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.
When asked about the report on his weekly teleconference Thursday, Edsall didn’t really discuss anything past this weekend. “The only reaction that I have to anything is what I said on Tuesday,” he said. “That’s all I’m worried about. I don’t read anything, see anything and I’m just more worried about playing Ohio State.”
Maryland confirmed Edsall will coach the team this Saturday, but didn’t go one inch further than that. “Randy Edsall is our head football coach and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State,” the school said in a statement to ESPN.
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.
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