Is Randy Edsall’s Time Up At College Park?


As the Terps continue the 2015 season in the Big Ten, they have a tough road ahead. Head Coach Randy Edsall has had a rough start to the season with a 2-3 record. Is it time for Edsall to be fired in College Park?

It would be unfair to Coach Edsall to fire him for one bad season. However, one must look at Edsall’s record at Maryland as a whole. At 22-33, Edsall has a .400 winning percentage. Being in the Big Ten seems to not helped his cause either.

As a highly touted coach from Connecticut, Edsall had just come from a Fiesta Bowl appearance and won the Big East. Edsall had a 70-63 (.526 winning percentage) at UConn and this put him high up on a bunch of coaching boards around the country.

However, Edsall was in for a rude awakening at Maryland. Little did he know at the time that the Terps were headed to the Big Ten from the ACC.

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Edsall has had to face the likes of #1 Ohio State (5-0), #4 Michigan State (5-0), #13 Northwestern (5-0) and #18 Michigan (4-1) in the past and this year, they have to face 3 of these teams. Maryland was shutout by Michigan 28-0 at Byrd Stadium last weekend.

To make matters worse, Edsall has not had a consistent starter at the quarterback position this year. That could be said for Edsall’s entire Maryland career. He has had six different quarterbacks during his tenure: C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, Devin Burns, Caleb Rowe, Shawn Petty and Danny O’Brien.

Edsall hopes to have incoming freshman Dwayne Haskins (The Bullis School) at the helm. According to 247 Sports, the Terrapins would have the 36th ranked recruiting class in the nation but, they will only have the 8th ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten. Regardless, Edsall will have a great recruiting class in 2016. That is if Edsall can make it to next year.

However, what will it cost to fire Edsall?

Coach Edsall received a three-year extension through the 2019 season. According to The Washington Post, the University of Maryland would have to pay out a large amount of cash to Edsall:

"“Should Edsall be fired prior to Jan. 15, 2017 – when his initial contract ends – the school would pay him a $2.6 million buyout ($2.1 million from his original contract with an additional $500,000 coming from his extension).”"

Maryland athletic director, Kevin Anderson, will have a tough decision to make on his head coach. It will depend on how the Terps play for the rest of the season as well as the financials of contract.

The Terps have Ohio State, Penn State (4-1), Iowa (5-0), Wisconsin (3-2), Michigan State (5-0) and Indiana (4-1) left on their schedule. Maryland is also the only team in the East Division of the Big Ten to have a losing record. Maryland could very well see a coaching change next season depending on their record.

Next: No Answer at Quarterback for Terps

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