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Posted at 7:19 PM ET, 01/ 2/2011

How do you feel about the Randy Edsall hire?

By Matt Bonesteel

It's official: Maryland has hired Connecticut Coach Randy Edsall as its football coach, replacing Ralph Friedgen. From perusing the comments here and on various message boards, this does not seem to be a very popular hire with the faithful.

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 2, 2011; 7:19 PM ET
 
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Comments

What on earth happened here?

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 2, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Those not supporting this hire, are uneducated half-wits.

Randy Edsall is a defensive coach with a fantastic coaching pedigree. Edsall is a protege’ of Tom Coughlin, having coached under him at both Syracuse and Boston College. Coach Edsall then spent three seasons with the Jax Jaguars, before serving a year under George O’Leary at GaTech, where he was the DC of a 11-2 squad. Edsall then took a Division I-AA School (UConn) to Division I-A, where he has not only had an overall winning record (74-70) in 12 season, but since joining the Big East (7 Seasons), he has been to a bowl game in 5 of those seasons (3-2 Record) and won the Big East Championship twice. Considering what he accomplished at UConn, one had to think he can do a fabulous job at Maryland. Coach Edsall is a MUCH better choice than Leach, and ESPECIALLY Malzahn. If you don't like this hire, you are not a fan of championship football.

Posted by: sullyzz | January 2, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Whats he ever won ? His uconn team got blasted.

Posted by: bryjen48 | January 2, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Like I said before..... BORING! At best it is a lateral move. (And a note to Mr. Edsall, please don't bring your offensive coordinator with you.) I can say one thing, I am NOT excited but rather bewildered by it all...

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 2, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ebitda | January 2, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

We hired the most qualified candidate for the job. Edsall is on the rise, he took a Div II school to a BCS game in 7 years. He is a coach without the baggage of a Leach and better values (like Friedgen). I was against firing Fridge but we seem to have taken the high road here. It is so much of a relief that we will not be passing on every down next year and this guy stresses defense. A strong defense and ball control will take the Terp farther in the long run. I was not a Kevin Anderson fan as of yesterday but the guy is growing in my view (not an easy task for him). As a Terp fan and season ticket holder I say lets fall in line behind Randy Edsall and give him our support. Welcome to College Park Randy. Glad you are here.

Posted by: torope | January 2, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

i'm not renewing my season tix... this is a bs hire... "strategic business decision" my ass!!! edsall better win 10 and go to a bcs bowl in his 1st year... anderson sux!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 2, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This makes absolutely no sense. If you were going to make the "safe" hire, why fire the Fridge in the first place? This is not an upgrade (despite what sullyzz has to say). Oh, and by the way, I'm not an uneducated half-wit. I'm fairly well educated and have at least three quarters of a wit by any objective measure...

Posted by: truke | January 2, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This is not a perfect hire, but it's a damn good one. Edsall took a D2 team to D1. UCon is in Stoors CT, a pint sized nothing of a town. He was able to build a program through recruiting and lead it to four bowls and a few Big East titles. He did this running a clean program. In 12 years he turned a D2 into a very legit D1 BCS bowl player. True UConn got crushed last night, but they are still UConn and not yet at a SEC or BIG 10 or even ACC level program.

I would have liked to see Ralph stay, but this is a good sign for the future of MD football.

Posted by: tzj20874 | January 2, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

400k (edsall's uconn buyout) plus 2.5 mil (fridge's buyout) equals 2.9 million in the hole!!! anderson is an a$$clown!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 2, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe I am saying this but i am agreeing with SirPelleas...what happened here? Good luck to the new coach and G-d speed to Fridge.

Posted by: generalike | January 2, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Those not supporting this hire, are uneducated half-wits.

Randy Edsall is a defensive coach with a fantastic coaching pedigree. Edsall is a protege’ of Tom Coughlin, having coached under him at both Syracuse and Boston College. Coach Edsall then spent three seasons with the Jax Jaguars, before serving a year under George O’Leary at GaTech, where he was the DC of a 11-2 squad. Edsall then took a Division I-AA School (UConn) to Division I-A, where he has not only had an overall winning record (74-70) in 12 season, but since joining the Big East (7 Seasons), he has been to a bowl game in 5 of those seasons (3-2 Record) and won the Big East Championship twice. Considering what he accomplished at UConn, one had to think he can do a fabulous job at Maryland. Coach Edsall is a MUCH better choice than Leach, and ESPECIALLY Malzahn. If you don't like this hire, you are not a fan of championship football.
Posted by: sullyzz | January 2, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Edsel is 1-16 against ranked ranked teams and his recruiting at UCONN was pathetic. His recruiting class this past season was significantly worse than Maryland's recruiting class. Maryland was coming of a 2-10 and had a coach with a lot of uncertainty. According to the recruiting rankings by scout.com, UCONN has not had a 4* recruit since 2007. Maryland had 9 4* recruits since then and people have been critical of Maryland's recruiting in recent years

Posted by: Chief2 | January 2, 2011 7:58 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 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson must have signed up a couple of accounts here thats the only way I can understand people defending this move. Depressing for all Terps fans.

Posted by: JDP_ | January 2, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Well,they made a safe and good hire.Randy is a good character coach,on the way up and I hope he keeps Don Brown for one more year.I still say AD Anderson handled the firing badly,but he still might want to lay low for awhile judging by the disappointment of all the Leach supporters.Nice try,Texans.

Posted by: worcsterguy | January 2, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Matt Bonesteel wins for the most "obvious poll of the day"!

For all of Anderson's big talk and posturing, he's nothing more than a corporal in the Cowardly Army of UMD Administrators. He oversold and under-delivered. He failed to manage expectations. He failed to drive the message. He spoke of business decisions and made a bad one.

So here's what Randy Edsall has inherited: A completely furious fan base over Ralph's fire and over Leach's non-hire. Yippie for him! Where did those 19k season tickets go?

You can't blame him. He's getting a raise and a modest upgrade in programs. He's getting a team that had only 9 seniors on its 2 deep this year. He gets DOB, 5 OL with lots of experience, and 2 run-between-the-tackles RBs. What's not to like about that, especially for his old-as-JoePa offense?

With that furious fan base comes an accelerated success clock. And so it should be. Anderson messed this up from the start. Ralph had this team one win away from the ACC Championship game, and most of it's coming back next year. Oh, except the D now has to lean yet another system. Great. And oh, UConn's never had a recruiting class anywhere near as good as any of Ralph's worst classes.

The full effects of this hire won't reveal itself until 2 or 3 years from now. Edsall better hire a good OC because his offenses at UConn were terrible...and that was with the talent he recruited. Edsall better hire a good recruiter because nothing sells to recruits like "boring!".

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 2, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I have three questions:

1. What is the guy's head coaching experience and record as a head coach? (I'll look that one up)

2. What is the guy's recruiting ability ?(since this was identified as one of Friedgen's faults)

3. How will this guy fill the stadium >(Identified as another of Friedgen's faults, instead of the AD or marketing.)

These were the reasons they let Ralph go. These were what Anderson was saying was the plan- fill the seats, recruiting.

This guy has an almost .500 record, never head of him, and was coaching at a lower division school. How is this an upgrade? How does this get us from 'good to great' as Anderson framed the decision to fire Ralph.

Did Anderson panic or something?

Posted by: bfjam | January 2, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Edsall's supporters have flooded this blog thread. For a look at how the the dozens of regulars on Terps Insider felt about the Edsall hire, please read this thread from earlier today, where you'll find unanimous disapproval of Edsall's hiring:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2011/01/after_randy_edsall_news_who_wo.html

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to can a coach of the year who took his team to a bowl game (and won it), it would seem you would have to do better than this (and provide some more details with your leak). Leach would have at least brought some sizzle.

What kind of recruiter is Edsall? Can he pull players from Florida, Georgia, Texas, and California to the East? Did he pull the highly recruited players who were in CT? Did he increase attendance at the stadium? Did he increase alumni contributions? What type of offense does he run? Will it score significant points or are we going to a defensive coach who runs, runs, and passes. We can give him a chance, but, to pay off the Fridge's contract and absorb the Edsall buyout in a year of budget cuts for state employees, this seems at best irresponsible. Hope he can make up the $2.9 million....And Dear Larry31, who cares what his previous salary was - you are either a dedicated coach or not.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | January 2, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Edsall was 1-16 against ranked opponents at U-Conn. Friedgen was 13-20 against ranked opponents at Maryland, including wins over four ranked opponents in 2008. (WaPo 1/2/11)

See, this is what scares me.... He can beat the likes of Buffalo okay but fails when playing with the big boys.

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | January 2, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, Anderson is following suit of a long line of Maryland AD's that mess up the school's programs in the same vein that made the school lose Bear Bryant in 1945.

Maryland is so concerned about being PC that they will NEVER win a national title. If they won't let the band play that Gary Glitter song where the students yell out "you suck" then they will NEVER do what it takes to win.

Leave the stadium empty and only support Gary and maybe Anderson (a PC hire, not a winning hire) will be gone quickly.

Posted by: DaveLopan | January 2, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

My heart aches for the Pirate AND the true Maryland football fan.

This would have been a mutually beneficial relationship.

No risk = no reward

Classic UM committee group-think.

Pathetic!

Posted by: MerlinTerps | January 2, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS BULL&#^#%$. THEY FIRE FRIDGE FOR THIS!!!!!!!!! Anderson, you are an idiot and don't count on any of my support.

No one will ever be more loyal or dedicated than Ralph would be. The next big job, Edsall will leave. Fridge was the best man for the job. PERIOD. END OF SENTANCE.

Posted by: h2redskins | January 2, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

i thought firing Fridge was a "business" one. I thought the next HC would excite the fan base to help improve the "business" part of the program. this does not excite at all. This hiring leaves a lot of questions. i cant wait to see how many extra fans will now be in the stands.

Posted by: stags83 | January 2, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Long time Terp fan here, back to the days of Jerry Claiborne and Randy White.

I have to ask,
a. Edsall only won one game vs ranked teams in ten years?

b. How much did Pitt Panthers sudden firing of their coach for domestic violence, play into the sudden shift from Leach?

c. Don't know how guilty Leach really is; don't think any of you do either.
Yet, why not hire him telling him there will be a clause in the contract that he is GONE the first time he tries to pull any bullying tactics like that w/ Terps?

I just don't see Edsall as nearly the recruiting stir / buzz for the Terps.
I don't see any offensive recruits out there being excited because Edsall is coming to MD.
I do think many would have been excited to play in Leach's offense.

Hope this works out and proves me wrong.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | January 2, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Crazy idea coming...maybe we wait to condemn everyone involved in this situation until after he actually gets a chance to coach at Maryland.

I like how there's no choice in between "elated" and "indifferent." Very unbiased poll you guys got going there. This blog loves nothing more than pissed off, vengeful Maryland fans.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 2, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Fridge Haters. I have been saying for years if we get rid of Fridge, we are most likely to get some scrub you never heard of. Well, I never heard of Randy Edsall until two weeks ago. I also said two weeks ago that Leach would never get past the PC Police (aka the Administration at UMd). "Stategic business decision": Ha! "Good to great": Ha! This should really pack the stadium. What a joke! So, how are the Fridge Haters gonna spin this? Ralph was 75-50. Edsall is 74-70 in a weaker division. Somebody please make an argument where this make sense.

Posted by: aviscardo | January 2, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. Trading mediocrity for mediocrity. Count me as someone who was bamboozled by KA's aggressive stance on RF and thought that he was going to push the envelope on the hire as well. Barno, you should be happy. Turns out that Anderson, like you, thinks that Maryland football has hit its apex and can't go any higher. Guess we're all just happy to be here. Depressing.

Posted by: caphillterp | January 2, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Edsall is a good coach, but as bfjam notes, he's not an improvement in the areas that supposedly were a problem. I just can't imagine why he thinks joining UMD's cluster-**** athletic department is a step up.

Of course, reading that Anderson and company were looking for the "safe" hire? What the heck, the safe move was keeping Fridge for another year . . . You'd think they could more efficiently save money by replacing athletic administrators with brain damaged chimpanzees. At least when they run around in circles and throw feces around you're not paying them big bucks to do it . . .

Posted by: dmor | January 2, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

MARYLAND FOOTBALL = JOKE!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | January 2, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

As I've seen a lot of other people say, this hire doesn't make sense in light of firing Fridge to make it. You're looking at two coaches who took over low-profile programs (Edsall a D-IAA school, Fridge a very bad D-IA school) and brought them to some semblance of prominence. Fridge had the unbelievable success off the bat, and has had his team in the range of 6-9 wins since then (aside from 2009). Edsall's UConn teams have been right around the same record over the same time period. UConn was a top-25 team in 2007, and three years later is still on the outside looking in.

I think Edsall has a chance to succeed with Maryland, but I don't see his chances being any stronger than Ralph's were. As someone said, this is a lateral move, and they fired an alum who brought the team out of the depths and coached for 10 years in order to make that lateral move.

Hiring Leach would have been a major risk/reward that may have blown up in their face. But it also may have turned them into a perennial BCS contender and no matter what would have put more fans in the stands immediately. Edsall is going to have to prove himself before the fans start to turn out, meaning Maryland is in no better shape than it was under Fridge.

Any coach was going to have a chance for success in the coming years given the emergence of Danny O'Brien. But Maryland was better off either showing loyalty to Fridge or going out on a limb with Leach. Edsall will do fine, but his hiring is a big let down compared to what could have been.

Posted by: Lumas101 | January 2, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke! Barely .500 in a pathetic conference and an offense that hasnt scored a touchdown since early Nov.....


This guy was probably dating KAs sister

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Taking nothing away from Edsall, I mean he appears to be a class act. But I am perplexed at the choice. As mentioned, this is a lateral move for a program that according to "the powers that be" needed more zing and excitement. Anybody see that Fiesta Bowl last night?

Posted by: jbeard32 | January 2, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

This is a good hire. Not great but good. Let's be real. Even if we had brought in Mike Leach, the offense would have put up points but what about the defense. Texas Tech wasnt known for its great defense, and they couldnt stop anyone. We would still end up being 8-4 and 9-3 , Another factor Leach has no ties to the DMV area.It getting pretty late in the recuriting game, and I doubt he'll be able to convince these Texas kids to come east. Also, Edsall took his UCONN team to a BCS bowl(even if its the big east) this team was playing Division 1-AA ball about 7-8 years ago, that's pretty impressive. Maryland is still in great shape as the transition to Edsall offense should go smoothly compare to an Air-Raid system. Good luck to him, and go Terps

Posted by: dbunit04 | January 2, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Fire the Fridge for a Big East coach?

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 2, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

New petition from the MD Alumni group on LinkedIn:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/disgustedterrapins/

Posted by: Terps85 | January 2, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

oh, I want to add while this was a good hire for Maryland, I believe that The Fridge should still be the HC of this team. Yes, MD has struggled throughout the years, but this team was in contention for the ACC Championship Game. And when you look at it, their only threat next year would have been FSU.

Posted by: dbunit04 | January 2, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Great post Caphillterp. I'm not really in to bashing Barno right now because this hire is disturbing on a number of levels and that's not what we need right now. I have lost my enthusiasm for this process and I am down about our prospects for "greatness." So basically all we can do is sit and wait to see what happens next year. But the anticipation is sapped. Not sorry we dumped Ralph, but really pessimistic that we are now on the right track.

Posted by: petecard | January 2, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I can feel the excitement building! Fans are already lining up to buy season tickets and luxury boxes! Leach's dynamic offense will ignite the fan base! What, Anderson and Plank hired WHO? to coach the Univ. of Under Armour?

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | January 2, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, the good news is that our recruiting class is still sitting high atop 38th on Rivals and 49th on Scout!!

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 2, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

From AP text exchange with Leach:

"Dunno what they're going to do," Leach said in a text message. "My record speaks for itself."

Keep it classy, Kevin Anderson. Kevin Anderson's new theme music: Burning Down the House.

Maybe Under Armor will drop MD.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 2, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Karl Hobbs for mens bb coach!

Posted by: akin365 | January 2, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

Is there any way you can do your google search magic and look for fan responses to Jum Tressel's hire at OSU?

I recall that he came from a DII school and OSU fans were totally pissed. They felt that a DII hire was "below" them. Then he won an NC two years later.

If you can, please verify this or refute it. Either way, Edsall did a nice job building UConn up from a DII school and deserves a chance before we throw him to the wolves.

Not gonna argue that this hire lacks "sizzle" and won't immediately fill the seats. This hire will lead to long term success or KA will be done in three years.

Posted by: larry31 | January 2, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I love how the Anderson supporters/Fridge haters are now reaching so far to explain how they got this wrong that they're now claiming Anderson is just like the Fridge supporters. Huh?

Why can't those that called for Fridge to be fired simply admit this turned into a disaster and they shouldn't have driven Fridge out since this is what happens at PCU.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I never called for the Fridge to be fired.

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 2, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I miss Fridge.

Posted by: wthaljr | January 2, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Edsall has a similar tenure to Fridge. Picks up some victories in the first few years with already present talent (like Fridge), and then drops back into the middle of the pack.

1-16 against ranked teams seems awful. I wonder how he responded to that record in his interview?

Posted by: Finnucane | January 2, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

For all you who are saying DII try Div 1AA

Posted by: bobilly1 | January 2, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a good move. I don't know if it was worth getting rid of Ralph. Is this guy going to put people in the stands? Can he recruit? I'm sure he's a good football guy but it seems like we need more than Edsall. Although Notre Dame almost picked him. It seems a good hire since Anderson wanted Mike Leach and it backfired on him. I think Edsall will win but will he put people in the stands like Leach's offense would have done. That waits to be seen.

Posted by: cdm269 | January 2, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Edsalls posers got blown off the field by Oklahoma......Leach owned Oklahoma......any questions?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

People keep repeating that Edsall is 1-16 against BCS opponents have to keep in mind that UCONN is still a relatively new football program in D-1 and these BCS programs knew that and took advantage of it to get some cheap Wins.

Posted by: dbunit04 | January 2, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This guy looks like Jim Zorn....is he Jim Zorn?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 2, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The petition says it all... Attention mr's Loh, Anderson and Edsall: You have until DOB leaves to win a BCS bowl and NC. That is going from "good to great" at UMD. God Willing that happens. If not, ALL who threw the loyal Alum under the bus should be fired. YOU are on the clock. That is all....

Posted by: Realness1 | January 2, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Why can't those that called for Fridge to be fired simply admit this turned into a disaster and they shouldn't have driven Fridge out since this is what happens at PCU.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I really called for Fridge to be fired, as much as I assumed that by getting rid of a Fridge that they were looking to go from good to great, which I supported. However, I admit that this turned into a disaster.

Posted by: Chief2 | January 2, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I was no Fridge apologists, but this is disappointing beyond words. Anderson and Loh no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt. From this point forward I'll expect cowardice and incompetence from this administration. They stood at a crossroads couldn't summon the collective courage to take the path to greatness - which will remain something they never experience.

Posted by: RITerp | January 2, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

How'd firing Fulmer work out for Tennesee? How'd firing Carr work out for Michigan? That's who we are now. A poor (homeless?) man's Tennesee.

Posted by: akin365 | January 2, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Straight from your boy Danny O'Brien's mouth (Twitter):

FWIW, it makes no sense for all of #TerpNation to do anything BUT rally behind the staff and team 110%!

Follow his advice and quit whining. Wait and see what happens.

Posted by: marylandarlington | January 2, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Larry, I mean no disrespect to Edsall. I'm sure he is a fine coach. But I don't see him as an improvement over Ralph Friedgen's 75 wins at MD in 10 years. I just don't.

Fridge was poised to at the very least get us to the ACC title game next year and a chance at the Orange Bowl. We would likely have been ranked going into the season. And yes, there would have been bigger crowds next year with the stronger home schedule.

Now that's all gone and everything is up in the air. Why? So Kevin Anderson could stroke his own ego.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

People keep repeating that Edsall is 1-16 against BCS opponents have to keep in mind that UCONN is still a relatively new football program in D-1 and these BCS programs knew that and took advantage of it to get some cheap Wins.

Posted by: dbunit04 | January 2, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Edsel is 1-16 against the top 25. UCONN has been a fully fledged Division 1-a school since 2002. They have been a BCS school since 2004.

Posted by: Chief2 | January 2, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

UMD plays UCONN home/away in 12-13.

Posted by: Realness1 | January 2, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

At this point Edsall is a horrible hire. He built a program, without stress, in a weak conference. We have an up an coming team, not a rebuilding team with DOB, a young WR corps and a young OL looking to improve. This is a ill advised move by an inexperienced AD. I think even people that normally disagree, Pete, TerpMA, Barno, Avis, Fushezzi, and moderator HGR, agree this is not the direction UMD needed to go at this point and time.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 2, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Argh!

From the get go, I was against the hiring of Kevin Anderson as our Athletic Director. The only reason he got the job was to fill University of Maryland's affirmitive action quota ... Please don't tell me that he was most qualified -- he wasn't, and his current decisions are proof of his inability to make good choices.

Edsall is an average coach at best. He won only 1 game againts 16 ranked opponents! Please explain to me as to how that translates into moving our program from good to great.

Like it or not, Fridge did much better winning 13 games against 20 ranked opponents!

IMHO, this is a step backwards rather than forward.

Posted by: mi6-007 | January 2, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The latest debacle...fire Fridge, hire a ho-hummer (74-70 record)...feels like Driesell and Wade complements of Slaughter...

Why not do it right and hire some excitement with a proven coach like Leach. That would have filled the stands.

I will still support the team though...question marks around management.

Posted by: Terpfan5 | January 2, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Barno,

The only way we wouldn't have taken a step back in recruiting was if we were to extend Firdge for 5-7 years. Given his health issues, I think firing Fridge and hiring Edsall is actually less risky (except for PR).

BTW, have you notice the eerily similar potential pattern? Edsall is going to inherit a stocked cupboard, just like Fridge inherited Vanderlinden's talented team. Let's see what he does with JF and Fridge's talent.

Let's see if Edsall keeps Don Brown and see who he hires as an OC. Then we can start making our predictions.

At the very least, Edsall is 10 years younger and considerably more healthy than Fridge...these factors definitely affect recruiting.

Lastly, I agree that attendance would have been up and no fewer than 9 wins would have been disappointing had Fridge been allowed to coach out his contract. I expect the same results under Edsall.

Posted by: larry31 | January 2, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

At this point Edsall is a horrible hire. He built a program, without stress, in a weak conference. We have an up an coming team, not a rebuilding team with DOB, a young WR corps and a young OL looking to improve. This is a ill advised move by an inexperienced AD.

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Echo your sentiments. This is a pathetic hire! Let's see what PR spin Kevin Andersen and Loh put on it.

The records speak for themselves. Edsall is 74-70, and that is not impressive. 1-16 against ranked opponents not impressive. And, getting blown up by Oklahoma on national tele a few days ago ... not impressive.

We needed an OFFENSIVE minded coach. We have Don Brown as our Defensive Coordinator.

Edsall certainlly doesn't fill in the deficiencies that Kevin stated Fridge had ... 1/ Recruiting, and 2/ Filling Seats.

Good luck! I can't wait to see the day that Loh and Andersen are show the door in a unceremonious way!!

Posted by: mi6-007 | January 2, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I obviously can not verify the following, but I can say that in addition to reading and posting at TI for about two years I also frequently follow testudotimes and the threads there. TI and TT are really the only two blogs I read regularly. I say all that simply to support that I can attest that the person who shared the following on tt is an longtime account holder and commenter there and not some random person no one has ever heard of:

A little bit of inside information,but talking to some higher up alums and big donors, everyone was set on Leach until he interviewed with the Chancellor. At that time, it seemed as if the Chancellor couldn’t commit to Leach and nixed the whole thing.

Don Brown wants to stay, but Edsall wants to run a different defense than Brown runs so no one is quite sure of his status. Kevin Anderson is livid because he was undermined in his first big move of his career.

Posted by: jake177 | January 2, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Everyone must understand the politics at play that go into every major hiring decision at U-MD. Your race, your gender, your background aside from your profession, how controversial you are, all of this comes into play at U-MD. We are talking about the most politically correct state institution in the most liberal states in the country.

Head coach in waiting? 'College park administrators only approved of it because we had a qualified minority' according to Debbie Yow. The presidency of the university becomes vacant? Need to get a minority in there. Athletic Director spot becomes vacant? Doesn't matter as long as we hire a minority, the 'College Park administrators' are satisfied. And look at how they put together their football search committee. Had to fill quota for 2 women on that committee. Linda Clement and Cheryl Harrison have no experience in college football but they're on the search committee to find our new coach BECAUSE they are women, not in spite of it.

This is all politically correctly, agenda-driven, affirmative hiring and abuse of power, and it neither serves society nor the university.

Kevin Anderson must go.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Edsall is the right guy. Frankly, I'm surprised they could land him - he turned down Notre Dame last year. The Terps are a very attractive job (9 win team with a young nucleus). Leach would have been successful and would have left within 3 years for greener pastures. Edsall is one of the best coaches in the country and will have early and consistent success. You know-nothing reactionaries will be eating your words.

Posted by: jammasterk | January 2, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone posting is missing the real idea of what Maryland has in mind. By hiring Edsell, Maryland can continue its losing tradition in football and eventually drop to a D1AA team, Edsell has proved that he can compete and win at that level which he did with UCONN. Just think how great it will be when in a few years Maryland will beat Wisconsin Green Bay for the D1AA Title!!! I can already see the rush on the field and the goal posts being torn down. What an absolute joke!

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

I don't see too many people bashing Edsall, therefore I don't see this as very reactionary by the fans. We've had a few weeks to digest Friedgen being fired and knew Leach wasn't a done deal though most of us expected it. I think people are more ticked off A) we fired Fridge B) we didn't leach than they are about C) We got Randy Edsall

Though no Terp fan is truly thrilled by today's news, we are most upset by what didn't happen today than by what did.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Way to go KA! You should not have been hired in the first place and you turn what could have been an exciting time at MD into a debacle. Don't suppose Terp Fans will ever get an explanation on how you screwed this up so badly? You wisely are not accepting questions on your page at UMTERPS.com.

Fridge must be laughing his a** off right now- if he is not crying. You are a clown, KA, and clearly do not belong in this job. What's next? replacing Gary with a monkey and organ grinder?

Posted by: rveatch | January 2, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I have been to at least 2 games every year for 10 years. No chance in hell I am going next year. This is a disgrace. This is a joke, I am in shock of what just happened.

Posted by: tony28 | January 2, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

So what exactly was Anderson's role in the selection? Did Anderson want Leach and was overruled? Or did Anderson make the final decision?

Posted by: MrScrotums | January 2, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I think most of the haters of MD football on this page are not thinking of the big picture. It has been well documented that the new MD coach, Edsell, took at D1AA team to a new level at UCONN. The idea behind the powers at MD are to become so irrelavant, that eventually MD drops to a D1AA and defeats Wisconsin Green Bay for the title, I can already see the full stadium and the goal posts being torn down at the end of the game when that happens!!! I cant wait but I know that I will not be there to see it, I hope it airs on ESPN 360.U

Posted by: Tedwmd | January 2, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

It's a horrible decision by the rookie AD known as Kevin Anderson. First, get backed into accepting an invitation to a crap bowl game, then hire a boring average coach. Is Anderson really that dense???

Posted by: jameskim99 | January 2, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Maryland really needed to make a bang with this hire and they did, they shot themselves in the foot! I can't believe they hired this guy over Leach! Lots of seats available this year, including mine. I'm turning mine in tomorrow!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | January 2, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

This looks like a safe hire hopefully. AD Anderson and President Loh must have there reasons for the hiring. Me personally, I would have told Friedgen one more year with no extension and Franklin would be promoted in 2012. But that my own opinion. Leach had too many lingering issues with TTU/ESPN for his hire. Malzahn poor timing in his mind, bad fit for us. Winning breeds success and will bring better recruits hopefully. I just hate too see UMD struggling, to maintain and always be rebuilding or restarting from scratch. Would like to see DC Brown retained. Good Luck too HC Edsall for 2012. 10 or more wins should make most of us happy for next year also getting more **** or ***** (local) recruits too sign with us.

Posted by: cshort1018 | January 2, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

It's all about the money.

It will be necessary, of course, to audit UMd's finances beginning with the glory days of Jim Tatum (1947-1955) and Maryland's two national championships (1951, 1953). I suspect (but do not know) that Maryland football rarely paid for itself and the institution simply cannot afford to gamble on bringing in sufficient big bucks from ticket sales to do so.

Let's go back to late 1955, when 'Tex'Elkins assumed the helm of the university. We had then a tiny library and the physical plant was, well, impoverished and inadequate. Elkins stated that FB would no longer have the priority it had during his predecessor's tenure ('Curly' Byrd, a long-time FB head coach 1911 - 1934). So 'Sunny Jim' Tatum left for Carolina and Maryland FB went from a preseason national ranking of #3 to a 2 - 7 - 1 record in 1956 under the hapless Tommy Mont. I recall that extramural athletics were supported chiefly by student 'athletic' fees($25 per semester) and state appropriations could not be applied.

It seems, until a definitive accounting can be presented by the Sun's and Post's intrepid reporters, that the Maryland leadership opted for a program that the institution and its undergraduates can afford. It may be just as simple as that.

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 2, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Browns gone people. Also Edsall brought his o coordinator.UConns offense hasnt scored a td since November and hes bringing that guy with him? This hire will not sell tickets.
And hes a Coughlin disciple that right there should tell everyone this is a bad idea. We didnt need a defensive minded coach with Brown in place we need someone who knows how to score points. Uconns offense was ranked lower than MDs in a weaker conference. Terrible decision!!

Posted by: jokey04 | January 2, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

conflicted -- shouldn't have fired Fridge. But Edsall is a better hire than Leach.

Posted by: mcmelton | January 2, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Great hire by the Terps. I am glad the administration did not give in to the power of a name. Edsall took a D2 program to a BCS bowl game in 12 years. How many coaches can say that? MD did the right thing by hiring an up and coming head coach instead of a fired head coach or hot assistant coach. He will be able to accomplish a lot more at UMD because he will have more talent and resources. Smart fans realize this. Dumb fans will figure it out later in the season.

AD experience > message board experience.

Wait until next season to hate.

Posted by: garrett4 | January 2, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I've seen this show once before. If the old-timers can remember back to the Len Bias tragedy of the late 1980's, you will find an unraveling of the entire athletic department. Lefty never recovered and Bobby Ross self-destructed at the NC State game the next football season. I remember it like yesterday watching Bobby sprint the length of the field after the game to "cold cock" the ref. Ahh memories.

Moral learned from the pathos of those unhappy days...hiring marginal athletic directors = relegation to the basement of the ACC for years to come. Unless the other sports (read: Basketball) outperform, Anderson will be the first of many lame choices of future AD's.

Alas as an Alumni, this looks to be an unfortunate situation indeed and will probably affect this year's financial support.

Posted by: skipjackpete | January 2, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

this better not mess up marylands under armour sponsorship. plank (UA president) wanted leach and anderson ignored him. if they lose under armour, their number one sponser, they're screwed

Posted by: patriotsfan9 | January 2, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Having looked at this thing for a few hours I think there is a good chance the thing I posted on this thread at 10:04 is true. (About the report that Kirwan was the one who blocked Leach.)

There are numerous factors that make this likely. First, regardless of our opinions about Anderson's style, presentation and more, there were real reasons we all thought this process was headed toward Leach. Namely that Plank and Anderson obviously wanted or leaned heavily toward Leach. Second, I think we may have totally underestimated 'external pressures' on the selection process. In particular I refer to the ACC/ESPN agreement. We may never know what went down, but if ESPN wanted to put pressure on the process via ACC HQ, etc., then Kirwan makes sense as the person that would come through ultimately. Let's be realistic, Loh (and Anderson) are newbies and are not in a position to stand up to that kind of pressure IF it was brought to bear. Should be interesting to see what if anything we can learn in the coming days about what really went down.

Posted by: jake177 | January 2, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

It appears Maryland became desperate after they got cold feet over Leach. They needed to have a coach in place by Tuesday, when coaches can contact recruits.

It also appears Edsall must have been desperate to get out of Connecticut for whatever reason(s). He was reportedly negotiating with Maryland in the days BEFORE the Fiesta Bowl. (http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-football/hc-randy-edsall-uconn-maryland-0103-20110102,0,3524736.story)

Bottom line, it's a lateral coaching move at best for Maryland and a lateral career move for Edsall. Not exactly the sexy hire Kevin Anderson envisioned.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | January 2, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Terp fans were promised an exciting hire - we didn't get it. People already talking about dropping donations and season tickets. This is going to cost the school tons of money.

The people who help UMD sports pay their bills are irate. The poll shows it. Others can have their opinions but are they going to make up the difference dollar-wise of what is about to be lost?

And the endorsement - UConn fans are happy to see him gone. That's saying something.

Posted by: TheLinc | January 2, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

The big concern I have about the Edsall hire is what are the expectations they have for him.

Edsall is a good coach, but is he real.ly the guy to take us to the next level? The reason, as far as I can see, for firing Fridge was because the Man felt that he took them as far as he could. I can see Edsall being a decent 8-4 coach every year. But I thought this was about winning the nat'l championship. He's good, but he's not that good...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 3, 2011 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Terp fans have fun in mediocrity waiting for your opponent to make a mistake and playing for field position . Watch how your top in-state players flee. 1 and 16 vs top 25. 1 4star recruit ever . No offensive TD since Nov. In a horrible conference. Loss to TEMPLE don't think they're D1..

Posted by: Salcal | January 3, 2011 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Illogical move. They fired Fridge to get Leach, build buzz, and fill the stands. Then, they hired Mr. Vanilla. No buzz. Baffling.

Posted by: PS7900 | January 3, 2011 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Ford Motor Company once produce a car called the Edsall?

Oops... That was the Edsel. But you get my drift.

Watching this coach's style of football is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

He does seem to be a nice guy, but ya' know what they say about nice guys.

Good luck.

Posted by: oldengoldendecoy | January 3, 2011 5:54 AM | Report abuse

From a UConn fan here, I hope you guys have a great defense because you won't be scoring a lot of points under Edsall :)

Posted by: tambo40 | January 3, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Leach lovers get over it. It was never going down and why would Maryland want a coach who throws the ball on every down. I have to admit that after bashing Kevin Anderson all week he comes back with a hire that makes football sense. Ball control and defense wins games, conferences and bowl games. We did not need a sexy hire, just someone that will win. Wins will put fans in the stands. This hire has sound football fundamentals written all over it. We can win with Edsall and he is a perfect fit for our young team. The fact that Edsall likes to run the ball is soothing to me. Why go with a Pirate who will only throw the ball. It is time for Terp fans to fall in line behind Coach Edsall. Welcome to College Park Randy. Glad to see you.

Posted by: torope | January 3, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse

For all of you who don't support this move, just say what you have to say and get over it, because it has happened

Seriously, Edsall has done a lot with nothing, you can't really compare his success with Friedgen's success...Maryland football and UConn football as everyone knows are on two totally different levels...UConn is not going to pull in top recruits because it's not in a good football market, but with Edsall in Maryland he now has a great football market and better recruits to work with and might I mention a lot more money


Here's a question that I pose for all of you Friedgen lovers...With Edsall and Friedgen being on the same Championship Georgia Tech team, Had it been Edsall that was hired 10 years ago, would you all still have the same disgust if Maryland would to be hiring Friedgen now????

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 3, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Um, why do people keep defending Anderson because he got overruled? That makes this whole situation even worse. He played his hand before he knew what cards were on the table, and got stuck. I'd respect the guy more if this was his first choice (not by much though).

Look, Edsall is a good hire, but not a good enough hire to justify firing Fridge. It won't put butts in the seats (although with a home sked of Towson, Temple, WV, BC, Clemson Miami, UVA, Notre Dame* instead of Navy*, Morgan, FIU, Duke, Wake, FSU, NC St., the attendance will go up regardless, but I'm sure Anderson will take credit).

But now expectations are through the roof, anything less than an Atlantic Division title is a disappointment. Anderson thought he was going all in with a straight flush (Leach), but one of his spades was actually a club, and he only has a strait (Edsall).

Posted by: someguy100 | January 3, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm on board with DOB's tweet. Will renew my season tix and my MGN membership, and SHOW UP for every game next season. Sulking won't win games.

Posted by: terpalleycat | January 3, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I hear Edsall is a pretty good coach, but I don't see much difference between him and Ralph. Add in the fact that if he has any kind of success, he'll be moving on to the next job. Hate him or love him, this was a career job for Ralph.

Posted by: nicefellow311 | January 3, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

You guys are going to recruit guys twice as good as you get now and actually start playing some defense under Edsall. He took a team that was worse than Duke 5 or 6 years ago (yes, that Duke) and got them to a BCS game, which for MD is about as far is you can hope to accomplish. All you have to do is beat FSU and VT, and this guy can probably do that in 3-4 years. Terps fans should worry about when Edsall leaves for a better job.

Posted by: HokieDoke | January 3, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Aaaaaaaarrrrrgggg(h)!

Wonder if there's any chance he could pull a Dana Altman. *praying*

Posted by: BMoreChil | January 3, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Great hire by the Terps. I am glad the administration did not give in to the power of a name. Edsall took a D2 program to a BCS bowl game in 12 years. How many coaches can say that? MD did the right thing by hiring an up and coming head coach instead of a fired head coach or hot assistant coach. He will be able to accomplish a lot more at UMD because he will have more talent and resources. Smart fans realize this. Dumb fans will figure it out later in the season.

AD experience > message board experience.

Wait until next season to hate.

Posted by: garrett4 | January 2, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

1. UCONN moved from division 1AA to division 1A. They were not in division 2.

2. When UCONN hired Edsel in 1999 they were already planning to move up to division 1A. Not only division 1A, but also to the Big East, a BCS Conference. The infrastructure (stadium, facility etc) to become a major college football program was being built.

3. 2010 UCONN team was clearly the worst BCS team of all time. See link.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2010/12/uconn-worst-bcs-bowl-team/1

4. UCONN's was getting outrecruited by Boston College, the other division 1A team in the northeast. UVA has done a very good job recruiting since they hired Mike London and unless there are some surprises to Edsel's staff, I expect that UVA will dominate Maryland in recruiting in the local area.

5. Edsel has limited upside. He is not going to increase attendance and he is going to have a tough time competing with the ACC powers. He is not an upgrade over the Fridge and there is no logic to this coaching change.

Posted by: Chief2 | January 3, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Those not supporting this hire, are uneducated half-wits.

Randy Edsall is a defensive coach with a fantastic coaching pedigree. Edsall is a protege’ of Tom Coughlin, having coached under him at both Syracuse and Boston College. Coach Edsall then spent three seasons with the Jax Jaguars, before serving a year under George O’Leary at GaTech, where he was the DC of a 11-2 squad. Edsall then took a Division I-AA School (UConn) to Division I-A, where he has not only had an overall winning record (74-70) in 12 season, but since joining the Big East (7 Seasons), he has been to a bowl game in 5 of those seasons (3-2 Record) and won the Big East Championship twice. Considering what he accomplished at UConn, one had to think he can do a fabulous job at Maryland. Coach Edsall is a MUCH better choice than Leach, and ESPECIALLY Malzahn. If you don't like this hire, you are not a fan of championship football.


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Whatever sullyzz. You must be Edsall's press agent. Leach accomplished a heck of a lot more in a tougher conference than Edsall did. He is the only coach to lead Texas Tech to a conference title. He played the Oklahomas, OK states, Texas, Nebrask's and amassed an 84-43 record. Edsall's track record doesn't even stack up well against Friegen!!

Posted by: 6thsense79 | January 3, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson = John Slaughter!

The only way the Terps are going to a BCS bowl game is to leave the ACC for the Big East, a truly woeful football conference, but a better basketball conference than the ACC.

Unfortunately, the Big East has no plans to expand.

Posted by: bigj7999 | January 3, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Fire a guy who finished 9-4 with a 52-20 blowout win in a bowl game, then hire a guy who finished 8-5 with a 48-20 blowout loss in a bowl game. Simply brilliant. The AD stood up a looked everyone in the eye and said he wanted to take Maryland to the next level from "good to great," yet the program takes a step back from "good to mediocre."

Kevin Anderson is a coward, and if "Slappy" Kirwin is behind this move, I want to see Anderson's resignation!

Posted by: Russtinator | January 3, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

He seems like a solid coach, but not worth firing Friegen over. I didn't like the firing of Friegen to begin with, nor did I like the idea of hiring Leach. But if the new AD wanted to increase ticket sales by bringing in a new, exciting coach, I could at least understand the logic behind that - it is a business. But to fire a good coach and then hire another coach that isn't any better, that makes no sense. I'm a Terp fan and I hope I'm wrong, but this just seems like a bad decision. My guess is that the AD botched the deal with Leach and then had to scramble to get someone else.

Posted by: marylandpkp | January 3, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Everyone must understand the politics at play that go into every major hiring decision at U-MD. Your race, your gender, your background aside from your profession, how controversial you are, all of this comes into play at U-MD. We are talking about the most politically correct state institution in the most liberal states in the country.

Head coach in waiting? 'College park administrators only approved of it because we had a qualified minority' according to Debbie Yow. The presidency of the university becomes vacant? Need to get a minority in there. Athletic Director spot becomes vacant? Doesn't matter as long as we hire a minority, the 'College Park administrators' are satisfied. And look at how they put together their football search committee. Had to fill quota for 2 women on that committee. Linda Clement and Cheryl Harrison have no experience in college football but they're on the search committee to find our new coach BECAUSE they are women, not in spite of it.

This is all politically correctly, agenda-driven, affirmative hiring and abuse of power, and it neither serves society nor the university.

Kevin Anderson must go.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 2, 2011 10:05 PM
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Political correctness is simply a reverse discrimination, and if you are correct Barno1, this really does stink for UMD for years to come. Not merely the Edsall hiring but the PC is illogical, and not rational, not truly a reasoned approach but rather a deceptiveness behind decision making.

Hope you are wrong, Baron1

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | January 3, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Second, I think we may have totally underestimated 'external pressures' on the selection process. In particular I refer to the ACC/ESPN agreement. We may never know what went down, but if ESPN wanted to put pressure on the process via ACC HQ, etc., then Kirwan makes sense as the person that would come through ultimately. Let's be realistic, Loh (and Anderson) are newbies and are not in a position to stand up to that kind of pressure IF it was brought to bear. Should be interesting to see what if anything we can learn in the coming days about what really went down.

Posted by: jake177 | January 2, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Jake, normally I love your comments but I can't possibly see ESPN getting involved in MD's coaching decision and putting pressure on the ACC and UMD. That's just EXTREMELY far-fetched and totally unrealistic. U-MD administrators are so unbelievably politically correct, trust me they don't need ESPN telling them Leach would be a controversial hire. Our people screwed this up on their own, not with the help of ESPN.
Not to mention if ESPN ever did get involved they could risk making Leach's defamation case against them stronger.

So, to summarize, I would put the odds of the worldwide leader in sports interfering with out coaching search by calling the ACC offices and making threats about the ACC/ESPN deal at about 1 in 100 trillion.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 3, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree Barno, ESPN did not get involved.
The irony, is that ESPN for two decades has been a leader in broadcasting Political Correctness.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | January 3, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I think this is a solid hire but it creates no excitement. Usually, a general rule when you fire a coach is not to replace him with someone that is very similar to the fired coach. I guess MD doesn't believe in that rule.

Posted by: terpfan34 | January 3, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Anderson sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Cartaldo | January 3, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Timid, timid, timid.

Posted by: VPaterno | January 3, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Although UM may have gotten "cold feet," the choice to go with a guy who's defensive minded isn't bad. It's a shock, but he should keep the pro system and improve the defensive stats with better talent at UM.

UM has a tradition of producing decent pro QBs and I think he'll keep it going. Leach would have been another good choice because everyone loves to see the points soar with a 500 yd passing QB, but this is conservative MD.

It's still a disgrace that they fired Ralph. He deserved better...hopefully he'll find another job soon.

Posted by: meatthenav | January 3, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

sullyzz and Chief2, who are you a sock puppet for? You posted the same thing twice under 2 different names. At least come up with two different ad hominem names for people who disagree with you.

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

saymyname, chief2 responded to sullyzz comment by copy/pasting the original comments, then responding other those. That's a common practice that was pretty clear to anyone else who reads this blog regularly.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 3, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Typo

**then responding UNDER those (not other those)

Posted by: Barno1 | January 3, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Edsel is 1-16 against ranked ranked teams and his recruiting at UCONN was pathetic. His recruiting class this past season was significantly worse than Maryland's recruiting class. Maryland was coming of a 2-10 and had a coach with a lot of uncertainty. According to the recruiting rankings by scout.com, UCONN has not had a 4* recruit since 2007. Maryland had 9 4* recruits since then and people have been critical of Maryland's recruiting in recent years"
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Winning with less? Isn't that a testament to his coaching ability?

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | January 3, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I think Edsall did a great job with a school in the middle of nowhere, and I expect the Terps to compete for the Conference Championship year in and year out as he said!

Posted by: cmauro10 | January 3, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

As an alum I will remain a Terps fan, but for most all my teams including the 'Skins, after awhile I am just resigned for the next 10 years to cheering for a winning season or maybe achieving a 9 & 4 record or 9 & 7. If you're afraid to be bold in a hire like Mike Leach, don't go there to begin with...and keep the Fridge. Talk to Texas Tech alums, and the vast majority miss Mike Leach. I think he would have quickly put Md. on a national stage.

Posted by: dallasal10 | January 3, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

As a die-hard Terps fan, I'm not overwhelmed by this hire. But Edsall has done good things and EVERYONE deserves a chance.

What it really comes down to is this: If you're really a Terps fan, regardless of how you feel about Edsall's hiring, you will support him. Why? Because it's about the student athletes. Not the Athletic Department, not Kevin Anderson, not even Edsall. It's about Danny, Davin, DJ and the rest of the Terps that will lead our team next year.
If anyone is honestly thinking about ditching their season tickets because of this, good riddance. I'm sick of all the disillusioned, cynical Terp fans cursing the players and/or team they supposedly support. Our student athletes deserve better.

Welcome Randy. Do us proud. GO TERPS!

Posted by: dietrich89 | January 3, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Lovely hire! I liked Fridgen but once he was let go I wanted to take a step up and Edsall is just exactly that. He is a class guy with local strong ties and an excellent football pedigree. Leach was way to risky and a potential problem.

Posted by: jhboulware | January 3, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

A business decision....good to great. I was all for giving Anderson the benefit of the doubt as an AD but now believe he has gone brain dead! As a Carolina Terp, it was interesting tonight to hear the local news media in the land of blue address the new UM coach. "They interview Mike Leach during Friedgen's last game then hire Randy Edsall minutes after a blowout loss in the Fiesta Bowl. But that's Maryland football."

Posted by: 70Terp | January 4, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Good Luck with Edsall.Although many people in Connecticut thought Edsall could walk on water his lifetime record at Uconn was about 54-50.Almost half his wins came against very inferior competition.His last 2 teams had an 8-5 record so if 8 wins a year make Terapins fans happy ,you should be very content with him.He is a great coach,if you forget this fact just ask Coach Edsall and he will be happy to remind you of his great coaching skills.

Posted by: inspectorcuozzo | January 4, 2011 12:57 AM | Report abuse

This is a good hire, especially for the long run. Fridge took a bunch of no-name players that Vanderlinden had recruited and had three straight 10 win seasons and won an ACC championship, but after he got too fancy with his offense and changed up the staff and recruited his own players the team was never consistent. I appreciate the way he led this team back this year, but after losing JF and half his staff, this team was going to end up back at 6-6 next year. Edsall will win right away because he has a great defense to work with and his offense fits well for the players we have now. I expect Meggett to go over 1,000 yards and DOB to continue to make smart plays and not turn the ball over. A team with a great defense can win the close games which will lead to lasting success. Also, Edsall can do a great job recruiting the underrated players from the DMV. Just take a look back at Terry Cauley, an underrated player from Patuxent High who went on to be a star at UConn. Edsall might not do anything exciting, but winning will fill the seats again. Ralph didn't do anything special his first three years with the offense, but we were successful and people really enjoyed going to games and rooting for the Terps. Best of Luck to Coach Edsall, I hope he proves all the doubters wrong through the first 6 games of the season.

Posted by: mdpitcher14 | January 4, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

I won't be renewing my season tickets. The mistake wasn't in hiring Edsall it was in hiring Anderson. What does he do next fire Gary if he doesn't make it to the NCAA tourney this year?

Anderson was a BAD hire.

Posted by: jenkij | January 4, 2011 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I have no idea if this is a good hire or a bad. However, I'll take the position opposite whatever Mike Wise takes. That way I know I'll be right.

Posted by: jeadpt | January 4, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

after veiwing some of the comments i see whats wrong with this country. this was a gutless hire. some times you have to take chance, how can you inspire interest in fans or in coming players with this guy. if they where going todo this keep big fried, be ware phrases like ''great hire'' these people are looking for safety

Posted by: rwest828hope | January 4, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Not a very good poll. There's a hell of a gap between elated and indifferent! Who designed this thing anyway, Mike Wise?

Posted by: cliffdweller | January 4, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

sullyzz - you have obviously not watched film of Leach's teams.

Head to head - he would have trounced Edsall in a game.

Leach would have had instant credibility with recruits. Recruit's will not even know Edsall's name.

Leach was coming from one of the toughest football conferences in the country as a winner. Edsall is coming from a school known for basketball.

It is you who needs to get more educated about championship football.

Watch the films and look at what schools they played against during their careers - Leach comes out on top every time.


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Posted by: oldnova | January 4, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was a bit odd that Leach didn't get the offer immediately after his well publicized visit to College Park last week. He seemed to be the only candidate. Figured it was the obligatory meet and greet, an offer extended and the announcement made the following day or so. No one knew about these secret dealings with Edsall until it was announced. This was either bungled or Leach was used as some kind of a bizarre decoy. Obviously the deal w/ Edsall was in the bag well before yesterday's announcement. Did he visit the campus in the middle of the night disguised as a UPS driver or something? Strange.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 4, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Edsall should hire the Fridge as his OC....

Posted by: beaverholmes65 | January 4, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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