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Posted at 6:02 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Four assistants named to Randy Edsall's staff

By Steve Yanda

Maryland football coach Randy Edsall added four more members to his coaching staff Monday. He announced via a press release issued by the school's athletic department that Greg Gattuso, Lyndon Johnson, David Walker and Andrew Wilson will help him coach the Terrapins.

Gattuso, who spent the past six seasons at Pittsburgh, will serve as the defensive line coach. Walker, who also more recently coached at Pittsburgh, will oversee the running backs. Johnson, who served under Edsall at Connecticut, will coordinate the special teams and coach the outside linebackers. Wilson, another carry-over from Edsall's Connecticut staff, will lead Maryland's strength and conditioning program.

Last week, Edsall announced that defensive coordinator Don Brown and wide receivers coach Lee Hull -- both of whom served under former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen -- will remain with the program.

By Steve Yanda  | January 10, 2011; 6:02 PM ET
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So there is actually going to be a Terrapin Town Hall meeting with Anderson and Edsall. It's scheduled for January 19th at 6:30, but it's in Baltimore and, interestingly, is sponsored and hosted by Under Armour. It's advertised as an "open forum". Hopefully Jess Atkinson will be there and have live streaming video available. Should be a REAL interesting evening.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | January 10, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if anyone from the Post has thought about reporting on committments/decommittments of the Terps recruiting class following all the changes? HINT HINT? Anyone home?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 10, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Truth of the matter is that this town hall meeting is anderson trying to calm kevin plank down..flat out plank wanted leach and kirwin,anderson and his cronies wanted the conservative way...Well if plank and other donors lve where is the fridgen buyout money going to come from..Kirwin crawl bach in your hole and lve athletics alone!!!

I suggest everyone go beacause there will be Fireworks!!! free booze free food = chaos..Anerson you better have some gonads because you are going to need them

Posted by: carolina1 | January 10, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

So Leach just got TTech on probation for 2 years and the program lost some scholarships from some text msgs thing... I was like everyone here and wanted Leach, i drank the Kool Aid too BUT he has baggage. Could it be that KA & Co did their due diligence & got us a the right coach. Lets just get over it and give KA and RE a chance! If they don't win more than 9 games next year THEN we can get back to hating KA & Co... Til then lets get over it.

@TerpfanMA, what part of Ma are you in? I grew up on the Cape... Marquise Wright just decommitted from Pitt last week, guess who recruited him? Our new Dline coach Gattuso. Gattuso also helped Pitt earn a top 10 recruiting class a few years ago. Maybe, just maybe things are not as bad as they seem.

Big up to DOB for making the Freshman All American Team!

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | January 10, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Offfensive coordinator?

Posted by: hfterp | January 10, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Offfensive coordinator?

Posted by: hfterp | January 10, 2011 11:18 PM

I think it was reported that he is bringing his coordinator from UConn which was disappointing...

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 11, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

BMore Sun reported today that 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end from Woodland Hills (Pa.) High, Quinton Jefferson verbaled on Sunday. He is a three-star prospect and the 23rd member of Maryland’s 2011 class.

Posted by: Terps85 | January 11, 2011 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Ryan...we are in Sudbury..about 25 mi west of Boston

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 11, 2011 3:39 AM | Report abuse

I thought Edsall's OC was staying in Conn?

Posted by: CYork1 | January 11, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Are any reporters from the washington post or balt sun going to the MEETING!!!

Posted by: carolina1 | January 11, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Fridge and the 2010 Terps for finishing the season ranked inside the top 25. It was well deserved and a nice way to cap off the season and end the Friedgen era. I don't recall ever being ranked--not for a single week--during the decade before Fridge got here.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | January 10, 2011 10:56 PM |

I think the over/under next year is 11 wins. 10 wins and we'll have disagreement over the moves; 11 wins and it was counterintuitive yet brilliant. 9 wins would be steady state which given the YOUNG talent on the team, would be disappointing. Russ had put out the schedule for next season and it seems to be measurably more difficult than this last season which might not be fair to Edsall, but the moves are about reaching the next level, so heightened expectations are pretty much the consensus on this board. I was going along with 10 wins, but between Russ' overview of next year's schedule and some of TFMA's insights (he was the first to call 11 wins the over/under on this board) I think that the pitchforks get gathered if and when we have a third loss.

VT loses everyone next season so I'm wondering how good they'll be now that they are back on the schedule.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 11, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone else concerned that Edsall looks like an exact clone of Vanderlinden? I mean, physically, looks exactly like him!

Posted by: aviscardo | January 11, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Just to refresh everyone's memory, next year's schedule is:

Towson 9/3/11
Temple 9/24/11
Notre Dame 11/12/11

The other home games include:

WVU, Clemson, UVA, Miami, and BC

The road games are:

FSU, NCSU, Wake, and GaTech

The home slate looks pretty good for next year. The Terps will get a slightly down WVU team with the losses of Devine and Sanders, along with the strange coaching situation. BC could take a step back with lots of senoirs leaving from a top defense. You never know what you'll get from Clemson, but they are losing the best defensive player in the country. Miami could be a disaster next season under Al Golden, but it will all depend on how he handles the QB situation. UVA will be better with another year of London, but that team is likely to be another year or two away from competing for the division title.

The road games could be really tricky. Depending on when the FSU game is schedule, that could end up being for the division title, and you'd have to think the 'Noles will be the ACC favorite going into next season in the second year of Jimbo Fisher. Wake could be better, but I just don't see them making any dramatic improvements without a great QB on the roster, the reason why the were so goo the previous 3 years (Riley Skinner). NCSU will be tough only if Russell Wilson comes back. He's got 3 days to make up his mind, but if he comes back, it becomes a 3-horse race in the Atlantic Division, and with both games against the other 2 top dogs in the division on the road, it will be tough for the Terps. The game at GaTech has Thursday night written all over it, and the Terps don't have a great history on Thursday nights.

The home game at Temple is not a given, but it should be a solid early season test. The game against Notre Dame could be for a BCS birth for both teams, and Notre Dame will be improved in the second year under Brian Kelly.

I think expecting 10 wins would be the watermark for Fridge, but with a new coach, I am hesitant to expect more than 8 next year. They're bound to lose 2 of their roadies, and the Notre Dame matchup could be as pivotal as the Navy game was for the team this year. It will really depend how the schedule lays out, and if they will be able to spread out some of the tough road games (NCSU, FSU, and GaTech).

As far as the staff, I'm impressed with Gattuso, and glad to see a solid assistant on the staff. He will definitely help recruiting in PA, and should improve a young and hungry D-line (one of the glaring weaknesses of this team over the past 3-5 years).

I second the call for information regarding the 2011 recruiting class. The TE decommittment was pretty well-publicised, and the 3-star kid that gave a verbal yesterday (when was the last time Maryland had a kid important enough to run across the bottom line?) is the only news on the recruiting front.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 11, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

If Edsall is keeping Don Brown, why doesn't Brown get to keep his assistants? To me, it doesn't make much sense to bring in a new linebackers coach, a new d-line coach, etc when you're keeping the D-Coordinator.

Should've kept Sollazzo.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else concerned that Edsall looks like an exact clone of Vanderlinden? I mean, physically, looks exactly like him!

Posted by: aviscardo | January 11, 2011 11:47 AM |

I'm more concerned tht Nolan Smith is an exact clone of Griphook from Harry Potter (at least in the face). Just saying.
But yeah, RE does look a lot like Vandy. Similar mannerisms as well.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 11, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"Congrats to the Fridge and the 2010 Terps for finishing the season ranked inside the top 25. It was well deserved and a nice way to cap off the season and end the Friedgen era. I don't recall ever being ranked--not for a single week--during the decade before Fridge got here.


Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 10:58 AM"
-->We were ranked for brief periods of time. But Fridge built the program to a new level, which KA obviously didn't appreciate enough to keep him.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The only time I could even think possible was the beginning of the 1999 season...I believe we started out 3-1. Were we really ranked then tho?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Russ- Thanks for the analysis on the previous thread for your 11 win reasoning. I agree that probably only 4 ACC teams will make the tourney, but I also feel this year that there will be alot of teams near .500 in the conference. In that case the 3 teams (other than Duke will probably have 9 or 10 wins). We'll see how it all plays out.

Hgr- You are starting to worry me...First with the Lord of the Rings reference, and now the Harry Potter one.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 11, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"I think the over/under next year is 11 wins. 10 wins and we'll have disagreement over the moves; 11 wins and it was counterintuitive yet brilliant. 9 wins would be steady state which given the YOUNG talent on the team, would be disappointing."
-->10 wins, not 11. I was against the move, but I think going 11-1 is asking a lot. 9 would be a disappointment, but if they can win their division it's OK. Anything less, the move won't be work worth.

Btw, I'm just factoring in the regular season, not the bowl games and/or ACC Championship.


"Russ had put out the schedule for next season and it seems to be measurably more difficult than this last season which might not be fair to Edsall"
-->It's completely fair, we're asking him to go from "good to great," and to be honest all those games are winnable. We have now ALMOST beat FSU two years in a row. Close doesn't count, but we can compete with them.

The schedule isn't much harder if at all. Is Notre Dame really harder than Navy? Navy beat them by a lot I should remind you. And instead of Florida International, it's Temple, who lost Al Golden who built that program. Towson takes the place of Morgan State, they are still I-AA. Bottomline, is anything status quo (8 REGULAR season wins or less) is a failure. 10 wins is ideal. 11 and the ACC title would make the move worth it(provided they can sustain this level for years to come). Remember Ralph won the ACC in his first year, so we can't just judge Edsall for the first three or so years.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Russ- Thanks for the analysis on the previous thread for your 11 win reasoning. I agree that probably only 4 ACC teams will make the tourney, but I also feel this year that there will be alot of teams near .500 in the conference. In that case the 3 teams (other than Duke will probably have 9 or 10 wins). We'll see how it all plays out.

Hgr- You are starting to worry me...First with the Lord of the Rings reference, and now the Harry Potter one.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | January 11, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I just don't see 9 or 10 wins being enough in the ACC this year. Beat Wake, GaTech, and Clemson is going to LOWER teams' RPIs even if they beat them on the road. Maryland is in an especially difficult situation without a single top 25 win. At least VaTech has a win against OKST, and UNC has the win against UK. The Terps need to stop getting close losses against quality teams, and start getting quality wins. 'Nova is a MUST win on Saturday, or 11 ACC wins and a run in Greensboro is going to be necessary to get the Terps in the big dance.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 11, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Barno,
I stand corrected, I thought they were in 1999. Turns out the last time was 1995.

It is the first foray into the major national top 25 polls for the Terps since Sept. 25, 1995, when Maryland was rated 17th in the country after winning its first four games.

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/093001aaa.html

I think it might have been that I was remembering but thought for some reason it occured under Vandy.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"The game at GaTech has Thursday night written all over it, and the Terps don't have a great history on Thursday nights."
-->Remember the legend of Nick Novak from that Fridge's first year in 2001 against GTech.

"I think expecting 10 wins would be the watermark for Fridge, but with a new coach, I am hesitant to expect more than 8 next year."
-->"Good to great." If you are going to replace a "good" coach with a "great" coach they should be expected to do better. The foundation of program is in pretty good for a team changing coaches. Since DOB is a sophomore, why shouldn't we expect the team to do better? Under your theory, they should've kept Fridge.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The schedule isn't much harder if at all. Is Notre Dame really harder than Navy? Navy beat them by a lot I should remind you. And instead of Florida International, it's Temple, who lost Al Golden who built that program. Towson takes the place of Morgan State, they are still I-AA. Bottomline, is anything status quo (8 REGULAR season wins or less) is a failure. 10 wins is ideal. 11 and the ACC title would make the move worth it(provided they can sustain this level for years to come). Remember Ralph won the ACC in his first year, so we can't just judge Edsall for the first three or so years.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Notre Dame next year is gonig to be harder than Navy was this year. The Terps got to game plan Navy all summer. They don't have that luxury against ND. Also, the second year under a new HC typically is where teams start seeing results. ND will be improved next season, and they were 8-5 this year, despite the loss to Navy. They crushed Utah (granted the week after the Utes lost to TCU), they won at USC, and beat Miami pretty soundly in the Sun Bowl. They play at Wake the week prior and are home the BC the week after they play the Terps, so it's likely they will have a circle around 11/12/11.

I would agree that Temple next year is pretty equivalent to FIU this past season and the same goes for Towson and Morgan. However, having to go on the road and play NCSU and FSU is HUGE. Those two along with Maryland are likely to be the teams fighting for the division, and the Terps will have to take on both team away from Byrd. The Terps have never won a Doak Campbell, and FSU looks to be even better than they were this past season. The game in Raliegh will come down to whether or not Russell Wilson enters the draft. GaTech is an upgrade over Duke, especially since the game is almost a lock for Thursday night primetime. Miami is an unknown, but with the game at Byrd, it should help the Terps.

Next year's schedule is very tough, and depending on how good the ACC is next season (looking like a conference that might get 2 BCS teams next season), the Terps could be playing the toughest schedule in the nation next year.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 11, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Coaches and AD's aside, terps sports has been and always will be about the players. I know those kids are damn proud of a final 23 ranking in the AP to finish the season. And the fact that Terps were ranked ahead of NC State is a true referendum on this team's performance moreso than the arbitrary actions of bowl committees and self-serving AD's.

Btw- the terrapin club town hall meeting is full (limited to 300 people). Nice "grass roots" effort anderson/edsall. Way to meet the masses.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | January 11, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Notre Dame next year is gonig to be harder than Navy was this year. The Terps got to game plan Navy all summer. They don't have that luxury against ND. Also, the second year under a new HC typically is where teams start seeing results. ND will be improved next season, and they were 8-5 this year, despite the loss to Navy. They crushed Utah (granted the week after the Utes lost to TCU), they won at USC, and beat Miami pretty soundly in the Sun Bowl. They play at Wake the week prior and are home the BC the week after they play the Terps, so it's likely they will have a circle around 11/12/11."
-->Notre Dame will probably be improved, but they are not the same dynasty they were 40 years ago. Also, I don't put too much relevance into bowl games especially non-BCS ones, Miami was playing without a head coach.


"However, having to go on the road and play NCSU and FSU is HUGE. Those two along with Maryland are likely to be the teams fighting for the division, and the Terps will have to take on both team away from Byrd. The Terps have never won a Doak Campbell, and FSU looks to be even better than they were this past season."
-->NC State should be beatable with or without Wilson, although tougher if they have him. FSU is without Ponder and we played them competitively the past two years including at FSU.


"Next year's schedule is very tough, and depending on how good the ACC is next season (looking like a conference that might get 2 BCS teams next season), the Terps could be playing the toughest schedule in the nation next year."
-->Russ you make many valid points, but you lost me here. This is the ACC , NOT the SEC. The only worse BCS conference is the Big East. And not to mention, it's relatively speaking weak out-of-conference schedule, none of those teams ended the year in the top 25, we did. WVU is under a transition, ND is not the super-power they used to be, and Temple should be a win, and Towson speaks for itself. We should go 4-0 frankly with ND basically a home game and WVU at Byrd.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE the Nolan Smith ref to Lord of the Rings lol, is it me or does Duke seem to have a player every year that looks like their mascot! HGR that was pretty damn funny!

I think our boys are in for a challenging season next year. Russ gave a good break down of the 2011 schedule, can you do that for the recruiting class since nobody on the Post seems to care... Why is it that the Balt Sun seems to write more about the Terps than the Post? Can anyone skool me on that? It will be interesting to see how the boys are next year. I hope the only mobb in CP next year is after they clinch the ACC!

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | January 11, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Coach Friedgen and the team for finishing in the Top 25. Coach of the year in the ACC, 9 wins, Top 25. Nice way to finish his career at Maryland. Of course he deserved better treatment at the hands of the new Maryland Athletic department regime. A done deal now, but not soon forgotten. Hope Edsall does well and we fully support him and his team. That doesn't change the UM administration including Anderson, but no one was crazy about Yow either as I recall. I'm glad they got a well grounded coach like Edsall. Maryland may not see the top 25 for quite some years, so it was good to get there this year under Ralph.

Posted by: bfjam | January 11, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

We should go 4-0 frankly with ND basically a home game and WVU at Byrd.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse


Oh lawdy lawd you md foosball fans are funny.

Put up a positive rushing total on a team 1 yard or better and then talk about beating them next year.

Posted by: Stu27 | January 11, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"Next year's schedule is very tough, and depending on how good the ACC is next season (looking like a conference that might get 2 BCS teams next season), the Terps could be playing the toughest schedule in the nation next year."
-->Russ you make many valid points, but you lost me here. This is the ACC , NOT the SEC. The only worse BCS conference is the Big East. And not to mention, it's relatively speaking weak out-of-conference schedule, none of those teams ended the year in the top 25, we did. WVU is under a transition, ND is not the super-power they used to be, and Temple should be a win, and Towson speaks for itself. We should go 4-0 frankly with ND basically a home game and WVU at Byrd.

Posted by: break20 | January 11, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The ACC is going to be really good next year. FSU is going to be superb next year, and don't think just because Ponder left, the offense is going to struggle. EJ Manuel, who led the come-from-behind victory against Clemson, is probably more difficult to defend with his running ability. Clemson is a big question mark, and NCSU is an unknown, but looks to be better even without Wilson in a make or break season for Tom O'Brien. VaTech will have another strong year even though they're losing a lot of experience. GaTech will be back with the triple option and a QB that can actually run it efficiently. UNC could be the class of the Coastal division, and Miami, with a smooth coaching transition, could be near the top of that division too. I think there's a good chance that the ACC will have 2 BCS teams next year, and it's possible both of them will come from the Atlantic Division.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 11, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Any comparisons to Nolan Smith and LOTR and H Potter characters first came from my kids....who seem to enjoy seeing me rail at him and tend to join in. I taught them the U-G-L-Y chant for when he was shooting FTs ("who the one that made you that way?"). They've come up with a few characters from kid's shows that aren't worth mentioning as Nolan Smith lookalikes (ok, the Count from Sesame Street is kinda spot-on).

In terms of the Sun vs the Post and Terps coverage - the Terps seem far more important to Baltimore (metro) than they are for DC metro, regardless of CP's location inside the DC beltway. There is more Terps coverage on TV and sports radio in Baltimore. There seem to be a ton of Terp fans who did not attend who follow out here.

Remember also the list of names post-Keith Booth who have rolled through the program from Baltimore. And they don't have pro-basketball (we did steal the Bullets from them) I'm certain that many folks from Baltimore would say the same thing about DC. Regardless, the Sun has frequent and insightful Terps coverage which is appreciated. But the comments on the Sun website are amateurish compared to this lot. Seriously.

Nice to be ranked in the end of season poll. Real nice. Another RF accomplishment to remember him by.

11 wins is the over/under in my book. I understand the challenge of getting to 8 wins but the program HAS to reach the next level, out of the gates. The talent is there, the depth is there, and allegedly a better coach is there to lead us to the BCS. If you replace an icon (a la Tony Dungy) who has been winning for you, the next guy better bring home championships.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 11, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, I'm sorry you are forced to know so much about Harry Potter.

Gotta agree that 11 wins for FB should be the goal, shoot it should be the goal every year.

I'd love to see the BBall team get 11 ACC wins this year. Dunno if that's gonna happen considering our current ACC record. I cringed when I read that someone would be happy if we backed into the NCAA tourney again this year. Other than a year or 2, that seems to be the way we've gotten into the NCAA's every year since the title. Enough already.

Oh and Fargo, I'm all for peace and love but at the same time I find the timing your olive-branch offering interesting, to say the least, since it seems to directly coincide with my full return. Also, at the same time why should you be allowed to constantly question the fandom of others, implying some who you disagree with to be fakey-fans, or as you put it, "bandwagoners" and "the worst kind of fans that UMD could have"? Also, why should you be allowed to constantly call other people "idiots," "morons," etc. and call peoples posts "idiotic," "moronic," etc.

The way I look at it, how we're viewed by most on this blog, in terms of WWF, you're the good guy and I'm the heel

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 11, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Terps athletic department does not list an OC, so the matter is still open.

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/coaching_staff.html

For what it's worth, the staff looks younger than Ralph's staff. Edsall needs to hire a good OC. I don't think I want his guy from UConn. I'm going to sleep just thinking about UConn's offense.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 11, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect any exciting times with
Edsall. Under his so-called leadership UConn lost to Temple and did not score an offensive touchdown in their last two games. He is lucky that Ralph Friedgen left him a decent roster. I remember when the Baltimore Colts slipped out in the middle of the night. Isn't that what Edsall just did. A classless act then and a classless act now Randy. How long before the rumors start that he is being considered for ??????????. A very over rated coach. Just look at the record closely..........

Posted by: J56D | January 11, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

OMG. For the uninitiated, that’s: OH-MY-GOD!! Where is the outrage? Where are the characteristic riots in College Park? Hasn't this sunk in? We fired Fridge, COY, who merely guided OUR team to a third place conference finish, a blow-up of ECU in the Mil. Bowl and #23 finish using a FRESHMAN All-American, for a guy (bless him) who didn't finish with his team in the top 25!!!??? Whaa? Huh?? Sizzle? POOF!!!
Oh the HUMANITY!!!!
So let's start the poll now. How many think Maryland in 2011 will go 2-10, 3-9, 4-8, 5-7, 6-6, 7-5, 8-4, 9-3, 10-2...? Let the speculation begin!!

Posted by: MrCrabbyPatty | January 11, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

We shall see Crabby, we shall see

The Good: He inherits the major components of a team that finished #23 at 9-4

The Bad: He replaces a prematurely fired coach who exceeded anything he has done in almost every measureable category and walks into a tougher schedule, with the reputation for a boring offense...not exactly the ticket for increased fan attendance

The Ugly: If he doesnt do better than Fridge (most people assume Fridge would at least equal last years record), both he and KA are gonna have some splainin to do...I havent looked closely at 2011 sched but we should have a pretty clear idea by Oct

I would LOVE to attend the upcoming meeting...KA owes us the truth about what went down...up until this point it doesnt add up

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 11, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Along with the Notre Dame game being played at FedEx (basically a home game...although ND fills it up wherever they go), Edsall has coached against Brian Kelly. As far as I can determine, Edsall was 1-1 against him in the Big East(40-16 W in 2008 @UConn, 47-45 L @Cincy in 2009). So Edsall knows Kelly's offensive scheme quite well.

WVU switches offensive schemes with the new OC from OKSt. They might not have the personnel to run that offense too well next year. Their QB is a pocket passer, but I don't know if they have 4 WRs who can spread the field. Having just seen that offense against ECU (Holgromsen was a Leach disciple, and ECU's coach was TTU's DC), the MD players will feel confident they can stop it.

If Russell Wilson leaves, it won't be to the NFL. It will be for baseball, so we won't know until the end of the year if he's coming back to NCSt. The GT game in ATL looks like a loss, but again, MD played Navy last year, who runs the same offense. Granted they don't have 4 weeks to prepare for it, but the players will be familiar with how to stop it.

I expect a preseason Top 20 ranking with what MD has coming back just on the O side alone. Ralph would have won at least 10 games next year, so I think that's where the expectation should be. Edsall has too much coming back, too much speed on the D, too much talent at the skill positions to expect less than 10 wins. 8 wins won't cut it.

Two years from now, they'll be even better.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 11, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Poopy/Dixon,

The olive branch offer is only good if you are going to be genuine about it. Whining about me calling you an idiot or a moron in the past is disingenuous when you often call people racists. Not to mention your screen name is, well, a mockery of a family's dead dog.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Russ,
You have to be completely delusional to think they could have the second toughest schedule in the nation.

Posted by: break20 | January 12, 2011 2:05 AM | Report abuse

ESPN has a top 25 for 2011 up this morning. The Terps are not on the list.

I wonder why that is? My best guess is because we have some under qualified, never accomplished anything, loser of an athletic director who fires the 9-4, ACC coach of the year. A coach whose team was set to possibly have the biggest and best season that this program has EVER had. Now, our rare opportunity, becomes a season of coaching transition.

I compare this to a hypothetical scenario dating back to the Terps championship in basketball. It's like firing Gary Williams right after he reached the final four in 2001. That team was loaded headed into 2002...and never would have won the championship if they had hired a different coach.

I'm not saying we would have won a national championship next year with Fridge as the coach. But an appearance in the ACC championship and the Orange Bowl was a high probability...now lost because of this dipshit, no name, lying sob of an athletic director.

FU Kevin Anderson. FU.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | January 12, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Amen. Anyone wondering why we aren't ranked/expected to be as good next year...H1 just explained exactly why.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

People, look at this in an informed way. Frist, Fridge should have been fired last year. Second, when Franklin left, everything changed. Half Fridge's staff left with him. How was Fridge supposed to organize a staff and attract assistants with only one year left on his contract?

The bottom line is that Fridge wasn't filling the stands. Everybody assumed Leach was going to be hired but now with the news that he and his staff committed violations, it doesn't seem like KA made a mistake with Edsall. Perhaps Edsall is not the hire that people wanted; he doesn't have the offense that Leach has, clearly. But, if he hires an exciting, competent OC then what exactly is wrong with this hiring? He has kept core components of the defense, which shows that he is willing to cede his defensive philosophy to Brown, who everybody on this board pretty much loves.

Instead of complaining incessantly, how about we, as a fan base, get behind our new coach and allow this to play out before jumping to conclusions?

I also don't understand the comparisons to what he did at UCONN. The situation is different, he will have more talented players at MD assuming he can recruit them. Keep in mind that he had to build UCONN from nothing, so he wouldn't have been able to bring in the recruits that he can potentially bring in to UM.

Take a freaking breath, people.

Posted by: CYork1 | January 12, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Cyork1,

You conveniently overlook the fact that Anderson could easily have given Friedgen an extension. Even the biggest Fridge-haters would have understood the move, as the reigning ACC coach of the year coming off a 9 win season with a freshman qb and tons of talent coming back would need an extension for recruiting purposes and to re-build the staff after Franklin left. So to answer your rhetorical question of how a man is supposed to organize a staff with one year on a contract: simple, give him an extension.

"People, look at this in an informed way. Frist, Fridge should have been fired last year."

As for this, I suppose a case could have been made for Gary Williams to be fired back in 2000. After another embarrassing 2nd round loss, this one by 35 points, he simply couldn't get deeper into the tourney no matter how many times we made it. He had "maxed out" at Maryland. Took a program in shambles and turned it around into a "good but not great" program, but it wasn't going anywhere past that. It was time for our AD to find someone who could take the Terps to the next level, and Gary "should have been fired" that year. Thankfully though, we had an AD who wasn't as inexperienced, impatient, and incompetent as our current AD, and Gary wasn't fired despite what some fans wanted.

Sure, it's a little bit of apples and oranges because Gary never had that 2-10 type season at UMD and there weren't as many fans calling for his head then as there were calling for Fridge's a year ago. But there are some similarities and I'm just thankful Gary wasn't fired by an incompetent AD a year before our first final four and 2 years before our first national championship. We were headed for big things next year and beyond with Friedgen at the helm...now, I'm not so sure.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"Second, when Franklin left, everything changed. Half Fridge's staff left with him. How was Fridge supposed to organize a staff and attract assistants with only one year left on his contract?"
-->Don't you think if his contract was extended, that half of his staff(save for maybe a promotion or two) would've stayed instead of going to the cellar-dwellar Vandy in the SEC. KA did have that option, he chose not to do that. And coming off of a 9-4 with ACC FOY and most of the team returning, I don't think it would've been difficult to recruit a good coaching staff. But let's be realistic here, we will NEVER pay assistants what Florida, Texas, Auburn, etc do PERIOD, no matter who the coach is.

Posted by: break20 | January 13, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Break,
Don Brown would've stayed had Fridge been offered an extension. He is the only assistant I care about and the only one that would've been hard to replace. How do I know this? Cause Don Brown stayed with Edsall! What is a better job: 1) Going to Vandy and most likely getting canned after three years? 2) Staying at UMd with Ralph with a team that is stacked next year and is set for years to come?

Posted by: aviscardo | January 13, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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