Oh, yeah. Randy Edsall.
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Rumor has it that Randy Edsall will coach his last game for Maryland this Saturday, barring an upset of sizeable proportion (UM’s on a run in which its three losses have come by an average score of 40 to 11).
What’s noteworthy about it is the contractual maneuvering leading up to the season. Edsall got his contract extended for three years, ostensibly to enhance his position in recruiting, but…
… just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money; by firing Edsall before his original deal ends Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year’s salary and that half-million buyout.
As votes of encouragement go, that was kind of a mixed message.
Even though Maryland’s going to be shelling out some major dollars on the buyout, it doesn’t sound like it had much of a choice, financially speaking, as boosters had begun withholding donations.
Still in the process of raising funds for its $155-million football facility, low booster morale was making it difficult for the school’s fundraisers to elicit donations. With this year’s team looking like it will struggle through the remainder of the season, negativity mounting and players grumbling, Maryland officials decided the situation was untenable and accelerated their plan to remove Edsall.
“No donor I know is happy,” one source told IMS after Maryland gave up 42 second-half points in a 48-27 loss to Bowling Green on Sept. 12. “None of them were happy with the game, Edsall, or the direction of the program. Haskins may well save his job for this year, but no donor I know is happy.”
That ain’t good. Neither is this.
Maryland’s team held a players-only meeting prior to the Michigan loss and intentionally kept Edsall out of the loop, resulting in his admission he was unaware of the meeting. The message, per sources, was to play for pride against Michigan, but it wasn’t a rally to save their coach’s job.
“It was, ‘It may be his program but it’s our team,” a source with knowledge of the meeting told IMS.
Sure seem to be a lot of people willing to talk behind Edsall’s back. I wonder why that’s so.
Off the field, he’d also earned praise for improving the program’s academic standing and avoiding off-field issues — along with the aforementioned recruiting class next to arrive next year. And for the most part, sources said, the current players like Edsall personally. But he lost their support with his program-wide rigidness — at times he’s taken names off jerseys and banned baseball caps, ‘do’ rags, untrimmed facial hair and earrings in efforts to stifle selfish individualism — along with his refusal to play more aggressively and tendency to blame them for losses.
Hokay – a likeable enough guy who blames his players for losing. Randy Edsall’s gonna Randy Edsall… right out of a job.
The buffet table is cranked up and ready to go.
- Ouchy ouch: “Let’s just say Brian VanGorder worked out better as Georgia’s defensive coordinator than he did at Auburn.”
- Chris Brown breaks down Nick Saban’s breakdown of three plays during his stint at ESPN yesterday.
- Randy Edsall may not like players transferring, but he’s down with them getting paid.
- Georgia Tech’s top two receivers have eight career catches between them. Their backups are redshirt freshmen. That’s how the genius defines quality depth, I guess.
- Brace yourselves – Tennessee is coming out with new uniforms this season.
- According to Steele, if a team had 32 or more starts lost to injury the prior season, they improved or had the same record the next year on 80 out of 102 occasions for an 78.4% success rate. Georgia lost 33 starts last season.
- Here’s an attempt to rate coaches factoring in a program’s financial resources.
Nourishment to wrap up the working week:
- Less than eight months into his job, the NCAA enforcement director has decided he’s had enough.
- Bruce Feldman lists his ten schools with the easiest 2012 nonconference schedules. Yep, Georgia makes an appearance.
- The best thing I can say about the composition of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee is that Michael Adams doesn’t serve on it.
- For all that have complained about the Pac-12’s strength of schedule numbers, Bill Connelly’s got his breakdown of the conference for you right here.
- Some great double talk from Grant Teaff: “This isn’t something that we have happily done,” said Teaff, referring to the poll being part of the BCS formula the previous 14 years. “We’ve done it because the commissioners wanted us to and the coaches wanted to be part of the selection process and that’s the only reason we’ve done it. There’s no other reason.” So they’ve wanted it, but they’re not happy about it? They can’t kill the Coaches Poll fast enough.
- Expect to hear more of this talk as the new postseason regime settles in.
- Bryan McClendon on this year’s group of running backs: “Probably as far as pure talent-base, probably the most talented that I’ve had in my room ever.”
- Randy Edsall defending himself is everything you’d expect it to be.
- “Jeff Sagarin won’t care,” said Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com BCS analyst. “He doesn’t need the BCS, the BCS needs him.”
… And Maryland decided O’Brien can’t play for Vanderbilt. Why not Vanderbilt? Franklin is there.
Edsall’s job security depends on his own performance. But if Franklin somehow wins big at Vanderbilt, it would make Maryland’s athletic director and president look awful. In the classic style of modern-day university administrators, Loh and Anderson are letting Edsall take all the bullets. But the fact is, the university president and athletic director can step in at any time and grant O’Brien his unlimited release. It is the right thing to do. And they haven’t done it.
Now, this is where it gets really rich:
Maryland’s new offensive coordinator is Mike Locksley. He was the head coach at New Mexico before getting fired last fall.
Last month, a New Mexico player named Zach Dancel decided to transfer.
Guess where he is going.
To play for his old coach.
“Of course there are a couple guys at New Mexico who are interested, who have their release,” Dancel told The Washington Post last month. “I’m sure they’re considering it. A lot of guys are good players and they’re going to have other options. … I’ve been in contact with a couple of them about Maryland. Locks is going to get players in there and Maryland is going to be up and coming and could potentially be a good team in the next year or two.”
Dancel was a starter at New Mexico. And he wasn’t kidding when he said other players may join him. The Albuquerque Journal reported that New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay, who led the team in rushing last season as a true freshman, has left the program. Gongbay is a Maryland native, and it would surprise nobody if he joined his old coach at Maryland.
Evidently, Maryland thinks it’s perfectly fine for players to transfer into its program to play for a former coach, but terribly wrong for players to transfer out of its program to play for a former coach. There is no principle here. Just “educators” covering their butts.
Don’t forget Loh and Anderson are the geniuses behind Maryland’s move last year to eliminate eight sports programs. Why did they do that?
Loh said the current business model in college sports, where schools rely on two revenue-producing sports (football and men’s basketball) as well as lucrative television contracts associated with those sports, is “inequitable and unsustainable.” Loh pledged to continue to work with the ACC, NCAA and other national organizations to address what he called the escalating financial arms race in college sports.
Barry Gossett, a co-chair of the commission and a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, said that without success in football and men’s basketball, “we’re not going to have a great deal of income to work with.”
Anderson said the struggles of the football team — it has a 2-9 record — and attendance issues late in the season played no role in the number of teams that were targeted to be cut. Anderson also said that the team’s attendance and revenue was up from last year.
It’s about the money, but it’s not. This is the president of a school in a conference with a big money TV contract bitching about inequity?
These clowns deserve each other. Unfortunately for Danny O’Brien.
UPDATE: Edsall caves.
Maryland is lifting restrictions and telling departing quarterback Danny O’Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson that they are free after all to transfer to Vanderbilt if they wish, according to a source.
Head coach Randy Edsall is meeting with the players this morning and informing them of the decision.
That doesn’t mean he’s not a dick anymore. It just means that he’s a sensitive one.
By the way, I hope this doesn’t screw up Georgia’s chances for Garcia.
There’s always something tasty in the world of college football.
- Paul Myerberg notes that there may be one weekend that proves to be the exception to the adage that you don’t plan a wedding in the South on a fall weekend: “… Nov. 17, when the [SEC] will feature more than twice as many games against F.C.S. competition, seven, as it does actual conference games, three.”
- For those who thought Tommy Tuberville would be a step up from Mike Leach in the recruiting department, it turns out that Texas Tech brought in seven JUCO early enrollees with its most recent class.
- Something to keep an eye on, playoff fans: pay options begin to creep back into viewing March Madness.
- And Texas asks for patience with the Longhorn Network.
- Sally Jenkins’ Captain Queeg analogy for Randy Edsall is pretty awesome. (Although I wish she could have worked the strawberries in there, somehow.)
- Will Dorial Green-Beckham be a bigger challenge for Georgia now?
- This comes as absolutely no surprise to me: “When he secured a coveted spot on an all-star game roster reportedly assembled by “the (2006) U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Team made up of Tom Lemming of CSTV and representatives of Scout.com“, Adam James had no Division I scholarship offers and 14 receptions in 10 games as a tight end playing in the state’s second-lowest (2A) Texas high school football classification.”