If one line emerged from Randy Edsall’s opening media conference this week, it was this one: “Make sure that you stick to your guns in terms of what you believe in regardless of what people are saying on the outside.”
The Maryland football coach’s comment was prompted by a media question about what important lesson he may have learned in his first season in College Park.
There is a certain defiance in that comment, right? I suspect Edsall is not going to talk much about what unfolded during last season’s 2-10 mark.
But you think he remembers the criticism he endured in the media? Of course he does.
Edsall’s wife, Eileen, told me during the offseason that she remembers exactly which columnists were roasting her husband in his first season in College Park after 12 years at Connecticut.
I’m guessing her husband remembers, too. College football coaches are competitive people.
Randy Edsall said this week: "I want all of our players to have a chip on their shoulder, because I do.”
Other Terps notes:
* Among the Terps I was watching at Tuesday’s practice were two guys who may figure into Maryland’s future. Quarterback Ricardo Young wore No. 9 on his yellow “no-contact” jersey. Place kicker/punter Brad Craddock wore No. 15. Young is a transfer who will be eligible to play in 2013 as a redshirt junior. Craddock, who is from Australia, may not play this season with Nick Ferrara ahead of him. But both players may become prominent after this season.
* Several Terps, including receiver Levern Jacobs and defensive lineman Justin Anderson, had not completed their conditioning tests as of Tuesday afternoon and were not permitted to practice.*
Maryland announced it will hold a fan appreciation day on Aug. 18. The day will include a Byrd Stadium scrimmage beginning at 3:00 that is open to the public. The team also said its opening game against William & Mary on Sept. 1 will be Youth Football Day, with tickets available to youth-team members, coaches and family members for $10. Information for others about ticket specials for the opener are available at www.umterps.com.