Randy Edsall makes the right call

February, 22, 2012
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It’s time to back off. Lay off. Leave the man breathe for a moment.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall has made his share of mistakes, but this wasn’t one of them. On Wednesday morning, Edsall made things right.

Edsall’s decision to release former quarterback Danny O'Brien and two other players from the program without transfer restrictions shows Edsall does have the ability to concede he was wrong and put the program ahead of himself.

“While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision,” Edsall said in a prepared statement. “At the end of the day, I want what’s best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures.”

Was Edsall feeling the heat from all of the recent negative publicity? Probably. Pressured by his bosses to make the public relations nightmare go away? Maybe.

Here’s the thing, though: It doesn’t matter what prompted Edsall to change his mind, or why he did it because he’s not the story here. The players are. And not just O’Brien, Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson -- or any of the other 21 players who have decided to leave the program -- but the ones who are currently on the team.

In order for Maryland to move on, those transfers have to move on, and it’s common sense to say they should be allowed to do that at whichever school they choose.

Edsall deserves credit for recognizing that and allowing it, even if it wasn’t his first choice.

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