Media roundup: What they're saying about Terps football coach Randy Edsall

January 04, 2011|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Here's a look at what other media are saying about Maryland's new football coach Randy Edsall.

• Mike DiMauro of TheDay.com writes that there was no singular event that caused Edsall to leave UConn.

I believe most of the reasons he left Connecticut to coach Maryland centered [on] a burgeoning lack of respect for the way athletic director Jeff Hathaway did his job. Edsall perceived a baffling lack of support from his boss.

• Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe writes that Edsall could have considered other college football coaching opportunities that are expected to become available, but the timing of the Maryland job was just right.

Edsall left because it was the right time. After 12 years of building the UConn program, he had a finished product, which produced the Huskies' first Bowl Championship Series appearance.

• Mark Hasty of AOL's Fanhouse suggests that Edsall didn't hold himself to the same standard he held his players to when he announced his departure to the Huskies over the phone.

The player noted that running back Jordan Todman was required to face the team and tell them he was leaving for the NFL, but Edsall didn't face the team himself. Buck-buck-bwauuuk.

• Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News writes that Maryland made a safe hire in Edsall.

In short, the Terps pushed out the ACC coach of the year for the Big East coach of the year. That might be a college football first. Edsall was a nice, safe hire, at least compared to the only other candidate that reportedly interviewed on campus, the wild and crazy Mike Leach. But some Maryland fans seem less than thrilled about replacing a coach who averaged seven wins in 10 seasons with the Terps with a coach who averaged six wins in 12 years with the Huskies.

• Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Maryland's hiring Edsall makes no sense if the goal was to attract more fans to Byrd Stadium.

Don't get me wrong. I really like Randy Edsall, the former Georgia Tech assistant coach who took Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl. But the stated reason for firing Ralph Friedgen, the ACC Coach of the Year, was that attendance was down and that something needed to be done to get fannies back in the seats at Byrd Stadium. When Friedgen was forced out it was widely assumed that AD Kevin Anderson was going to tap Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach, to bring his wide open offense to College Park. That move made sense if the goal was to totally remake the image of the program. In Edsall Maryland has a very good coach but he's a 52-year-old version of Friedgen, who was booted at age 63. The move makes no sense ...

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