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Posted at 4:27 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Todd Bradford promoted to Maryland defensive coordinator

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland announced on Wednesday that Todd Bradford would be promoted to defensive coordinator and that Keith Dudzinski has been hired to coach the inside linebackers.

Bradford was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Southern Mississippi the past three seasons before joining Randy Edsall's staff as the Terrapins' inside linebackers coach.

"I'm pleased to name Todd Bradford as our defensive coordinator and secondary coach," Edsall said in a statement. "He will lead an aggressive, attacking and fundamentally sound defense that will work to cause turnovers and create disruption for opposing offenses. He brings great experience and knowledge to the position and has been successful throughout his career."

The Golden Eagles' rushing defense ranked No. 13 (113 yards per game) and 47th in total defense in division I-A last season. Southern Miss also gave up nearly 30 points per game and ranked 81st nationally in that statistic.

Dudzinski served as the defensive coordinator at Massachusetts the last seven years, five of them under former Minutemen coach Don Brown, who left his job as Maryland's defensive coordinator to take the same position at Connecticut earlier this month.

Bradford's promotion and Dudzinski's hiring completes Edsall's coaching staff.

Maryland was in discussions with former Miami coach Randy Shannon to take over the Terrapins' defensive coordinator role, but the talks broke down reportedly because Shannon would have stood to lose $1.5 million in a buyout payment from Miami, which fired him as head coach at the conclusion of the 2010 season.

On Wednesday, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported that Edsall approached Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson 10 days ago about becoming Maryland's new defensive coordinator. Johnson, who won three Maryland state high school titles at McDonough High in 1983, 1985 and 1990 and is known for his recruiting prowess in the region, declined to be officially interviewed for the job.

By Matt Bonesteel  | February 16, 2011; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Randy Edsall  
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Comments

Keep up the good work Kevin Anderson.

Bang up job you're doing here!

Posted by: fushezzi | February 16, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Good for him.

Terps will dominate the ACC (and all of the NCAA) next year!

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 16, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn. Was a QB coach...brought in to be an offensive coordinator...Skins couldn't find anyone else to be head coach...I know, let's make Zorn our head coach.

Hopefully the Bradford era works out better than it did for Zorn. How special Bradford must feel to know he was not our first choice.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The 'only' good thing about this is he was DC under Brown at UMass, so perhaps calls and philosophy are close to the same...Other than that, 'no one' else out there???? The phones are jammed at Terps ticket office, get 'em now, while you still can... Go Terps !!!

Posted by: frostanna | February 16, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The only good thing about this is that it will enrage the fan base even more. So much so that I hope they fire Kevin Anderson sooner than later and we can start over. I am a Maryland grad and I have never ever been so disappointed and frankly disgusted by what this man has down to our football team. So we basically traded our coaching staff for an average to below average coach from Uconn Basketball and won't have a defensive coordinator this year. I truly hope we lose every game this year so that Kevin gets fired right away.

Posted by: tony28 | February 16, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Good to Great Baby! Now that we have the former DC from SMU all other teams will kneel before Zod. Thanks Kevin Anderson!

Posted by: aviscardo | February 16, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

frostanna-The new indside lb coach was dc at UMass. The new dc at MD was the inside lb coach at MD and had just come over from S. Miss. (At least that is how I think it played out).

Posted by: fellowfan | February 16, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about this guy or the guy from UMass. But it sure isn't Randy Shannon. On the surface it doesn't look good.

Posted by: petecard | February 16, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Fellowfan- you're right.. Guess it was just my excitement in the 'big news' about our new DC, I couldn't read straight.. I'm gonna have another drink, should it be to celebrate or drown my sorrows... Thoughts, anyone.....

Posted by: frostanna | February 16, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Kevin Anderson!!

Posted by: westernmdterp | February 16, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

When I saw Bradford standing on the podium at the Recruiting Party with the other coaches, my first thought was "he looks VERY young" and my second was that he has that "deer in the headlights" look about him.

And his record as DC at USM was not sparkling, shall we say. I think this is another instance of the Terps scrambling to find someone, anyone. Which hardly EVER works. Seems to be the way Kevin Anderson does business.

Can you imagine how Kenny Tate feels right now? Edsall even said at the Recruiting Party that "Kenny Tate is our top recruit. Don Brown convinced him to come back for his senior year." And now this.

Hope I'm wrong, but...

Posted by: LeeM9308 | February 16, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Sure feels like amateur hour at UMD!

Memo to KA:
If a spat between your coach candidate and ESPN is going to be a showstopper at UMD, figure it out BEFORE spouting off in the press.

If money is going to be a showstopper for your DC candidate, figure it out BEFORE spouting off in the press.

Next time you talk to the press make sure the negotiations are about something minor, like what color to paint his office or what type of vehicle to provide.


C'mon man! At least ACT like you have done this before!!! Jeez

Posted by: TerpfanMA | February 16, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

KA was unable to foresee Franklin's departure and how that would change the Terps' long term plans. And he apparently didn't understand the terms of Shannon's buyout at Miami. One can't but wonder about his competency and ability to run a big time athletic program. Oh, I forgot. UMD is only a pretend big time program.

Posted by: BaseballFan | February 16, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Bradford, it's not his fault that he was a last sec forced hire...But I completely blame the AD for this one...I tried to give this guy a chance, but all he has done was take the diminishing fan base from good to bad...If Maryland somehow does manage to win 9 or 10 games this year, then I will give credit where credit is due, and that will be to the coaching staff not the AD

Posted by: babycas2000 | February 16, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Andersen needs to be fires. The only reason he has the AD's job with University of Maryland is to fill in the minority quota aka as affirmative action!

He is a unproven commodity, and the moves he has made classifies him as a JACK***! He has single handedly managed to destroy a Football program that was on the rise under Fridge!

The coaches he has hires are subpar, and some of them have resumes that is less than inspiring... period!

Posted by: mi6-007 | February 16, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Argh! Sorry for the re-post. The first one had some typos.

Kevin Andersen needs to be fired! The only reason he has the AD's job with University of Maryland is to fill in the minority quota aka an affirmative action HIRE!

He is a unproven commodity, and the moves he has made classifies him as a JACK***! He has single handedly managed to destroy a Football program that was on the rise under Fridge! We now are the laughing stock of the ACC!

The coaches he has hired are subpar, and some of them have resumes that is uninspiring... period!

Posted by: mi6-007 | February 16, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Sure feels like amateur hour at UMD!

Memo to KA:
If a spat between your coach candidate and ESPN is going to be a showstopper at UMD, figure it out BEFORE spouting off in the press.

If money is going to be a showstopper for your DC candidate, figure it out BEFORE spouting off in the press.

Next time you talk to the press make sure the negotiations are about something minor, like what color to paint his office or what type of vehicle to provide.


C'mon man! At least ACT like you have done this before!!! Jeez

Posted by: TerpfanMA | February 16, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

If you're aren't prepared to discuss your decision to not bring back your head coach next year, don't organize a conference call with reporters and let that slip out accidentally.

Or how bout the crem della crem?

If you aren't 100% positive that your head coach will return next year no matter what, don't issue a press release saying he will be back.

Bumbling, stumbling, joke of an Athletic Director.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

BSun has a very interesting article on MDs search for our football coach:

One item I found shocking is that for all the talk about how KA knew Edsall was "the one", it was actually Edsall who approached MD about the job, NOT the other way around....AND he did not contact MD until 3:30AM on Jan 2nd!


Check it out:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-terps-search-0214-20110213,0,1071445.story

Posted by: TerpfanMA | February 16, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Whatta farce. If only God would send back to us Jim Tatum (d. 1958). Please. Pretty please. It's been downhill ever since he left after the 1955 season.

Posted by: AncientTerp | February 16, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Okay, we're pretty clear at this point that at least the posters here aren't happy with KA. We're also pretty clear that Edsall isn't the first choice to run the football team.

1st of all, Friedgen was putting a really ugly product on the field. Even when they won, it was typically ugly. Secondly, Franklin's offense wasn't setting any records unless you count the win over Morgan St. Thirdly, can you imagine trying to recruit at UConn? He won the Conference and went to a BCS game. He kept them in a game that they were totally outclassed in until the 4th quarter. He got the OC from LSU and how do we know Randy wasn't just trying to hold up UMD for a little bigger bonus? He would have been a great get but it didn't happen. I'm not excited about this guy either when you consider where the SMU pass defense must've been ranked, but that doesn't mean he isn't a good coach. Let's face it, SMU is not an elite football program and they play some pretty solid offenses.

You don't have to like the decisions of the AD or the hiring decisions but at least let the guy coach 'em up and see what he puts on the field in the fall. With the talent this team has, anything less than 10 wins is a disappointment. All I'm saying is to support them until they produce something less. Oh, and Fridge without Franklin was not going to win 10 games. Would Brown have stayed? We'll never know but if he didn't, how was Fridge, a lame duck coach, going to replace the OC and DC with quality components?

I really wanted Leach and was on the bandwagon but I believe he's still looking for a job. If he was such a great choice, I'd think he would have a job by now. Randy Shannon turned down a couple of other programs to keep his $1.5M. I don't blame KA or Edsall for not knowing what his contract situation was. I'm surprised Shannon signed such a ridiculous extension that said he couldn't coach anywhere for a year if he was fired by Miami...what's that about?

Good luck to Coach Edsall, his staff, and the players who are there.

I don't even like the way this paper covers the Terps. They're a very young team of what look like some very good athletes. The upper classmen are role players. If Jordan Williams stays, a big if, they could be very, very good next season. They could still make a run in the ACC tourney. How about some encouragement???

Posted by: kicknit | February 16, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"1st of all, Friedgen was putting a really ugly product on the field. Even when they won, it was typically ugly."

Real Men of Genius. Unlike everyone else, you know a win is not a win...unless it's by at least 65 points.

"how was Fridge, a lame duck coach, going to replace the OC and DC with quality components?"

Man...that is really good question. Let me see..How is a lame duck coach going to replace the OC and DC? Well, first, he wouldn't be a lame duck coach, if you just gave him the contract extension that he deserved. How would he replace the DC? well he wouldn't have needed to replace him since the DC wouldn't have left to begin with, had Fridge not been fired.

Did you think at all before posting that long comment?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Anderson is about the biggest clown I have ever heard of running an athletic department. It would be really funny to watch if he wasn't UMD's AD. The whole football situation is a complete train wreck. Thanks for making me laugh yesterday by sending me the ad for season tickets- it made my day. I will not spend a dime on UMD athletics until they fire the moron and get serious about being competetive and stop making themselves feel good with their social experiments. Being good at field hockey and soccer is not going to cut it. LIfelong fan losing interest rapidly!

Posted by: rveatch | February 16, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people are getting too worked up here. Bradford wouldn't have been my first choice either, but let's see how things pan out before we declare the state of emergency.

Posted by: SmittyATL | February 16, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

SmittyATL - ditto.

Let's not over react here. The DC hire is a dissappointment but the blame appears to lie with Don Brown who screwed us over by leaving when he did. I'm not sure what options KA had at this point. The Shannon deal would have been great but not worth 1.5 mil.

For those who are saying KA's coaches are a joke - I don't consider the OC a joke at all. He has an outstanding resume. And Edsall did an outstanding job building the Uconn program from nothing. So let's wait and see how this all turns out before we declare it a disaster.

Posted by: srcog | February 16, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Time will tell.

Where are all of the Yow haters now?

Posted by: terpcentral1 | February 17, 2011 12:26 AM | Report abuse

You girls need to chill out.

I'm a terp fan, have been since I was a tyke, but some of you seem to be expecting the terps to go from peach bowl hopeful to national title contender overnight.

I don't care if the terps were to hire bill belicheck as their head coach, mike martz as the oc and Gregg Williams as their dc, they'd still struggle to win the division, let alone the ACC.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 17, 2011 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Both coaches were Defensive Coordinators in their former job. That experience could serve the Terps well. But it's more than Xs & Os. Recruiting talent is where it's at. Let's see where we are in 3 years.

Posted by: shanks1 | February 17, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize there was such a specialized job as 'inside linebacker's coach', certainly not at the college level. Presumably there's an outside linebacker's coach, a linebacker's coach, an interior defensive line coach, a defensive ends coach, a defensive line coach, an assistant defensive coordinator - quality control, a tight ends coach, a fullback coach, an interior offensive line coach, a left tackle coach, a punter coach, a kicker coach, a speed coach, a fullback's coach, a strong safety coach, a ....

Posted by: randysbailin | February 17, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

@kicknit, I haven't seen your posts before on this site, but I agree with most of your comments on this one. It's amazing how accepting some people are of the mediocrity of our basketball program and at the same time blast an new AD who is publicly committed to "greatness." These people need to chill out. I am not going to go over all the old cr*p that keeps getting re-blasted on here about the changes in the football program. I wanted Leach and I wanted Shannon. But my view is that we are in a very good place right now. I am looking forward to a very, very good year next year and I think Edsall is up to it. Here is my hope: That Kevin Anderson holds the basketball program ( read coach) to the same standards he has set for the football program. And I will say this: As a dreary, disappointing basketball season moves toward an unwatchable conclusion, at least we have spring football practice to look forward to. That and the NY Yankees!

Posted by: petecard | February 17, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the new AD is getting enought credit for making a proper strategic decision on the Friedgen firing -despite the unpopularity for some and cascading effects (e.g. the never ending criticisms for each hiring decision like a DC). This was succession planning pure and simple - something he was hired to do. Yes Anderson could have gone with Friedgen, with a multi-year extension, though as one poster accurately states he could have been viewed as lame duck for aspiring coordinators. Fridge could have been successful but if not, the worst outcome for Anderson and MD fans could have been some more years of mediocrity and a buy out of an over the hill coach when it could have been done in 2011. Of course Edsall could fail, get fired and the AD gets fired as well but at least he tried something new, not the status quo with even more uncertainty regarding long term coaching stability. The head fake to Leach has understandably angered many and misses the mark for some who believe only a high profile coach can re-energize the fan base (funny I never think of Friedgen as a marquee coaching name despite an occasional 8-9 win season). Ironically if Edsall succeeds initially he will be discredited by many here as winning with Friedgen's players when Friedgen's best 3-year stint was with Ron Vanderlin's recruits. Hopefully, Edsall can win consistently, fill some more seats but only time will tell.

Posted by: moto1960 | February 18, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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