Report: Maryland plans to fire Randy Edsall
Maryland plans to fire Randy Edsall as head coach, according to a report from InsideMDSports. The sites states the firing is expected to occur after the Terrapins’ trip to Ohio State this Saturday.
The site lists offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as a leading candidate to serve as interim head coach.
The Terps are off to a 2-3 start this season, with wins over FCS Richmond and South Florida, who is still looking for its first win over an FBS opponent, with blowout losses to Bowling Green (48-27), West Virginia (45-6) at Michigan (28-0) this past weekend. “Barring an unexpected last-minute reversal,” the report reads, “Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”
Maryland is off next weekend before hosting Penn State on Oct. 24.
Edsall was hired away from Connecticut after Maryland AD Kevin Anderson elected to fire head coach Ralph Friedgen following a 2010 season in which the Terps posted a 9-4 record and finished the year ranked in both polls. Anderson called the move a “business decision” at the time, stressing the need to push the program from “good to great.” Instead, the program slid backwards under Edsall. Whereas Maryland reached a bowl in three of Friedgen’s final four seasons, the Terps are on their way to missing for the third time in Edsall’s five campaigns.
Edsall is 22-33 at Maryland, with high water marks coming in 2013-14, when he guided the Terps to consecutive 7-5 regular seasons and losses in lower-tier bowl games.
Maryland inked Edsall to a three-year extension in June, but InsideMDSports reports the school will owe him a $2.6 million buyout.
When complete, Maryland would be the second FBS program to make a coaching change during the 2015 season. Illinois fired head coach Tim Beckman on Aug. 28.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
“When you play an aggressive defense, you better be aggressive offensively”
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is known for his up tempo approach and aggressive nature as a playcaller, but in the Bruins’ loss to Arizona State last Saturday, he admits that he wasn’t as aggressive as he should have been.
“The defense that we played on Saturday did a hell of a job. They’re well coached, and they got after us. I was not nearly as aggressive as a play caller as I should be at this point.”
“It’s like life right? If you wake up in the morning and when you get out of bed all you’re worried about is not making mistakes, then you might as well not get out of bed. That’s life, you’ve got to go out and be aggressive, and if you make mistakes, then you make mistakes. ”
Asked what he meant by stating he needed to be more aggressive, whether it was the type of plays or passes, Mazzone explained:
“It’s just kind of who we are. We’re a tempo, aggressive offense, and I just haven’t been as aggressive as I should be…it’s not the schemes, schemes are schemes, right? It’s just a matter of…when you play an aggressive defense, you better be aggressive offensively.”
If you’ve ever tried to play things conservative as an offensive play caller against a defense that likes to blitz and get after it, you know exactly what Mazzone is talking about. If you haven’t reach that point in your coaching career yet, take heed of his advice.
Clemson uses ESPN anchors, and Carrie Underwood to impress top DL recruit
Creative minds, social media, and a little help from Photoshop have forever changed college recruiting.
The latest example of that is Clemson and what they sent to Hun School (NJ) defensive line recruit Fred Hansard, who will graduate in 2017. The staged tweet features popular ESPN personalities Sam Ponder and Kirk Herbstreit, along with the SportsCenter Twitter account showing him some love.
Just for fun, Clemson also threw in some attention from Carrie Underwood on the screen shot as well.
— Fred Hansard (@Fred_Hansard56) October 7, 2015
This is a really smart move by the people in Clemson’s recruiting office. Hansard (and most recruits in general) tweets / retweets various things a few times a day, so this is obviously a strategy that will carry some weight, and including Ponder, Herbie, and Carrie Underwood is a nice touch.
Thursday’s One Minute Warm Up
To get the blood pumping:
-Notre Dame’s new #Respect gear for this weekend is looking pretty sweet.
— Ryan Grooms (@NDFBEquipment) October 8, 2015
-Sadly, Texas mascot Bevo will miss Saturday’s game against OU due to a pretty serious illness.
Bevo XIV will not be attending this weekend’s OU game due to a life-threatening condition. He has been Texas’ mascot since 2004. — Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) October 7, 2015
-Just as a reminder, the Cubs are playoff bound, and everyone that has seen Back 2 the Future is having deja vu.
— Robert Littal (@BSO) October 8, 2015
-Former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci is an excellent story teller.
-The big fellas and OL coaches could watch stuff like this on a loop all day.
Armstead countering the inside rush. Very smooth https://t.co/B6M7xuqP76
— OL Watchdog (@OLineScout) October 8, 2015
-Sounds like after 15 years with Adidas, Wisconsin will be moving to Under Armour. -A large part of being a successful MLB manager is knowing your personnel and their limits, especially from your pitchers who are having an epic two-month stretch
Reporter: Was there a pitch count number for Arrieta? Maddon: It was infinity. — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 8, 2015
-If you’ve got kids, you can appreciate this
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 8, 2015
The best from yesterday:
-Brian Kelly after loss to Clemson: “Great effort is not good enough”
-“Look Nick, if we’re going to be hanging out, you can’t be wearing those tight ass shorts” Uncle Luke tells Saban.
On tap tonight:
– SMU at Houston – 8pm EST – ESPN2
– Washington at USC – 9pm EST – ESPN