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Randy Edsall responds to James Franklin’s Maryland comments

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Last month, James Franklin commenced a mini war of words with a pair of schools moving into the Big Ten this season, Maryland and Rutgers.  Essentially, the first-year Penn State head coach stated that he and his coaching staff have already planted their recruiting flags in the two states in which the football programs reside and need not bother looking for prospects in those areas.

“I consider [Maryland] in-state. I consider New Jersey in-state,” Franklin said while speaking to the Penn State fans and alums assembled in Baltimore in early May. “[T]hey might as well shut them down because they don’t have a chance.”

Tuesday, one of the head coaches of the two football teams set to embark on a B1G change responded… sort of.

Talk is cheap. We’re not gonna boast and brag,” Terps head coach Randy Edsall said at a charity golf tournament in Pennsylvania. “We’re more about substance at Maryland. We’re gonna find guys that fit the profile we’re looking for. We’re gonna worry about ourselves and not worry about anything else.”

OK, it’s not exactly Steve Spurrier vs. [insert coach here], but what exactly could Edsall say? Franklin’s actually correct for the moment.

The Nittany Lions are currently rated No. 3 — behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson — in the 2015 recruiting rankings. Of their 16 verbal commitments in that class, four are from the Terps turf of Maryland (three) and Washington D.C. (one). Two of the four are four-star prospects, the other two are three-stars.

Additionally, another three verbals are from the state of New Jersey. All three of those are four-star prospects.

Maryland is currently No. 36 in 2015 rankings, Rutgers No. 49.  The former has pulled no commitments out of Franklin’s state, the latter four.  Only one of those four, though, is rated higher than two-stars.

So, yeah, Franklin has a point. And the right to toot his Happy Valley horn… for now.

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15 Responses to “Randy Edsall responds to James Franklin’s Maryland comments”
  1. kosarkid says: Jun 17, 2014 1:59 PM

    Happy Valley horn sounds like something Sandusky would tell kids to toot on.

  2. mauldawg says: Jun 17, 2014 3:08 PM

    Franklin has become a jerk. I cant stand PSU because of the Rape cover up. Now you have Franklin becoming a jackass. I guess when you go to PSU becoming a a fool is part of the job. Here is hoping PSU is a Big Ten bottom feeder for many years to come. Also hoping Franklin is unemployed in a couple of years.

  3. corvusrex96 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:36 PM

    While PSU usually gets the best recruits from MD and NJ and has done so for many years long before Franklin showed up , what is the benefit in stating it and rubbing their nose in it ?

  4. minibull says: Jun 17, 2014 4:02 PM

    “Franklin becoming a jackass”?! I guess you didn’t follow him in the SEC – he already was one at Vandy…

  5. cranespy says: Jun 17, 2014 4:25 PM

    Franklin…………terrible hire……………Nitty Lions fans will rue the day this snake slithered to Happy Valley.

  6. Bo Darville says: Jun 17, 2014 4:25 PM

    I can’t believe Maryland and Rutgers are going to be in the Big 10.

  7. cubano76 says: Jun 17, 2014 4:39 PM

    “PILLOW FIGHT!!!!!!!!’

  8. rolltide510 says: Jun 17, 2014 5:33 PM

    Why exactly does James Franklin need to act like this now that he’s at a blueblood program?

  9. kando53 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    Good grief, who vetted this j@ck@ss?! What an idiotic thing to say. The last thing Penn State needs is some loud mouth moron like that.

  10. lbijake says: Jun 17, 2014 10:06 PM

    Personally I like the SEC type of challenge. Reminds me of wrestling “Let’s get ready to rumble.” Much better than the BG10 previous attitude that ” we do not solicit an athlete that has issued a soft verbal”.

  11. dmvtransplant says: Jun 18, 2014 10:21 AM

    I don’t understant some of the comments on here. Either the Big Ten needs to recruit better so they can compete better out of conference or keep what they already do which doesn’t work?

    So which is it adopt a different model and maybe win some games or keep the old system and lose every game against SEC/PAC-12/ACC/Big-12.

    You can’t make Big Ten sucks comments and than rant against a guy for trying to change the culture.

  12. corvusrex96 says: Jun 18, 2014 2:50 PM

    Franklin did not adopt a different recruiting model , PSU has always recruited well in MD and NJ , he is taking credit for the sun coming up .

  13. barkleyblows says: Jun 18, 2014 7:01 PM

    This jackass fits right in at Ped State.

  14. dmvtransplant says: Jun 18, 2014 7:54 PM


    The school is #3 in recruiting, I’d say it’s a different model than before.

  15. vapor54 says: Jun 24, 2014 2:56 PM

    Franklin was the coach in waiting @MD before the AD cleared out Fridge and his crew. He should be the HC now. Edsall is an Edsel

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