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Randy Edsall is happy to be in a “football conference”

Randy Edsall

There are football schools (Alabama) and basketball schools (Kentucky). There are also football conferences  (SEC) and basketball conferences (Big East?). Ask Maryland football coach Randy Edsall for his take on the new conference home, the Big Ten, and he will know just how to respond to get the support of the fans.

“As a football coach, I feel better,” Edsall said, as captured by Pressbox Baltimore. “I’m going to a football conference. I’m not in a basketball conference anymore.”

Edsall won approval points from Terps fans with that comment, although most would consider Maryland a basketball school, so the irony of the statement is worth noting. Most would probably agree the ACC is a basketball conference before it is a football conference. Florida State and Clemson did the ACC proud in football last season with a BCS championship and Orange Bowl victory, but the conference was built on its basketball foundation and was forced to make moves to attempt to strengthen the football product through expansion. More recent additions to the conference have actually padded the depth on the hard court more than what immediate impact it has on he football field. Syracuse and Pittsburgh have been more successful in football in recent years, and Louisville has a longer history of basketball success compared to the recent growth of the football program.

But is the Big Ten a football conference more than it is a basketball conference? To put it bluntly, yes. But the data is somewhat stacked against Edsall’s comments. The Big Ten has struggled to hold onto its position as the top conference on the football field over the last few years. Meanwhile, the Big Ten has sent four times as many teams to basketball’s Final Four than the ACC.

Edsall’s comments should be subject to much scrutiny though. He is simply playing to his crowd, one that he needs to win over this season. Nobody would blame Edsall for his remarks, and he is actually right in what he si saying. The Big Ten will continue to be a football conference before it is a basketball conference, although it may be a deeper basketball conference than it is in football. The ACC will continue to be top-heavy in football, but much deeper in basketball.

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21 Responses to “Randy Edsall is happy to be in a “football conference””
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:23 PM

    Since he couldn’t hack it in the one he came from, as long as Florida State was still around, that is…

  2. noleitup says: Jul 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    Yeah and as I much as I hate to admit it he probably wont do much damage to osu, um or mich st. Poor Randy.

  3. charles130 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    This is so great that the Big Ten is taking over the entire East Coast with these powerhouse programs Maryland and Rutgers. They are right up there with Alabama and Oklahoma and will basically just be printing money because they have such huge followings.

    The Big Ten now officially owns the Eastern Seaboard. Nevermind that if you ranked programs from Florida to Maine neither of these would probably crack the top 35 or 40.

  4. jimmy53 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:33 PM

    What a tool–I give him one more season and he’s gone…

  5. 939913noles says: Jul 18, 2014 10:11 PM

    He couldn’t win in a basketball conference? Now he will lose even more in the big ten. Lol go noles!

  6. jec332 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:15 PM

    Let’s go Penn State!

  7. dmvtransplant says: Jul 18, 2014 10:44 PM

    @ charles130

    The Big Ten is printing money, because they have the NYC and DC TV markets. So your complaint seems pointless.

  8. charles130 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:23 AM

    Actually they have 2/5 of the DC market and exponentially less of the NYC market. That was the point.

  9. jmb795 says: Jul 19, 2014 6:55 AM

    Classy comment, Randy.

  10. cubano76 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:53 AM

    Not to mention he just set up Maryland’s Basketball Coaches to have to respond. Thanks Richard!

  11. thefiesty1 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:01 AM

    Only conference wins will probably be Purdue and the ?1G basketball school (Indiana). Better hope he wins all his non-conf games to go 5-7.

  12. longtallsam says: Jul 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    When was the last time Maryland won a football title in that “basketball conference”?

  13. jimmy53 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:47 AM

    They should have never let go of Friedgen. He won 9 games his last season there, and the next season they won 2. That speaks volumes–even with graduations and players leaving (which a LOT did) you should never have a seven game swing from season to season.

    Bad recruiter—bad coach. Oh, and hideous uniforms.

  14. vols84 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:50 AM

    This guy needs to start winning. The only time he is in the news is when he is talking. Enough already Randy.

  15. mcjon22 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    Well in that case, Florida State beat them 63-0 while playing basketball on grass last year

  16. charles130 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:22 PM

    Maryland 7
    William & Mary 6

    Pretty much the worst football game ever played.

  17. onlyoneleft says: Jul 19, 2014 1:39 PM

    He has a Steve Spurrier mouth.

  18. corvusrex96 says: Jul 19, 2014 6:58 PM

    The B1G ten network will be on basic cable for the DC and NYC market . Regardless of how popular Maryland and Rutgers are in their respective areas by getting on the cable of these two cities the B1G ten does indeed get these markets b/c the TV deal was the whole point to begin with .

  19. monsterright says: Jul 19, 2014 7:55 PM

    I took his comments to mean that he is in a conference where an overwhelming number of schools would rather win a football championship than a basketball championship. In that regard the SEC and B1G would be considered football conferences. In the ACC and Big 12, it would be more of a split among schools where basketball is king.

  20. jimbo75025 says: Jul 19, 2014 8:25 PM

    onlyoneleft says: Jul 19, 2014 1:39 PM

    He has a Steve Spurrier mouth.

    Mouth? Possibly

    The humor/wit/intelligence/street cred that it takes to take a swipe at someone and still have that person laugh? Not really

  21. hodag54501 says: Jul 20, 2014 10:07 AM

    “The Big Ten is printing money, because they have the NYC and DC TV markets. So your complaint seems pointless.”

    One more point: they also have the Chicago market(Northwestern and Illinois) and the metro Detroit market(Michigan and Michigan State) They also have large city Pennsylvania. They can compete with the SEC and Pac-10 quite well.

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