Maryland Football: Randy Edsall Era Was a Failure


Oct 10, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall takes the field prior to kickoff versus the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Following a few days of speculation and rumors, the inevitable has happened. Randy Edsall has been relieved of his coaching duties at the University of Maryland. Looking back on his tenure with the Terps, it appears to be a failure.

Maryland is 2-4 this season, following a 49-28 loss to the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Everything came full circle after Edsall stormed out of the post-game press conference.

Maryland brought Edsall on board in 2011, after firing long-time head coach Ralph Friedgen. Through four seasons under Edsall, the Terps have gone 22-34, making it to just two bowl games (both losses). It almost makes one wonder why the coaching change was even made in the first place.

Did the football program make any progress under Edsall? Well, that’s debatable. He was hired to change the culture in College Park, but we see how that story ended.

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The only real positive that came out of the Randy Edsall era was the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. So far, the Terps have landed a total of 27 three-star recruits and five four-star recruits from the two classes, most notably 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr.

Although the “DMV to UMD” movement that has taken over at Maryland began under Edsall, it most likely would still go without a hitch if another coach was at the helm. Clearly, some of the top prospects were unfazed by the rumors swirling about Edsall’s status with the team.

Haskins took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to assure fans he was sticking with the Terps.

The Movement appears to still be in motion. A couple commits have re-opened their recruitment, but perhaps, a coaching change may cause them to change their minds. Only time will tell.

Coaching in a Power 5 conference is no joke. Either you produce or they’ll find someone who will. Edsall just couldn’t get the job done.

Edsall inherited a program that was already in bad shape, but he’s leaving it in pretty much the same shape he got it in.

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