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COLLEGE PARK, MD - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Randy Edsall of the Maryland Terrapins looks on from the sidelines during the second half of their 28-0 loss to the Michigan Wolverines at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Report: Maryland plans to fire Randy Edsall following Ohio State game


If one report is accurate, this weekend’s game against Ohio State will be Randy Edsall‘s last at Maryland.

Citing multiple sources close to the situation, the website is reporting that Edsall “is unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach” beyond this Saturday’s game against OSU.  The site writes that, “[b]arring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”

Just this past June, Edsall was on the receiving end of a three-year contract extension from the school as the Terps were coming off a 7-6 campaign in their first season in the Big Ten. This year, however, they’re gotten off to a 2-3 start, including losses the past two games to West Virginia and Michigan by a combined score of 73-6.

Edsall is in the midst of his fifth season in College Park, and the overall results have been decidedly disappointing. Under Edsall’s direction, the Terps have gone 22-33 overall and 10-23 in conference play (6-18 in ACC, 4-5 in Big Ten). Edsall is 0-11 vs. ranked teams in that span.

This is far from the first time Edsall has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but this is by far the closest he’s come to the coaching gallows.

As for the financial ramifications of a dismissal? That new deal signed earlier this year ensured that the hit the school would absorb would be, relatively speaking, mild. From the report:

Edsall’s contract was extended for three years in June — a move aimed at stabilizing his public standing, especially with high school recruits — but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money; by firing Edsall before his original deal ends Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year’s salary and that half-million buyout.

UPDATED 2:22 p.m. ET: In response to the report, the school would only state that “Randy Edsall is our football coach and he will be on sideline Saturday for Ohio State.” Not exactly the most comforting statement of support.

Wolverines to be without leading rusher, starting corner vs. Terps

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back De'Veon Smith #4 of the Michigan Wolverines is taken off the field with an injury against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The weather/field conditions won’t be the only things having an effect on Michigan’s offense Saturday afternoon.  And their defense for that matter.

According to, De’Veon Smith was not on the travel roster for UM’s game against Maryland in College Park and will not play against the Terps.  The running back sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU, and was extremely limited throughout the week in practice.

Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.  He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

With Smith out, Ty Isaac, UM’s second-leading rusher with 170 yards but tops with a team-leading 8.5 yards per carry, will be expected to carry more of the running-game load.

In addition to Smith, starting cornerback Channing Stribling will be out as well.  No reason was given for his absence, with a school spokesperson telling the website that head coach Jim Harbaugh will explain the situation after the game.

Hurricane threat pushes start of Michigan-Maryland way up

IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 30:  In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Joaquin is seen chruning in the Caribbean September 30, 2015. Joaquin was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane early on September 30. The exact track has yet to be determined, but there is a  possibity of landfall in the U.S. anywhere from North Carolina to the Northeast.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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With Hurricane Joaquin either headed toward the United States or out into the Atlantic Ocean but still impacting the Eastern seaboard, depending on which computer model is the weather flavor of the minutes, the system has the potential to impact a handful of college football games this weekend.

In fact, the threat of it has already impacted one game.

Due to expected adverse weather, Michigan announced early Thursday afternoon, the start time for its game Saturday against Maryland in College Park has been moved up to noon ET.  The Wolverines and Terrapins had originally been scheduled to kick-off at 8 p.m. ET.

The stated reason for the move is “the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin.”

“The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin,” UM athletic director Jim Hackett said in a statement. “Thus we remain vigilant on developments and will err on the side of safety for all participants and fans.”

As a side effect of the Michigan-Maryland move, the Big Ten announced that “Nebraska’s game with Illinois, which was scheduled to kick off at 2:42 p.m. (central), will now kick off at 3:02 p.m.” The delay is to accommodate any potential weather-related delays that could arise during earlier games.

Other games that could potentially be affected by Hurricane Joaquin include, among others, Pittsburgh-Virginia Tech, Louisville-North Carolina State, Boston College-Duke, Florida State-Wake Forest and the huge Notre Dame-Clemson matchup. Thus far, though, none of those games have been impacted, although that could obviously change over the next 24-48 hours as the system moves closer to landfall, if that’s indeed its eventual path.

In fact, one of the schools hosting one of the games mentioned seems to have adopted a “bring it on” attitude when it comes to the weather.