Friday, May 4, 2012

ESPN: Edsall Looks To Right Ship

By Ivan Maisel/ESPN.com

In the first five minutes of an interview, it becomes clear that Maryland head coach Randy Edsall does not Google himself.

Randy Edsall is happy about the team he's put together this spring and is optimistic about the upcoming season.

"I tell you what," Edsall said. "Things are great."
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Edsall took over a team that went 9-4 in 2010 and led them to a 2-10 record last year. In his 14 months as head coach, 24 Terrapins have transferred to play elsewhere, including starting quarterback Danny O'Brien and left offensive tackle Max Garcia. Edsall is on his second set of coordinators, one of whom, Mike Locksley, is fresh off a train wreck of a tenure as head coach at New Mexico.

Yet over the course of an hour in his office in the Gossett Team House, Edsall sounds neither beleaguered, nor like a B-leaguer.

"The enthusiasm, the energy, the passion for what we're doing -- the guys that want to be here at Maryland have the Maryland pride that we are establishing," Edsall said. "It's been great."

The local media works him over. One Washington Post columnist, the estimable Sally Jenkins, mocked him as a modern-day Captain Queeg. The other Washington Post columnist, the best-selling John Feinstein, didn't use the Hollywood metaphor. He just demanded that Edsall be fired. After one season.

"A lot of people think perception is reality," Edsall said.

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