Thanks to NCAA regulations, Randy Edsall won’t be able to any advanced scouting after he watches his better half honored at Syracuse this afternoon.
The school will honor four alumni with Letterwinners of Distinction prior to the Orange’s game against Wake Forest, one of whom will be Eileen Edsall. She is, of course, the wife of the Maryland head coach, who she met while the two were student-athletes at the university in the late seventies.
While Randy Edsall will be permitted to join his wife, a former Orange basketball and volleyball captain, for the on-field pregame ceremony, he will be forced to exit the Carrier Dome as soon as the presentation is complete. As the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote, “NCAA Bylaw 11.6.1 states that off-campus, in-person scouting of future opponents (in the same season) is prohibited, except when more than two teams are participating in the same event, in the same site.”
The Terps host the Orange next Saturday.
Edsall actually came close to not even be allowed to watch his wife being honored, despite the Terps being on a bye this weekend. The bylaw technically prohibits the coach’s attendance at all, so a waiver needed to be worked out between the two schools and the ACC.