Enough is enough in College Park, after days of rumors and speculation, the University of Maryland decided to part ways with football head coach Randy Edsall Sunday after the Terrapins’ loss Saturday to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Their third straight loss by at least 21 points, the team fought hard for much of the game before the top ranked Buckeyes created separation.
“We appreciate Randy’s tireless commitment to the University of Maryland,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but ultimately this is the best course of action for our football program moving forward.”
This was a move that has been circulating in media circles for the past week.vAfter Maryland was shutout by Michigan and dismantled by West Virginia 45-6. The Terps lackluster performance created rumblings among many of the alumni and boosters who are being counted on to help fund a new indoor football facility. The football team getting blown out that doesn’t show great promise or interest certainly doesn’t help that cause. So much so, that there was talk that Edsall would be out before the 2016 season.
There was frustration on the progression or the lack there of with the program, so the situation had to be dealt with.
Half way through the season, Maryland has an overall record of 2-4, 0-2 in the conference. They have been outscored 122-34 in the last three games.
“Over the past two years, we had shown improvement and gone on to two bowl games. But over the last six games, we have a significant setback, and that’s why I made my decision,” Anderson said.
Edsall was 22-34 while at Maryland and was 0-12 against ranked opponents, with only 2 of the 12 games were decided by single digits.
When Edsall replaced Ralph Friedgen, he had just taken the Connecticut Huskies who were a FCS program and made them a solid FBS football program to the Fiesta Bowl in 2011, It culminated a successful run for Edsall, which made him the winningest football coach in Connecticut history. Which doesn’t say much, but Maryland wishes to get back to relevance and it starts with the selection of their new head coach.