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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Don Brown, Lee Hull to remain on Maryland coaching staff

By Steve Yanda

Update No. 1 with Edsall confirming: 1:43 p.m.

Update No. 2 with Francis's Twitter item: 2:57 p.m.

Update No. 3 with Maryland confirming: 6:20 p.m.

Don Brown and Lee Hull will remain members of Maryland's football staff under new coach Randy Edsall, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Edsall confirmed that Brown and Hull will be retained as Terrapins assistants Tuesday afternoon in an interview on ESPN 980. The Maryland athletic department confirmed the news in a press release issued Tuesday evening.

Brown has served as Maryland's defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Hull has been Maryland's wide receivers coach for the past three seasons.

The remainder of Edsall's staff is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, according to Maryland's press release.

Edsall told the holdovers from Friegden's staff on Sunday that he plans to bring Connecticut assistants Joe Moorhead (offensive coordinator/QBs) and Lyndon Johnson (special teams coordinator/outside LBs) on board to his Maryland staff, according to the source.

The source said Edsall also had planned to hire Terry Richardson, who had served as Connecticut's running backs coach. But Richardson accepted on Monday a position as Miami's running backs coach under Al Golden.

Tuesday afternoon, Maryland defensive lineman A.J. Francis Tweeted "All the coaches that are leaving, we love y'all man.... Coach Sea-Mo, Lempa, Bratton, & Sollazzo," referring to linebackers coach Al Seamonson, safeties coach Kevin Lempa, offensive line coach Tom Brattan and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Dave Solazzo.

By Steve Yanda  | January 4, 2011; 12:53 PM ET
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Comments

I was hoping that we'd see a different OC, but it's encouraging that Brown is staying as DC.

Posted by: CYork1 | January 4, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

RE just landed his first and most important "recruit" in Don Brown. At least the defense will continue to be exciting.
I'm looking forward to hearing some quotes from DOB after he gets some time with his new OC.
Does anyone know if Verizon FIOS carries CSN plus?

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 4, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Now the big question that remains is whether Edsell will let Don Brown continue to run his aggressive style of defense or if he will try and reign him in.

Posted by: AdoptedTerp | January 4, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Best. News. Ever.

I can't imagine Don Brown would come back if he wasn't allowed to "finish what I started". I think it is safe to say now that Kenny Tate will probably stay for his last year.

Posted by: jmolina77 | January 4, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Keeping Don Brown is great for Maryland! Expecting Maryland to add at least one or two 4s to the recruiting class.

Posted by: hfterp | January 4, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Hartford Courant is reporting that Moorhead is staying at UCONN. Let's hope the Courant is right.

http://dc.sbnation.com/maryland-terrapins/2011/1/4/1912307/randy-edsall-maryland-footbal-coach-hired-win

Posted by: fushezzi | January 4, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

How about the perpetually enthusiastic Dave Sollazzo?

Posted by: 141stvb | January 4, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Gotta keep Sollazzo (though I am not sure he wants to stay. He has been with Fridge for a long time).

Dixon, yes Fios carries CSN+, it's channel 1 I believe.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

How about we hire back Fridge as OC? I know this would never happen but seems like a good idea on paper.

Posted by: CYork1 | January 4, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Let me rephrase, I know this would never happen, but it would be a heck of a staff, freeing Fridge to call plays and Edsall to recruit.

Posted by: CYork1 | January 4, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Smart move to retain Brown (or get him to agree to stay). Brown coached against Edsall as UConn was moving up from 1-AA, so they know each other and probably well.

I also like Hull staying. He recruited well, and MD is loaded at WR.

If it's true that Moorehead is staying at UConn, that's a bit of good news/bad news. Edsall needs to complete his staff ASAP for recruiting purposes. UConn's offense was horrid, but at least is was a known.

MD has athletes to get the ball over the field. Standford run a pro-style offense, but did anyone notice how they got the ball over the field last night against VT. So Edsall can maintain his preference for a pro-style offense, but he needs an OC with a little imagination. I didn't see that from Moorehead.

Who knows.

Wake me up in March.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 4, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The only piece of good news that has floated up out of this slop. I was not a Don Brown supporter at the end of last year, and I'm still not a huge fan of all the personnel substitutions he makes, even when the other team is playing no-huddle. However, it was clear the players just needed a year under the complicated system to run it effectively. I can only imagine what this defense would look like if they had some SEC-type speed at linebacker.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 4, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Once, just once, I'd like to see Don Brown's defense show blitz and back out of it.

I'm not sure why Brown gets so much credit. Defense gave up 22 ppg this year, solidly in the middle of the pack in the offensively-challenged ACC.

Posted by: caphillterp | January 4, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Echo Russ.

Status of special teams coaches?

kicker & punter situation (beyond Ferrara)? Huge hole and kickers make or break new coaches.

It also looks like DOB is in support of RE which technically was the first bit of good news post-RF- getting-fired.

So we still have great RBs, but we did all year without any one of them emerging as a star...I was hoping to see Scott return to his form from 2008. Meggett seemed to be our overall best runner until the RFK game.

this whole drama made us forget one major thing...it clouded it completely....howsabout Scott's repeat performance in a bowl game?

we won a bowl game, a guy who looked like a star a few years ago PLAYED like a star as we delivered a beating in a bowl game....and we didn't get to savor it, much less enjoy it with the cloud over the program.

But it was good news too. So maybe technically that was the first bit of good news.

But the is is clearly the right move to make-keeping the defensive staff.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 4, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Once, just once, I'd like to see Don Brown's defense show blitz and back out of it.

I'm not sure why Brown gets so much credit. Defense gave up 22 ppg this year, solidly in the middle of the pack in the offensively-challenged ACC.

Posted by: caphillterp | January 4, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

They give up points and yards, but they generate turnovers, which can be back-breakers for college offenses. They were 9th in the nation in INTs and tied for fourth in the nation in INT returns for TDs. The Saints last year had one of the best TO defenses (#2 behind Green Bay), but gave up a lot of yards (#25) and points (#20) at the same time. That defense (along with an all-world QB) helped lead the Saints to a championship.

Another year in this scheme, and this might be one of the top defenses in the country.

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

caphillterp-

From Jeff Barker at the Baltimore Sun:

Under returning D. Brown, Terps 2nd in ACC in turnover margin at plus-15. Maryland was also second in red zone defense, behind only Miami

Posted by: CYork1 | January 4, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, I will give Edsall kudos for this move. These guys know each other and speak the same language. My guess is they have talked through their philosophies and schemes and are on the same page. I am very worried about the offense. Maybe it's good that Hull is in the mix with the offensive staff but Moorhead is the key. If he does stay at UConn that will be interesting. If he comes to Maryland then reading DOB's reaction will be an early indicator of what we are in for. Interesting that the running backs coach, Richardson, is going to Miami. He does have a very good track record and our guys probably would have been well off with him.

Posted by: petecard | January 4, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

We need to keep Al Seamonson as well but seeing that he has a LBs coach/special teams, that might not work out. But they should have two separate coaches for LBs and then Special Teams.

Solazzo would be a good choice as well to keep continuity. He should be able to find a good offensive coordinator though seeing the talent and knowing they want to run a pro-style offense.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | January 4, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

While Solazzo was a visible member of the staff, the word was that he was all bark and no bite. He may have been the recruiting coordinator in title, Franklin was in charge, and the closer.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 4, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure why Brown gets so much credit" -caphillterp

Newsflash to Caphillterp: Don Brown's defense was 38th overall in the nation in PPG, 9th in interceptions, 3rd in interceptions returned for a TD, 10th in the nation in passes defended, 29th in sack total yards lost. Now, compare these kinds of stats to the previous year--his first year here--and tell me he shouldn't get credit.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Note to Randy Edsall: Jump on those kids who have verballed to Michigan. We should be able to pluck one of them. Any truth to the rumor of Mike leach to Michigan? jk.

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

Barno-
Better yet...pull up some of Chris Cosh's numbers while at MD. We'd all be kneeling to Don Brown and what he's creating here.

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

I don't believe anything until is official.

Posted by: pbterp1 | January 4, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Barno, as usual, reveling in mediocrity. 38th in the nation, you say? Nothing says success like being in the 76th percentile. Nice pull on the "passes defended" and "sack total yards lost" stats, by the way. Those are huge measuring sticks. What a dope.

My bigger point is that Edsall has had defensive success and to retain Brown seems duplicative. This year, UConn's defense ranked 22nd overall, had the same number of forced turnovers and returns for TD as UMd. Maybe the melding of the defensive minds will result in a TCU-style defense next year, but the pessimism that has settled over me since the Edsall hire makes me instead think we're heading for a lot of butting of heads next year.

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

Any thoughts at all on tonights game?

Hope to see good FT shooting at the very least from the team.

Regards-

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 4, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Forget about stats with Don Brown- what I found most impressive was the fact that he seemed to make great adjustments at the half. There were multiple games that teams came out and looked like they were gonna torch the D- a red zone stop here or there, a turnover, next thing you know its halftime, and the D would shut them down the rest of the way. Coordinator has to get credit for that

Posted by: asnis715 | January 4, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Those are huge measuring sticks. What a dope.

My bigger point is that Edsall has had defensive success and to retain Brown seems duplicative. This year, UConn's defense ranked 22nd overall, had the same number of forced turnovers and returns for TD as UMd. Maybe the melding of the defensive minds will result in a TCU-style defense next year, but the pessimism that has settled over me since the Edsall hire makes me instead think we're heading for a lot of butting of heads next year.

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

It never ceases to amaze me how far some people will reach to try to find some kind of statistic that proves their point. caphillterp is a perfect example. He wants Don Brown gone because as he claims "UConn's defense ranked 22nd overall." Nevermind the fact that UConn's defense actually gave up MORE yards per game than the Terps, while only allowing 2.5 points per game less against a considerably weaker schedule.

Caphillterp, you offer absolutely nothing to this board. You don't attend Terps games. All you do is complain. Why don't you do us all a favor and take a time out until next season.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 4, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure cut-and-pasto should be telling anyone to go away for a year. Worsto, aren't you supposed to be boycotting by now?

I'm with caphillterp in that I didn't particularly care if brown stayed. Edsall is a defensive guy and has been successful at being a defensive guy. It's possible that he and brown butt heads and it's possible they'll be on the same page. Either way, once Maryland hired Edsall, defense wasn't the concern. Offense is the issue. I'm scared by mid-October we're going to be longing for endless wide receiver screens from Franklin. I saw a few UConn games this year and the offense ranged from poor to piss-poor. They played verrrry conservative. Just because the run game is decent doesn't mean you call run in every key situation. Very worried that we will see some shackles on the O.

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

Nerdo1, apart from the fact that I never said I wanted Brown gone (I just questioned whether it was such a big deal that he stay), you retain the title as the biggest hypocrite who ever posted on this board. Do you lack so much self-awareness that you can say something like "It never ceases to amaze me how far some people will reach to try to find some kind of statistic that proves their point" immediately after digging for passes defended and sack yardage stats? And then you chastise me for using one the same stats (ppg) that you used to justify Brown's retention? I love it.

petecard and epdaly are right to be concerned about the offense. Moorhead staying at UConn is a small piece of good news that we can take out of this situation.

Posted by: caphillterp | January 4, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Glad Brown is staying. I think Solazzo should become the coach of the cheerleaders. To me he seemed out of control and way over the edge. Looks like he was doing what he was doing to get some face time on tv. So far I am very pleased with Edsall. Seems like many fans need to be on suicide watch with their down in the dumps, negative postings. And by the way, it is only a game! Go down to Walter Reed and see some of our young wounded warriors who are, in many cases, the same age or younger than our Maryland football players. Now that is real life, not a game!

Posted by: gman2 | January 4, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

GET RID OF DAVE SOLAZZO!! He has done NOTHING with players along the Dline and only rants and raves with lunacy. He also put MD in the recruiting hole by taking players with no talent in the kid from Northwest and others while working with Ralph to pass on players like Slaton. Solazzo must go!

Posted by: leed191195 | January 4, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

No LJ Sr as DC? Wow.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 4, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Should have recruited Larry Johnson SR from Penn St

Posted by: dahduke2 | January 4, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Should have recruited Larry Johnson SR from Penn St

Posted by: dahduke2 | January 4, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

dixon-ComcastPlus is on Verizon and uses, I believe, channel 334. Channel 1 is for MASN, for example when both the O's and Nats are playing.

Posted by: fellowfan | January 5, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

This was Edsall's first win as Maryland's coach. If he had lost Don Brown folks would have become more enraged.

http://actanonverba10.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/edsalls-first-win/

Posted by: theotherripken8 | January 5, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed watching the ECU game offensively. I think the RB coach called the game for us? Where did he end up?

Posted by: jbeard32 | January 5, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I would of liked to see Terry Richardson come to CP and help develop our RB's like he did in Storrs but it looks like he'd rather be home in Miami. Good choice on keeping DB though. Now lets see what RE can do on the recruiting trail...

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | January 5, 2011 10:59 AM | 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 n the last day.. Yours truly one of them! He was a coneection with lots of the players in thye 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 proram.

I can tell all you fans out the and me that this whole dram was an insult to Maryalnd 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 3:57 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 n the last day.. Yours truly one of them! He was a coneection with lots of the players in thye 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 dram 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 4:14 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 took 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 that I have recieved in the last day.. Yours truly one of them! He was a conection 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 foundation for a strong program.

I can tell all you fans out the and myslef included that this whole drama was an insult to Maryland Athletics. And for a lot of ex players that were ticket holders 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 4:16 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 took 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 that I have recieved in the last day.. Yours truly one of them! He was a conection 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 foundation for a strong program.

I can tell all you fans out the and myslef included that this whole drama was an insult to Maryland Athletics. And for a lot of ex players that were ticket holders 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 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Getting rid of Sollazzo was a big mistake! I played for the Terps when Roy Lester was let go and Claiborne 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. Sollazzo took a kid that no one recruited Joe Vellano and made him an 2nd Team All ACC as a sophomore.. Not bad.
I can tell you this there are a lot of Ex Terp players that are Livid about letting Sollazzo go at least 100 from the count on one of the last steaming emails that I have received in the last day.. Yours truly one of them! He was a connection 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 foundation 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 7, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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