Edsall says groundwork being established despite "very, very tough" season

Coach says he was unfairly criticized over team rules

November 22, 2011|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland football coach Randy Edsall was asked again today whether this was a rebuilding year. He said it wasn't. Coaches universally detest the the word "rebuilding" because it suggests to them that losing in any season is acceptable.

But the theme of Edsall's final Tuesday media session seemed to be that the coach firmly believes the groundwork is in place for the future -- even if this year's record (2-9 so far) was supremely frustrating. Building a program is a process, the coach said, and it takes time.

I'll have more on this in a story later today. But here are a few quotes to give you the flavor of today, which felt like a season-ending wrapup.

"Things have been very, very tough and very, very difficult," Edsall said. "Did we meet the expectations that I had in terms of on the field? No. No, we didn’t meet those. Is it surprising that we didn’t meet those expectations? Probably not, because of all the things that’s been documented and that’s taken place. Am I discouraged? No. I’m happy that we’ve started to lay the groundwork and put the foundation in and put the building blocks in place to create that team atmosphere."

Interesting to note, by the way, that Edsall said he believes his emphasis on discipline has caused him to be unfairly criticized.

"If you’re just asking people to be on time and do what's right and have structure and have accountability, have discipline in their life so they can go out and then be successful…yeah, I think unfairly I have been criticized for that. But everybody is entitled to their own opinion," the coach said.

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