Randy Edsall elopes to Maryland

Must be a better way.

Randy Edsall never told his players goodbye, leaving the University of Connecticut football program to accept the head coaching position at Maryland. 

Edsall, whose UConn team was 8-5, replaces Ralph Friedgen who took his team to seven bowls and six seasons of nine or more victories in 10 seasons, including a 9-4 record and a 51-10 win over East Carolina in the Military Bowl this year.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Edsall did not accompany the team on its charter flight back to Connecticut, and players said he told them nothing of his coaching plans after the Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma. Players said when they landed they began receiving text messages about reports Edsall had been hired at Maryland. “We had a meeting in the locker room after the game with a bunch of farewells,” defensive tackle Twyon Martin said. “If Edsall already had this decision made, we’re kind of shocked he wouldn’t have said anything then.”

A lot of things don’t make sense about the coaching change, for either party. Maryland hiring someone with limited success and firing a coach with a solid record of achievement. Edsall leaving the program after taking UConn to a BCS bowl where his team was embarrassed.

Sounds like a marriage doomed to fail.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Randy Edsall elopes to Maryland

  • January 4, 2011 at 12:14 am

    This appears to be an odd episode in college football.

  • January 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    If anyone remembers Edsall’s comments after the fake fair catch it isn’t a surprise he didn’t say goodbye to his players. He is much like Pinnochio, a good coach devoid of class.

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