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Randy “Captain Obvious” Edsall: We’re not going to be Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State

Randy Edsall

Maryland is now in the Big Ten, in case you missed the realignment changes that took place this week. With a new conference home, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is making it clear Maryland is ready to make a name for the program and stand on its own two (four?) legs.

“We’re not going to be Ohio State, we’re not going to be Michigan and we’re not going to be Penn State or Michigan State,” Edsall said in an interview with “We’re going to be Maryland. We’re going to do the things that we feel are unique to be able to help us compete and win against those teams we’re going to be playing.”

Since Edsall left UConn to coach at Maryland three years ago, the Terps have been all about creating and embracing its own unique identity. One of the first ways Matyland did that was by introducing the now infamous state pride uniforms in Edsall’s first game under Edsall. Edsall’s logic here was restoring the pride in being a part of Maryland and playing for the school and the state. Since breaking out those hideous state pride uniforms though, Maryland has stuck to that formula and the look today is much more respectable than it was initially drawn up. But Edsall still needs to build on that pride and get Maryland to a point where it can compete in what could potentially be a loaded Big Ten East Division with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State along with Indiana and fellow newcomer Rutgers.

“Our program has been building over the last three years, going into our fourth year, and we have as much experience and depth as we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Edsall said later in the same interview. “And we just have to continue building and upgrade and getting better in terms of our recruiting and keep attracting outstanding student athletes that meet the criteria that we have here. Then what we have to do is coach them up and make them better than what they are.”

Edsall understands the challenges that lay ahead for Maryland, but he has a vision and a plan of attack. Edsall’s five-year plan sees Maryland playing in a Big Ten championship game. It could take time before Maryland is much of a threat to the rest of the division, but if Edsall continues to build and keeps his team buying into the process, the future could be bright for the program.

If you trust Edsall, that is.

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13 Responses to “Randy “Captain Obvious” Edsall: We’re not going to be Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State”
  1. overratedgators says: Jul 2, 2014 12:51 PM

    “If I ever see those goddamn state pride uniforms again, we’re pawning your asses to the MAC.” – Jim Delany

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jul 2, 2014 12:55 PM

    Those are good things not to be these days!

  3. jec332 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    I mean, obviously. Water is wet. Sand is dry.

    Maryland is going to be losing too much to be like any of those programs. They’ll be another Indiana. They’ll be looking forward to basketball season about two games into their B1G football schedule.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 2, 2014 1:10 PM

    You’re not going to BEAT any of those teams either….

  5. tommy57 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:23 PM

    But they have the right attitude.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:23 PM

    No, more like Indiana and Purdue. Always at the bottom of the conference.

  7. tommy57 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:48 PM

    And yet, each week, Indiana and Purdue show-up and play, knowing they don’t get national attention or respect. Why do they do it, I wonder? Commitment? Character?

  8. sportsbastard says: Jul 2, 2014 2:04 PM

    So they’re hoping to be “The Missouri” of the B1G? Only without the talent, coaching, fan support, facilities & budget.. Good luck…

  9. gary2525 says: Jul 2, 2014 4:10 PM

    You have no chance against osu or michigan st.

  10. mrterpnc says: Jul 2, 2014 4:19 PM

    Just because Edsall is trying to build his team the way he see’s fit, all you haters have to come out and down talk. How many of you have build a contending football team. It takes time. That’s why they play the games each year. When Maryland does turn things around this season with Edsall at the helm I bet we won’t hear from any of you haters then. Most of you probably go from team to team all the time depending on who’s winning. Hard to argue with you.

  11. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jul 2, 2014 5:08 PM

    Edsall was a decent small school coach who pulled a few upsets in the old big east. Even in his best years in the East he couldn’t build a team to dominate the division. He has never been a great recruiter, really he was a step down from the “fridge”.

  12. mrterpnc says: Jul 2, 2014 5:10 PM

    We will see.

  13. onlyoneleft says: Jul 2, 2014 10:13 PM

    Just glad that are no longer in the ACC.

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