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Maryland confirms Randy Edsall is Terps’ new coach

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After a spate of reports Sunday afternoon pointing to Randy Edsall as the successor to Ralph Friedgen, Maryland has officially confirmed the obvious.

Via a press release, the school announced that the now-former UConn head coach has been named to the same job with the Terps.

A press conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Monday to introduce Edsall.

Edsall, the reigning Big East Coach of the Year, will replace Friedgen, the reigning ACC Coach of the Year.  In 12 years at UConn, Edsall compiled a 74-70 record.  In 10 years at Maryland, Friedgen compiled a 75-50 record.

For a school that maintained that part of the reason for ridding themselves of Friedgen was due to the fact that attendance and fan interest had dwindled, the hiring of a younger, skinnier version of Friedgen is at best a suspect move.  At worst, it’s a clear signal that athletic director Kevin Anderson is in way over his head, even more so than he was at Army when it came to football hires.

Anderson embarrassed a former alum and loyal Terp soldier who completely turned around a moribund football program for… this hire?

Anderson should be ashamed of how he treated Friedgen.  And the Terrapin faithful should be besides themselves for how this botched and bungled situation has transpired.

It may prove to be the right hire — or the same hire, based on track records — but it was a very crappy way to go about it.

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6 Responses to “Maryland confirms Randy Edsall is Terps’ new coach”
  1. terrapinstation71 says: Jan 2, 2011 8:12 PM

    This hire will not put people in the seats. Nothing sexy about it. The Big East is just as bad a football wasteland as the ACC. What is needed is someone who understands how the heavies (SEC and Big 12) operate. Sad times in College Park. 😦

  2. hboilers24 says: Jan 2, 2011 9:15 PM

    i have heard a ton of media reporting the past few years that Edsall is a very good coach, that his players love him, and that he does very good work with the talent he has at UConn.

    now the media is saying this is a lateral move? whats going on here?

  3. waynefontes says: Jan 3, 2011 8:22 AM

    That’s why Maryland was such in a rush to can the Fridge?

    Will Mike Leach get another coaching job anywhere worth a damn?

  4. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 3, 2011 8:42 AM

    Leach, I understand why you would want him. Edsall is a good coach, no doubt about it. However, I don’t see Maryland (no disrespect towards Maryland) as a job worth leaving UConn for. The Big East and ACC right now are at about the same spot… the bottom of the heap. Any team could win either conference.

    Also, like has been said, I don’t see Edsall as a huge upgrade over Fridge. In fact, the offense may regress (which will further hurt ticket sales).

    The good news is Dana H should have his pick of assistants now at WVU since he won’t be competing with Leach for them.

  5. cubano76 says: Jan 3, 2011 9:57 AM

    All Maryland has done here is lose 150 lbs from their sidelines. If UConn hires Fridge, it’ll be a very interesting home and home series in 2012 & 2013.

  6. Panda Claus says: Jan 3, 2011 10:33 AM

    After building up my hopes for first Leach and then Gus Malzahn, I can’t deny that Edsall’s hiring is both a surprise and a disappointment.

    We’ll see how this develops, but it’s difficult to see this move energizing the MD fan base, unless some big time recruits happen to show up in College Park as a direct result.

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