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By Matt Vensel | February 17, 2011
Many angry Maryland fans handed out a big red "F" when the Terps hired Randy Edsall to be their football coach last month -- mainly because they wanted Mike Leach and his high-flying offense. But Yahoo's Matt Hinton liked the move, giving them a "B" for the hire. "Edsall's not exciting; fans aren't going to start flocking in droves for 8-4 runs to the Champs Sports Bowl," Hinton wrote in this post on his Dr. Saturday blog. "But if he gives Maryland the decade Friedgen did -- that is, six eight-win seasons, seven bowl games and rare conference championship -- this is a good hire.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 5, 2014
Maryland football players and coaches spent Sunday breaking down and critiquing their 52-24 loss Saturday to Ohio State at Byrd Stadium. Now the Terps hope to take advantage of their bye week before preparing for their Oct. 18 home game against Iowa. In particular, Maryland (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten Conference) will look to get as healthy as possible. Several players, including starting outside linebacker Matt Robinson (Atholton) and reserve defensive backs Zach Dancel and Daniel Ezeagwu, missed Saturday's game against the Buckeyes, now ranked No. 15. Starters such as inside linebackers Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree also have been playing through injuries.
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By Matt Vensel | February 24, 2011
In the last few years of the Ralph Friedgen era, Maryland struggled to lure the top local talent to College Park. That's something new coach Randy Edsall, who transitioned Connecticut from Div. I-FCS to a BCS bowl, will try to change as he places his stamp on the football program. It's really not fair to judge Edsall by his "first" recruiting class at Maryland because of the uncertainty surrounding Friedgen's job status all season and Edsall only getting a month to clean up the mess after he was hired in early January.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Randy Edsall's goal this week was to keep the pre-game preparation as routine as possible. The Maryland football coach told his team that Ohio State is just another opponent, that the Buckeyes have good players but the Terps do too. Nothing changed about Maryland's practice schedule. Edsall even turned down numerous interview requests because he did not want his players to see him doing anything different than he would during a normal week. But Edsall, his players and the rest of the program recognize the significance of Saturday's game against No. 20 Ohio State.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
Maryland unveiled a 22-man recruiting class today in College Park. Here are some notes from Randy Edsall's news conference. ** It was a “pretty uneventful” Signing Day, Edsall joked before discussing the Maryland decisions made Wednesday by Friendship Collegiate Academy linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, Suitland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs and Avalon School defensive back Jacquille Veii . “I think that makes a big statement,” the...
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
I have been critical of many things Maryland football coach Randy Edsallhas said and done over the course of his first season in College Park, but the moves he made in replacing his team's offensive and defensive coordinators are to be applauded -- on a number of fronts. First, new offensive coordinator Mike Lockley is a huge upgrade over any assistant Edsall has brought on when it comes to recruiting. Locksley, too, consistently raised the performance of his offense in the four years he held the coordinator's position at Illinois under Ron Zook.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Last month, former Maryland assistant and current Penn State football coach James Franklin came to the area and declared the Nittany Lions would treat Maryland as its home state - even though it's already someone else's home state. Franklin said area schools " might as well shut ... down because they don't have a chance. " On Monday, Randy Edsall responded to that at a charity golf tournament on Franklin's home turf: “Talk is cheap,” Edsall said, according to the York Dispatch . "We're not gonna boast and brag,” Edsall told the Dispatch.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon are among the highest-profile public employees in the state. They are also the highest paid. Their ranking is not unusual. Across the country, television revenues have pushed coaching salaries higher and higher and created an arms race of sorts. Top athletic programs have been willing to pay what would have once seemed exorbitant sums to keep pace with rivals. Edsall and Turgeon are both near the midpoints of their contracts, which they signed in 2011.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Sunday that freshman receiver-returner Stefon Diggs must learn to keep his emotions in check when the opposing team provokes him. ”He can't go and do what he did there,” Edsall said, referring to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed against Diggs during Maryland's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday. Diggs appeared to toss the football at a Yellow Jackets player in the first half. “He's got to understand that there will be people that will try to get inside his head,” Edsall said.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall offered condolences today to former Terp and current Raven Torrey Smith, whose younger brother, Tevin, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Edsall said Maryland's football program was thinking about Smith and his family and “praying for them.” Smith, who played for former coach Ralph Friedgen, remains close with  current and former Terps players. He trains with many of them during the offseason and returns occasionally to College Park.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 2, 2014
Maryland announced on Thursday that football season ticket sales have increased 25 percent since last year. That means coach Randy Edsall will receive a $100,000 bonus, according to Edsall's contract. Edsall signed a six-year deal with the Terps in 2011 that is worth $2 million annually. Among the incentives in the contract is a $100,000 bonus if Maryland's season ticket sales increase 25 percent or more in a year. In addition to season ticket sales, the Terps' overall attendance is up 25 percent from last season, the biggest increase of any school within the Power 5 conferences.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 1, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  On Saturday, Michigan coach Brady Hoke failed to immediately remove quarterback Shane Morris from the Wolverines' game against Minnesota despite Morris displaying concussion-like symptoms after a blow to the head. He then allowed Morris to re-enter the game a few plays later before finally being pulled from the game for good. In the days since, Hoke and Michigan have been the target of heavy criticism on a national level, and it did not help that Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon acknowledged in a statement sent out early Tuesday morning that Morris has since been diagnosed with a probable mild concussion . Without critiquing Hoke or Michigan, Terps coach Randy Edsall laid out the team's concussion protocol Tuesday when asked how Maryland approaches players who display concussion-like symptoms.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 30, 2014
The University of Connecticut has completed fundraising for a memorial in honor of former Huskies cornerback Jasper Howard, who was killed at an on-campus dance in 2009. The “lead gift” for the memorial came from Maryland's Randy Edsall, who was Howard's coach at Connecticut. “Jasper Howard represented everything that is good about college athletics,” Edsall said in a statement released by Connecticut. “He loved being a student-athlete at UConn. His tragic death had a bonding reaction with the entire UConn community that none of us will ever forget for the rest of our lives.” Former Connecticut players, as well as Huskies fans from around the country, contributed towards constructing the statue as well.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 28, 2014
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown may practice this week. He may not. Either way, Terps coach Randy Edsall likely will not have much to say about Brown prior to Saturday's game against No. 22 Ohio State. Brown suffered a sprained left wrist against Indiana Saturday and did not play during the second half. “We'll see if he can practice,” Edsall said. “But we won't have anything [on his status] until game-time.” The Big Ten does not require its coaches to put out injury reports during the week, so it would not make much sense strategically for Edsall to update Ohio State on Brown's status if he does not have to. Without knowing whether Brown will play, Ohio State will likely have to spend time preparing for Brown as well as backup quarterback Caleb Rowe, a traditional pocket passer who brings a different skill set to the table than the dual-threat Brown.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 27, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a sprained left wrist during the Terps ' win over Indiana Saturday. Brown was injured during the first half and did not play in the second half. Terps coach Randy Edsall did not say whether he expects Brown to be available for Maryland's game vs. No. 22 Ohio State Saturday in College Park. Brown had a cast on his left wrist when he came out of the locker room for the second half. "I don't have any idea yet [on a timetable]
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - The transformation took place late last season, on what started out as a dreary November afternoon at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium. Maryland went into Blacksburg thought to be no more than road kill for the Hokies and emerged with a bit of a swagger after a 27-24 overtime victory. When the 2014 Terps make their Big Ten debut Saturday at Indiana, there is a growing confidence about playing on the road. Maryland (3-1) has won four straight true road games, including wins at South Florida on Sept.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
What's that old saying? “If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.” After losing its second starting quarterback to the same injury -- an anterior cruciate ligament tear -- Maryland is left to start again at quarterback. I'll have a story for tomorrow's paper on the two guys left standing -- Caleb Rowe and Devin Burns. They are very different sorts of players. Rowe is a pocket passer. Two teammates described him to me today as a "gunslinger" because of the way he whips the ball downfield during two-minute drills in practice.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 18, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- For Maryland, Saturday's game at Syracuse is a chance to get back on track after last week's loss to West Virginia and an opportunity to move to 3-1 heading into Big Ten play. But for Terps coach Randy Edsall , it is also a return to his alma mater. Edsall was a quarterback at Syracuse from 1976-79. He then began his coaching career at Syracuse as a graduate assistant 1980 and spent 11 seasons on the Orange's staff before moving on to Boston College in 1991.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 21, 2014
Maryland coach Randy Edsall stood outside the visiting locker room at the Carrier Dome on Saturday shortly after the Terps beat Syracuse. Edsall was happy about the win, which moved Maryland to 3-1 heading into next week's Big Ten opener at Indiana. But he also understands the difficult position the Terps are in defensively because of the amount of injuries Maryland has endured since the season began in late August. "We're going to have to have a lot more guys step up," Edsall said.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 21, 2014
Maryland defensive end Quinton Jefferson will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury he suffered during the Terps' loss to West Virginia on Sept. 13. Jefferson, who will undergo surgery Friday, had 47 tackles, 7 1/2 tackles for a loss and three sacks while starting all 13 games for Maryland last season. He had eight tackles and a sack in the first three games this year. This is another blow for a Terps defense that has dealt with injuries to several key players since the season began in late August.
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