

I have no choice but to support the new coach. It's up to the AD to improve the schedule.

Frankly, I don't know why Penn State wouldn't want to play us home and home. Two wins for sure for PSU.

Posted by: bigj7999 | January 5, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Okay, you no-sayers. It's time to support the Terps and Edsall. He is a fine coach that developed a good program at non football school. If we support him, the program will get better. If we continue to get 35,000 attendance, we will fall. All you Fridge supporters that are complaining about his dismissal- did you go to games? I went to almost all the home games in his ten years. One of the reasons he was left go was because of the poor attendance.

As a Terp fan, I love Ralph but understand the need for a change. I was excited by Leach but let's face it, there have been many coaches changes at other schools and no one jumped to hire him. Pitt picked charged felon Haywood over Leach.

Maybe Edsall is a safe pick but I think he is a great one and will take the Terps to
further success.

GO TERPS
GO RANDY

Posted by: skronzek | January 5, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Mike Leach, known for exciting wide open offense, an 84-43 record, 9 bowl games, a 80% graduation rate, and no players arrested for off field incidents etc. in 10 years as a head coach, wanted the job, and UMD alum Kevin Plank reportedly strongly supported hiring him. We need to accept some realities. UMD has the lowest football budget in the ACC, and UMD has no ultra-rich boosters like Phil Knight at Oregon, T Boone Pickens at Oklahoma St, Bobby Louder at Auburn, Cristy Gaylord at Oklahoma, etc. With a chance to hire a coach of this caliber, and and at the same time draw Kevin Plank's enthusiastic support to UMD, this pick looks more stupid than "safe".

Posted by: bethesda4 | January 5, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

bigj7999 - man you bring back memories! I was there when Bear Bryant brought Alabama to Byrd. I was playing boy's club ball at the time, and as a kid the thing that struck me was their absolute execution. I can distinctly remember their O line throwing blocks and just knocking us off the ball! They weren't any bigger than us- they just EXECUTED! Great coaching by Mr. Bear, and it gives me chills just thinking I saw him! Kinda like the time I saw Led Zeppelin, but that's another story!
Yes, Duffner used to rack up the points, and I was at the FSU game you mention at Byrd as well. I remember mocking them with their tomahawk chant, and as I recall we were up on them at the half. That was when they were bad a$$! You are correct- we had no defense then, which brings us back to doe.
We have the opposite now of that what we had with Duffner. UConn was infamous for no offense, and I am concerned about that. Freidgen was an offensive genius, and was known for his play book (BTW- I don't think Franklin ran the offense so well except for at the very end of his tenure here). Freidgen deserved another year with Danny O'B.
On the other hand, Don Brown IS a defensive GENIUS! Truly. It just took a second season for his system to sink in, and it's the reason he was retained. Brown's "playground" defense against NC State was masterful!!

Posted by: MrCrabbyPatty | January 5, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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