Friday, May 4, 2012
McGee looks at second-year coaches
By Matt Fortuna
This week, colleague Ryan McGee examined head coaches entering their second years, the headliner being Maryland's Randy Edsall.
Edsall was hardly the first coach to endure a tumultuous debut season, McGee says, but since the Terrapins' record was the worst, he got the first look here, grading out with an F for 2011.
Problem No. 1 will be reconnecting with his fan base, a job that Ralph Friedgen struggled with even when wins were plentiful. Problem No. 2 will be replacing the talent pool that emptied out via graduation and the mass exit of transfers.
What could solve all those issues at once is to concentrate recruiting efforts around landing players from the Maryland area. Edsall did that, signing five of the state's top 18-rated players. In all, the Terps landed 11 Maryland/D.C. products. Along with five from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia, that's 17 out of a class of 24 that are considered local.
Miami's Al Golden is facing a much different challenge. McGee graded his 6-6 debut season as a B-, with offensive inconsistency and, of course, the previously unforeseen Nevin Shapiro scandal hitting the program before Golden could even get started.
Quarterback Stephen Morris returns, though he's on the mend, and Memphis transfer Ryan Williams got all the spring reps. Golden has expressed concern about his receiver and defensive back corps, but he's anxious to get his eighth-ranked recruiting class in this summer to replace the 30 players he's lost during the last year.