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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 01/ 2/2011

After Randy Edsall news, who would you rather have coaching at Maryland?

By Matt Bonesteel

Barring any surprises, Connecticut Coach Randy Edsall will be named Maryland's next football coach on Monday, according to a source. What do you think of the possibility of Edsall as the team's next head football coach?

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 2, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
 
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Looks like the team is meeting at 6 tonight with Randy Edsall as HC. Hopefully this works out well. At this point I'm basically just glad Rodriguez didn't worm his way in.

Posted by: jake177 | January 2, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The guy doesn't even know how to buy pants in the right size. Why would we want him as the head coach?

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Posted by: epdaly | January 2, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Anderson & Loh have some explaining to do on this one. Did it turn out to be "anyone but Mike Leach"? Did Leach demand a contract that the University was unwilling to give him? And what was it about Randy Edsall that was so appealing to them? Granted that he turned around a moribund UConn program, but is he the man to elevate the Terps from "Good" to "Great"? For all the upheaval that was caused by Ralph Friedgen's firing, he better be.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I dont see how this guy is an upgrade at all...Edsall, really?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

If this is true then he needs to consider these coaches for his staff:

http://actanonverba10.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/terp-coaching-staff-considerations/

Posted by: theotherripken8 | January 2, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to stay positive on Edsall, but I definitely have the feeling that if we video of the key sequences of this whole "process" dating back a month it would pretty much look like a bizarre Laurel & Hardy film on steroids.

Posted by: jake177 | January 2, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh wow the "buzz" this will create will be deafening. They'll have to expand the stadium to at least 100,000 capacity now, no way Byrd will be able to hold as many people who will be lining up to see the Edsall Terps. Forget good to great, we're going to be national champs next year with Randy at the helm.

I don't know how I can make this any clearer: Kevin Anderson is a complete and utter incompetent. He got the job because of the school's commitment to "affirmative-hiring" as Debbie Yow calls it. He is totally unqualified to be UMD's athletic director, and Debbie is laughing her *ss off right now. Let's see if Edsall wins 75 games in the next 10 years like Ralph Friedgen, I will put my house on it not happening if anyone wants to be place a bet on that.

Fire Anderson NOW!

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

If Edsall is in fact hired, we might all need to give Barno some serious props for calling out Anderson as an idiot. How will hiring Edsall as head coach put fans in the seats at Byrd? He is our "good to great" guy?

I really thought Leach would come in and Maryland would be in the national spotlight for so many reasons. Guess I was wrong.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | January 2, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I HATE to say it but I have to agree with Barny...this makes no sense...You fire Fridge and then bring in a guy with a worse W-L record and who has almost no experience coaching against quality opponents....this is Duffner part duex

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barno, it should be interesting to see if Randy Edsall can win with "Ralph Friedgen's players".

Also, just a crazy thought. Maybe we shoulda hired the UConn AD and the Army Coach instead?

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a fail to me. No coaching upgrade and no excitement generated. Will this hire sell tickets? Nope.

Posted by: mechagojira | January 2, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

i guess Kevin Plank does not have the Firepower we thought he had,,,He was a leach guy...All i can say is edsall better keep Don Brown or we will start all over again...

I smell some dirty politics going on!!!Did Linda Clements make this decision..

Posted by: carolina1 | January 2, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

What a collossal failure if this indeed turns out to be true. It would be one thing to dump our alum COY in a less than elegant manner if we were making an A plus hire. This is a man who has a 74-70 career record. How is this an upgrade?

Posted by: elowe2 | January 2, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I smell some dirty politics going on!!!Did Linda Clements make this decision..

Posted by: carolina1 | January 2, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Carolina we don't agree about much but on this we are 100% on the same page. Linda Clement appears to have had a major say in this. She is the head of the PC Police who run the show at UMD, and believe me she would never have been cool with Leach. Good thing we put her on the hiring committee! What with her vast experience in college football and all!

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm stunned ... from good to worse?? I really don't understand this hire, but I hope I'm wrong. But, so many times I have seen people in high positions make foolish decisions.

Posted by: BlackKnight2 | January 2, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Randy Edsall's first 3 years at UCONN: 9-24

Ralph Friedgen's first 3 years at UMD: 31-10

Danny O'Brien has 3 years of eligibility left...if I were him, I'd seriously consider transferring now that his best receiver is gone, his offensive coordinator is gone, and his head coach is gone.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say "I told you so" but...I TOLD YOU SO! All those people that wanted Fridge gone, here you go! Randy F'n Edsall. That should pack the stadium! I've been saying for years to the Fire Fridge crowd that if we got rid of Ralph the imcompetent UMd administration would most likely get some scrub you never heard of. Why don't we fire Anderson and Loh and start a petition to get Fridge back?

Posted by: aviscardo | January 2, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I think this is an awful hire. Awful. This does not sell tickets and does not indicate great things on the horizon BUT...everyone needs to stop bringing up Ralph's 10 year record. Does anyone here really think Ralph was going to win 75 games over the next 10 years? That's whats important - the team going forward. The program has been playing .500 ball for 7 years. Not 2 years, not 3 years, but 7. It was and still is time for a change. Anderson is just picking the wrong guy.

Posted by: epdaly | January 2, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

In complete agreement with aviscardo. Be careful what you wish for folks. Those who wanted Debbie Yow and Ralph Friedgen gone...how's that working out for you? The devil you knew was better than the devil you don't know.


Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is really terrible news. I can't believe we are hiring a guy with a 74-70 record over 12 years. Wonder what went wrong with Leach and when we will hear the details. I don't know how Anderson expects to fill all the seats with this hire. This really sucks.

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Edsall - feel the excitement! I can't wait to go 7-5 and play some directional college in the Military Bowl every year.

Posted by: dangit | January 2, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

epdaly, never miss an opportunity to dump on Fridge...even though I think we both know you'd rather have him coaching next year than Edsall.

Some people are simply incapable of uttering the words: Damn, I was wrong.


Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This hiring makes no sense what so ever. They fired Ralph to bring in someone who is going to make MD Football Great. Don't see this happening with Edsall. His record speaks for itself!

Posted by: rich263 | January 2, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This hiring is not going to sell those luxury suites or put more butts in the seats. A 74-70 record? What a joke. I thought that the Terps were going for greatness. Now we are going to have some more mediocrity. Should have kept Fridge one more year.
And I also smell clements hands in this.

Posted by: M20832 | January 2, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting a done deal. Hope they are wrong but looks like its going to happen. This is at best a lateral move for Maryland. Fridge equals Edsall.

Posted by: Nemo4 | January 2, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know anything good about this guy..other than the fact that he coached .500 ball in the Big East and got blown out by OK?

Jeez...Anderson is gonna have some splainin to do

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I challenge anyone who has ever read this board to find a time when epdaly, petecard, terpfanMA, carolina1, aviscardo, barno1, leeM, jake, terpfan2001 and the rest of the regulars all in agreement on an issue. We might disagree about some of the specifics, but we all seem to agree that hiring Randy Edsall is ridiculous.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Over the last 5 years of coaching...

Leach: 45-18
Edsall: 37-27
Friedgen: 34-30

Who would you rather have as your head coach?

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | January 2, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I will judge this entire "saga" by only one thing: A rise in Maryland Football to the top level, consistently compete for conference championships and BCS bowls and regular Top 25 rankings. That will fill the stadium. It's hard to see with Randy Edsall. What do the hiring people know that I/we don't? If we brought in a coach from UConn I would think it would be Gino!

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This has all the makings of a cluster f__k, after embarrassing themselves with the force out of Big Ralph and being told by Leach that the program is second rate they reach out to Edsall who imho isn't any better than Ralph in fact he might not be on the same level as the FRIDGE.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 2, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

ESPN seems to be reporting this as "done"..I can only hope that this is part of their ongoing feud with Leach..just to try to smear him one more time...

Otherwise, this is a disaster

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Barno, I'm not ready to throw KA to the wolves over this yet (nor do I think aviscardo's threats from the other day are warranted), but the AD may just be setting himself up for his own dismissal. It might take a year or two to play out and I hope I am wrong, because I like where he says we are headed...

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I would encourage fans to let Kevin Anderson know how displeased you are with this decision. His email address is KevinA@umd.edu

Who knows, maybe he will change his mind. Clearly, he is not a man of his word (see: firing of Friedgen, Ralph). So maybe he will go back on his word again.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Waiting to heard from HughG...

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that's "here" from HughG. Maybe he's at the Ravens game...

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

To Heck with bringing the Fridge back...Bring him and Yow back for that matter. If this is a done deal then so am I. You can't claim that you need to energize the alumni and fan base and do this sort of thing. If the powers that be do not read these boards then they better, because in Barno like fashion I know at least 98% of Terp fans and alumni will not support a program with this dude at the helm...no you better make that 99%.

Posted by: kaptainterp | January 2, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Edsall's offense put me to sleep last night. What a juggernaut. This is what we have to look forward to for the next few years until they figure out that Anderson is a complete failure.

Back to the Vanderlinden days!

Gary better hope he makes the tourney this year.

Posted by: denva | January 2, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I said yesterday, this is the biggest decision/event in UMD football since parting ways with Bobby Ross 25 years ago...

My thoughts on Fridge are well documented but what in the world makes anyone think Edsall is an upgrade...

If you listen to ESPN it sounds like they offered him the job before he even finished his interviews.....did the multiple individual interviewers even have time to meet and compare notes on the candidates????? WTF?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This is depressing news. MD has said that the new hire will be someone to bring them from good to great and then they go conservative. Isn't that hypocritical?

AHHHHHHH. Gary better win in a week in Durham

Posted by: JDP_ | January 2, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"I dont see how this guy is an upgrade at all...Edsall, really"?

LOL...I don't see how this job is an upgrade for Randy.

Posted by: caphcky | January 2, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Edsall is the better coach than Leach... but this proves that Anderson had no plan, the move was driven by ego after Ralph "negotiated in the press." Neither Leach or Edsall would have been an upgrade, but Leach would have sold tickets to the casual fans which is what most MD fans are.

Posted by: mcmelton | January 2, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hard to justify firing Fridge for Edsall. Few possibilities: 1. Edsall has been good (not great) over the past four seasons, 2. He already has recruits in mind, and maybe could bring some commits to MD (of course, UCONN does not have a great class coming in). 3. Anderson believes Edsall is committed long term to MD.

Again, firing Fridge to hire Edsall seems like a lateral move. And for Edsall, is MD really a significant upgrade? Would Edsall not have been available next year, after Fridge's contract expired? I understand firing Fridge if you want Leach or another big name because they might not be available next year, but why rush Fridge out to bring in Edsall?

Posted by: Finnucane | January 2, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Gary, is anyone else really concerned that Anderson might hire his replacement? I hope Anderson is long gone by then, but you never know...

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | January 2, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Finnucane - both Edsall and Leach would have been available next year.

Posted by: mcmelton | January 2, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow..i must say this one really shocked me...Now what do we do???? I will really like to see how many season tickets and suites we sell..

Who the hell is he going to recruit???? Ct type players...Will he keep don brown..

wow this really scres me..looks like academna wins again.

as howard cosell once said down goes frazier down goes frazier

off to take a xanax..

Posted by: carolina1 | January 2, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Heard this news while at the Ravens game.. While I'm sure he's a good coach, how is this the 'big splash' Anderson wants to make??? I just don't see it.. Not only on our part, but why does Edsall think this is a step up, unless it's the $$$...Don't get this at all...

Posted by: frostanna | January 2, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly the hiring will be announced tomorrow. Interestingly, reading the Baltimore Sun Terps blog, the reaction is very much the same as here.

The more I think about this, the more I think the Linda Clements factor could have been very important. Certainly Kevin Anderson has not created any political capital that could be turned into persuasion in a case like this. He may well deflect criticism by saying this is a "Committee decision".

I know for a fact that Larry Grabenstein, a Search Committee member and President of MGN was and is a big Fridge fan. I can't help but think he felt betrayed by Anderson's about-face on Fridge fulfilling the last year of his contract. And I agree with ealier postings that Clements would NOT want Leach - with all his baggage - no matter what the "buzz" his hiring might create.

Should be an interesting press conference. Curious to see what spin they put on all this. I'm sure they will treat this as the greatest hire in the world - at this point they HAVE to.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Well Kevin Anderson has managed to alienate his entire fan base now. The guy is full of s%it. Edsall will not take this program from good to great nor fill seats. Good luck selling season tickets next season, I was planning on getting them with Leach as HC forget that.

Posted by: ams1986 | January 2, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

whoever gets the job - remember that this team would have been expected to win 10 or more games in 2011 with no change. the new guy (leach, edsall, ghost of bear bryant) has to do better that that. Anything short of ACC championship should be viewed as failure.

Posted by: mcmelton | January 2, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

No matter what you think of any of this, one has to agree that Anderson not only allowed the speculation about Leach to run rampant, he fueled it repeatedly. First by announcing at his press conference that Leach was in the running then by leaking to the press during the Military Bowl that Leach was on campus interviewing.

So...first he leads fans to believe Fridge will be back next year.

Then...he leads fans to believe Leach will be here next season.

Then...he comes out of nowhere with the one coach NO ONE wants here.

Next, we'll find out Gary has been offered a 4 year contract extension, only to hear Kevin Anderson changed his mind and will be replacing Gary with Cherokee Parks as head coach.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I think my suggestion of Gino Auriemma makes more sense than Parks...

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

We already have a great women's coach Pete. I know you called for Brenda Frese to replace Gary at one point, but honestly I don't think hiring womens' coaches to coach the mens' teams is a good idea.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

lol pete. Or maybe Jim Calhoun...

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This is Fridge's replacement??? Anderson, you are an idiot!!!

Posted by: la_terp | January 2, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Oops. BBall reference, not FBall as I thought. My bad.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

So when will we hear the first comparison of our soon to be HC, Edsall with another disaster, the Edsel? I hope it doesn't happen but if he doesn't deliver on the "great" thing than it might be valid...

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

According to Eric Prisbell:

"Regarding Leach, one source with knowledge of the search said Maryland 'got cold feet. They wanted to make the conservative, safe, non-confrontational hire,' the source said. 'That's the bottom line.'"
---------------------------

Safe. Non-confrontational. Geeeee....this sure sounds just like an athletic department "COMMITTED TO GREATNESS."

Bring back President Mote. Bring back Debbie Yow. Bring back Fridge. Fire Kevin Anderson and Low now!

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna drink alot of rum and cokes and think over this one... I really don't get this as an upgrade.. I'm sure Edsall's a good coach, but C'Mon man...At least my seats shouldn't go up in price...

Posted by: frostanna | January 2, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If Prisbell's "source" is accurate, that means Anderson's choice (Leach) was not acceptable to those in College Park that have the power to hire. Course, that "source" could also be Leach's agent trying to put a positive spin on it. I think the bottom line is our AD is now pretty much a figurehead who cannot deliver on his promise to raise the football program to "Greatness". This also may mean he is living on borrowed time.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson is a politically correct PANSY if he hires Edsall over Leach - he has no guts, and he will get no glory. Crush the Fridge and make the "safe" move? Someone please lift his skirt to see what is there. Anderson is a coward.

Posted by: Highrock1 | January 2, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If Prisbell's "source" is accurate, that means Anderson's choice (Leach) was not acceptable to those in College Park that have the power to hire. Course, that "source" could also be Leach's agent trying to put a positive spin on it. I think the bottom line is our AD is now pretty much a figurehead who cannot deliver on his promise to raise the football program to "Greatness". This also may mean he is living on borrowed time.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Bring back President Mote. Bring back Debbie Yow. Bring back Fridge. Fire Kevin Anderson and Low now!"

Barno, you're making decent points today, but this statement has to be hyperbole, right? You know MD is not really going to bring back Fridge, no matter what. You know Anderson will be on the job for at least three years. But maybe we can let Edsall coach a game in CP before calling for complete change of university leadership.

Posted by: Finnucane | January 2, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

If by someone else, do you mean Fridge?

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

This probably has nothing to do with the hiring, but Edsall was hired at UConn. by former Maryland AD Lew Perkins, and his current AD is MD alum and Lew's assistant, Jeff Hathaway.

I am totally confused how the current AD thinks this is a step forward. I also wonder why the Leach deal fell through but we will never know the real truth. If they wanted conservative and safe, keep Ralph for his last year and spend an entire year evaluating who is out there. I don't see a bright future here except that the cupboard is full of pretty decent players.

Not a great month for this former terp coach and alum but I will still be rooting for the school, not so much for this AD.

Posted by: sjm3091 | January 2, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm really disappointed with this hire. But, I don't want Debbie Yow back and I still believe that the circumstances were right for letting Friedgen go. I don't want to rehash everything, but if KA was not going to give him an extension then this was, in my humble opinion, the right thing to do. Now, however, we are witnessing a very uninspiring hiring decision and it leaves all of us wondering... WHY? KA really has his neck sticking out there.

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Coach Williams,
You are next to go and will probably be replaced by Andre LaFleur.

Coach Fridgen,
We apologize. A three year extension would have made much more sense.
Everyone should boycott the first home football game. It is GOLF time.

Posted by: utilityrep1 | January 2, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Barker at The Sun responded to a poster on his blog with the following:

"Thanks for your kind words about the newspaper.It comes down, I think, to whose sources you trust. I'm in College Park almost every day and swear by mine. I'm not saying Edsall won't be hired, but think about it logically -- would you sign a contract before the final interview? Edsall's interview began at 4:00 p.m."

So according to this, Edsall isn't even done with the interview.

I emailed Anderson (hat tip to Barno). With Leach, I was prepared to buy season tickets and drive from New England for every game. With Edsall? I'm joining aviscardo and Barno1 with pitchforks to storm the Athletic Department.

Edsall will be a disastrous hire. If the football program lost $500K this past year due to only 19k season ticket sales, MD will be lucky to see 19k and only a $500K loss next year. Anderson's business decision is sailing back down the Bay, headed for the Atlantic Ocean and Key West.

Ousting Ralph made no sense for any other hire except a big name like Leach. Edsall is Ralph Lite. This is a terrible decision if true.

I need a drink.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 2, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

UConn hadnt scored an offensive touchdown in its last 3 games....Is this the sizzle KA is looking for?

What a joke

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of fairness, here is what Testudo Times is saying:

Head Coaching Experience: 12 years at UConn, 74-70 record, 5 bowl games, 2 conference titles, 1 BCS bowl. The record is misleading for Edsall. When he took over at UConn, the Huskies were in DI-AA. He literally built that program from the ground up, despite the job being one of the most difficult in the country. My only concern here is that he hasn't done what needs to happen at Maryland: take a good program (8-5) and make it great (10-2).

Offensive Prowess: Edsall's a defensive guy, as he was the DC at Georgia Tech prior to taking the UConn job. Offensively, he runs a pro-style offense predicated on solid running backs. Both Jordan Todman and Donald Brown came through UConn, and both were among the best rushers in the country. He's never had a solid QB in his tenure at UConn, which he will finally have with Danny O'Brien. His offense isn't particularly exciting, certainly not a spread or an Air Raid.

Defensive Prowess: Edsall's teams usually have good defenses. This isn't always the case, but he's certainly more defense-oriented than anyone else on the list.

Recruiting Prowess: Do me a favor and don't look at the results, eh? UConn has no recruiting bed to work from, limited administrative support until recently, and no tradition or history. Know this: Edsall works hard on the trail and has brought in a bunch of kids from the DMV in recent years, giving him relatively strong connections to Fork Union, McDonogh, Lake Braddock, Calvert Hall, and he's even landed someone from Good Counsel.

Fit at Maryland: The head coach at Maryland faces certain challenges: lack of consistent fanbase support is the biggest, along with mediocre facilities and being a basketball school. They aren't the same as the ones faced at UConn, but they're extremely similar. That's in Edsall's corner. So, too, is the fact that he was born 1.5 hours away from College Park and has recruiting ties to the area. He's also coached in the ACC in the past, as he was formerly the DC at Georgia Tech. He runs a pro-style offense, which is similar to Maryland's.

Buzz: Nonexistent.

In it for the long haul: No one knows. He's not a big name, so I imagine he'd stick around for at least 5 years or so.

Baggage: None.

Best Known For: Who's Randy Edsall?

Quirks: Funny celebrations.

Bottom Line: He's not a big name, and that will turn a lot of people off. So, too, will the circumstances, the "we fired Ralph Friedgen for this guy?" rhetoric. But he's a very solid program CEO who recruits well and has done a lot with little up at UConn. Would he be a perfect hire? Hell no. The best hire? Not really. But he's not a bad hire by any stretch, and is one of the better ones available.

Guess maybe we have to give the guy a chance, huh?

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 2, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Pete, that's just it: why wouldn't he even consider giving Fridge an extension? That would have perfectly fine with a whole lot of people. The guy went 9-4 this year with a rookie QB. Even the biggest anti-Fridge fan would have understood a 3 year extension to finish out the O'Brien era. Big crowds would have returned next year with Friedgen still there and with a better home schedule and coming off a 9 win season. Extend Fridge now and if we don't go win an Orange Bowl in the O'Brien era, Anderson could make a deal that he won't extend Fridge again and he'll have to simply retire then (and with dignity) and there would have been no need to have this ugly mess 3 years early.

It's possible Anderson simply did not like Friedgen, and believed if he won an Orange Bowl in the next couple years it would that much harder to force him out. He calls it a business decision because that's easier to explain to people, but was it really? If it's all about selling seats, then you don't get Edsall.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I am in now way agreeing with the potential hiring of Edsall, but in all fairness lets look at a few things

BARNO: I see how you posted Friedgen's first three years compared to Edsall's...In my opinion that was a stupid assessment and unfair...How about we compare the last four years of each coach

Friedgen (6-7)(8-5)(2-10)(9-4)
Edsall (9-4)(8-5)(8-5)(8-5)

Might I also add that Edsall's team has been to 4 consecutive bowl games, while Maryland has only been to 3 out of the last four years

Despite what everyone may think/believe...In any sports, it is and always will be "What Have You Done For Me Lately" And lately Edsall has been winning, had his team playing against Oklahoma in Arizona Saturday night...So he's not that bad of a coach being that UConn is a Bball school and not known for great players

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 2, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, since we're stuck, I might as well try to put a positive spin on this:

- UConn did make the BCS this year. Yeah, it was from the moribund Big East, but it is still an accomplishment.

-This was a team that, when Ralph came to MD, was D-1AA. To go from a that to BCS game is impressive.

- Edsall's best work was last year, when this team was rocked by tragedy, and still made a bowl game. He was the one who kept the team together.

-Edsall's move could be because he has taken UConn as far as they could go. Perhaps he felt he could do more or recruit better at MD than he could at UConn, so he probably could do a better job.

- Lastly, he is a "safe" choice. There won't be any hints of violations, feuds with ESPN, or any other questionable behavior. He is a classy coach who obviously has the respect of his players.

Will this be enough, though? He had better have a better offensive scheme. He also needs to keep Don Brown. He had better make the most with Friedgen's players, especially DOB. Most importantly, he had better recruit like a mad man in this area and keep the wolves from State College and Blacksburg at bay.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 2, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1
Big crowds would have returned next year with Friedgen still there and with a better home schedule and coming off a 9 win season.


Are you serious??? So because they won 9 games they would have created big turnouts to next season's games??? The past four seasons Maryland's attendance has decreased each season

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 2, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

BARNO: I see how you posted Friedgen's first three years compared to Edsall's...In my opinion that was a stupid assessment and unfair...How about we compare the last four years of each coach

Friedgen (6-7)(8-5)(2-10)(9-4)
Edsall (9-4)(8-5)(8-5)(8-5)

Might I also add that Edsall's team has been to 4 consecutive bowl games, while Maryland has only been to 3 out of the last four years

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 2, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I see that you arbitrarily chose to compare the last 4 years instead of the last 5. Wonder why you did that. Could it be that 5 years ago MD was 9-4 and Champ Sports Bowl winners in a blowout, while UCONN was 4-8?

I love when people criticize others for "stupid stats" then immediately try to cherry pick their own stats to make their argument stronger.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"Bring back President Mote. Bring back Debbie Yow. Bring back Fridge. Fire Kevin Anderson and Low now!"

Barno, you're making decent points today, but this statement has to be hyperbole, right? You know MD is not really going to bring back Fridge, no matter what. You know Anderson will be on the job for at least three years. But maybe we can let Edsall coach a game in CP before calling for complete change of university leadership.

Posted by: Finnucane | January 2, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes, of course they aren't bringing those people back, though I wish it were possible. Debbie Yow, as much as people hated her, would never have had this kind of mess. Actually, knowing Debbie she would have fought to keep Franklin here to succeed Fridge in 2012 if we didn't go to an Orange Bowl in 2011. I wouldn't have necessarily agreed with that...but that's probably how it would have gone down. At least there wouldn't be this mess right now...give Yow that. You can argue she created this with the coach in waiting and I wouldn't disagree.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Barno, I understand that Fridge's supporters have trouble with the fact that Anderson would not give him an extension. My feelings, well documented on this board, was that he deserved the chance to coach next year and earn an extension. But apparently Anderson never saw him as the HC past next year and with the possible loss of several key assistant coaches KA decided to cut the cord. I supported that decision. I am all for the goal of becoming a great program. If we fail to achieve that then it will be on Anderson, because both he and our equally new president have embraced that goal. So let's see what happens. But the bottom line difference we have on this is that I, like the AD, just didn't see Friedgen as the guy that would deliver on the "great." He had 10 years and didn't do it. That's enough time. I blame other things besides the HC, but I also embrace the "greatness" goal and am willing to let the author of that goal, KA, do what he needs to do to deliver it.

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

Chism is confirming (on twitter) that Edsall IS the new coach.

Posted by: Finnucane | January 2, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the biggest joke of a hire. unreal that you would fire Fridge for this joker. Wow,wow is all I can say. I am shocked. There is no positive here, this is a joke of a hire. This AD is playing monopoly with our program. Why have we given this guy so much power?

Posted by: tony28 | January 2, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

why wouldn't he even consider giving Fridge an extension?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 5:46 PM

Do you really think we could have risked keeping a beloved alumnus who just was awarded ACC COY who only won one SB and only one Nat Championship and only one Nat COY, and who only made our football program relevant again? Obviously the great Kevin Anderson did not think it was worth the risk of waiting another 3 years. I mean, let's be honest, Randy Edsell could have moved on to Rutgers by then.

So relieved we kicked the Fridge to the curb to make room for Kevin Anderson's ego...and Randy Edsell?! Truly UN-F'N-BELIEVABLE!!!

Posted by: tomfoley1 | January 2, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Maryland's coach is Edsall. It's a done deal. There was a 6 PM team meeting and players are tweeting that Edsall is the coach. Ugh.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | January 2, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious??? So because they won 9 games they would have created big turnouts to next season's games??? The past four seasons Maryland's attendance has decreased each season

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 2, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I am serious, though you only included half my point. The other half was that there will be a more appealing home schedule next year. That's a factor.

But back to the original point: a 9 win season this year with a young team means bigger pre-season expectations for next year and yes, I think that plays a role in whether people buy season tickets in the off season.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Horrible. Edsel has no upside. If this is the big splash, I would have kept Fridge.

Posted by: Chief2 | January 2, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth: it is January and people are talking about Terps football, not basketball, and Randy Edsall is one of the top ten most searched names on google. At least people are paying attention today (if not in October). Silver lining?

Posted by: Finnucane | January 2, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Barno - revise down to 8 wins. Words cannot express my anger at this hire. Ralph would have won at least 9 with this crew back. With the transition and the bumps along with it, the Terps will take a step back next year.

I am so frustrated and angry at how Anderson tried to make a big move only to make a worse move. I've said from the start, Anderson's ousting of Ralph only makes sense if you bring in a big name like Leach. Edsall isn't a big name.

Yes, he brought UConn from 1-AA to 1-A, but just because he took an 8-4 Uconn team out of the worse BCS conference to a bowl doesn't make him a big name coach.

I've stopped watching the NFL because of Dan Snyder and too many 13-10 football games. Now I'll have to suffer with the same from my Terps.

Terrible. Anderson cannot be fired soon enough just based on how he handled this whole process. Terrible. Poor setting of expectations. Loss of message. Arrogance with his "good to great". Say good bye to 19K season ticket sales next season.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 2, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious??? So because they won 9 games they would have created big turnouts to next season's games??? The past four seasons Maryland's attendance has decreased each season

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 2, 2011

Are you familiar with a little thing called the GREAT RECESSION. It officially started in Dec '07. Hmmm, I wonder if there has been less discretionary spending on luxary items such as LUXARY boxes?!!!

Unfortunately, while on the fed payroll at W Point, KA obviously was sheltered from the effects of the recession and STILL has no appreciation for the major reason why attendance has been declining.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | January 2, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I will be watching the press conference tomorrow and hoping, but not expecting, to see and hear why this hiring decision makes sense. It's going to be a very long wait till next season to be able to watch the actual results. Charlie Weiss is no longer available, not that I would have chosen him, but who he hires as OC will be a huge factor. Not to mix apples and oranges, but as the ACC BB season begins in earnest we could be in for a long January. I'm sure hoping we can win two of those three games vs. Duke, Wake and Nova.

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know if the press conf will be on espn tomorrow

Posted by: carolina1 | January 2, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Randy Edsall? It feels like a bad April Fool's joke. We abandon a loyal alum who brought the program back from oblivion in order to "take the program from good to great", and the reason is Randy Edsall? Explain to me how Edsall is great compared to Ralph's only good. We humiliate one of own for a coach from a mediocre program in a mediocre conference with a mediocre record (one that is considerably worse than Ralph's). How will the hire of an unknown such as Edsall energize the fan base and sell more tickets? Until this year not only had I not heard of Edsall, I hadn't even heard of UConn football. Although I have not liked the way the Fridge has been treated in all of this, I have always assumed that I would renew my season tickets. Until now. Kevin Anderson had better come up with an impressive explanation on how it is not the step backwards that it appears to be, but is actually the difinitive step towards greatness that was the only justification possible for the way Ralph was mistreated. All current season ticket holders that I've spoken to prior to this announcement were really looking forward to next year with O'Brien and the Fridge. If season ticket sales continues to decline after this depressing news, can we get rid of the AD and bring back the Fridge?

Posted by: mostertag | January 2, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

If it is like the last one you can get a link through WaPo and watch online.

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Boringgggggggggggggggg

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 2, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big Twitter guy, but how do you start one of those groups? Is it #FireKevinAnderson? If so, someone needs to start one now. He screwed Leach up, and I fear Gary Williams is next - Anderson is incompetent!!!

Posted by: Highrock1 | January 2, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Really firing the Fridge for Edsall?

Bring on the Air Raid offense of Leach

Posted by: mkbf26 | January 2, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

A few quick thoughts:

Barno--Fridge probably deserved to, at least, finish out his contract. However, if KA had done this, we would have lost a year of recruiting and Fridge would still have to replace half of the staff that JF takes with him.

A three year extension would have killed recruiting and sent the program into a 5 year purgatory. KA's hand was forced when JF went to Vandy.

I would have preferred Leach because highly intelligent men that are slightly looney are always entertaining...and I think he would have won alot of football games. Eventually, he probably would have put his hand in a hornet's nest and gotten fired....it would have been a wild ride while it lasted.

Randy Edsall took UConn from a DII school to a BCS bowl game in 10 years. He built UConn from nothing on $350K per year salary! He can do a lot with nothing. I will be optimistic about this hire if he retains Don Brown as DC.

My only concern is that Edsall is predominately a defense guy and we need to make a good OC hire. I think Edsall will be a good recruiter once he has a real budget to work with.

Keeping Don Brown combined with a good OC hire and Terp football will be in very good shape.

Posted by: larry31 | January 2, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we sold our birthright --Ralph-- for a mess of pottage?

Posted by: terpalleycat | January 2, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Just cancelled my season tickets. Fridge was won of ours, even when going 2-10. Leach has changed college football. He is the most brilliant offensive mind in college football today. I've seen his teams beat Oklahoma and Texas. I've seen Randy Edsall's team be unable to score an offensive touchdown against Oklahoma. My hunch is that Leach, no dummy, and already burned by an unsupportive administration that wanted best pal Tommy Tuberville, will never step into such a position again. Scott Van Pelt said you want a new bike (Leach) for Christmas, not a book. We got socks. Go Terps! Go Gary!

Posted by: flynnie321 | January 2, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

What a disaster! I am just stunned. There is no way that this can be spinned into being a good hire. I understand firing Fridge if you were trying for Leach. I may not agree with it, but I understand the logic. Hiring Edsall makes no sense unless you are trying to alienate the existing fan base and kill the program. Maybe that is what they are trying to do.

Once again history repeats itself at Maryland. In 1956, Maryland let Jim Tatum leave. The result was 16 years of bad football. In 1986, they let Bobby Ross leave. The result was 15 years of bad football. I expect Maryland fans will be picking of the pieces of this debacle for the next 15 years.

Posted by: smitch6087 | January 2, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow mr. clean bailed in the middle of the night! Don't think those 2 1/2 star recruits will work in the ACC and Randy E. Record against ranked opponents a Whopping 1 and 16 oh yeah UCONN has not scored an offensive TD in 8 quarters good luck with him

Posted by: Salcal | January 2, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I say the Pitt sudden firing of their coach scared the UMD administration away from Leach
They wanted no bad publicity when / if Leach was hired, so they took the no risk, safe route.

What do you folks think?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | January 2, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Leach lovers give it up. We hired the right guy. I was against firing Friedgen but if we can't have Ralph, Edsall is the next best thing. Edsall will win with ball control and defense. Thank God they left Leach to go to some desperate School. Passing on every down just does not work in the long term. We did'nt need a big name. Just sound fundamentals and I think we got it. Welcome to College Park Randy. Time to fall in line Terp fans.

Posted by: torope | January 2, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

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