Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Terps on wrong course in Edsall's first year
By ESPN.com staff
Maryland coach Randy Edsall did not inherit a bad team.
In fact, he took over a program coming off a nine-win season that included a bowl win and culminated with former coach Ralph Friedgen being named the Coach of the Year.
Sounds like a pretty good situation to walk into.
Instead of building on that success, though, Maryland is now 2-5, hasn’t won a conference game since the season opener against Miami, and has to win four of the final five games to reach the postseason. It hasn’t exactly been the debut Edsall was probably hoping for in his first season. There is uncertainty at the quarterback position, while injuries and inexperience have plagued the defense. There is also an underlying hint of discontent among some of the players that will likely be too much for Maryland to overcome in the final stretch of the season.
So where is the program headed under Edsall?
Maryland can’t afford to buyout another contract. Edsall is guaranteed $10 million over the next five years. Maryland fans have little choice but to embrace the situation and root for the best. There will likely be some turnover following this season, as disgruntled players look to find a way out. Whether embattled quarterback Danny O'Brien is among them remains to be seen.
The bottom line is this: Unless Edsall miraculously finds a way to start luring in recruits on par with what Clemson and Florida State have been landing, the Terps -- and Boston College for that matter -- are likely going to be stuck battling it out for the bottom of the Atlantic Division.
We’ll find out this weekend who’s leading that race.