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Kevin Anderson Stands Behind Coach Edsall from the Washington Post

from Liz Clarke in the Washington Post

There was no shortage of cringe-inducing moments for Maryland’s football fans Saturday, as the Terrapins littered the field with missed tackles, dropped balls and botched field goals en route to their fourth consecutive defeat.

While disappointed by the 28-17 loss to Boston College, Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said he saw nothing that shook his faith in first-year Coach Randy Edsall, whose squad fell to last in the ACC’s Atlantic Division (2-6, 1-4), or the direction in which the program is headed.

For starters, Anderson noted, the Terrapins have been devastated by injuries, namely to linebacker Kenny Tate and guard Andrew Gonnella, both team captains. But on the positive side, Anderson pointed out that Maryland has two competitive quarterbacks in C.J. Brown, who started Saturday’s game amid driving rain and snow, and Danny O’Brien, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another to narrow a gaping first-half deficit for a second consecutive game.

Maryland must win its remaining games to be eligible for a bowl game — a daunting prospect, with improving Virginia, Notre Dame and surprising Wake Forest to come.

Asked during a third-quarter interview if he’d be disappointed if Maryland failed to qualify for the postseason, Anderson said: “I hate to lose, so yes. Every game we’re not successful, I’m disappointed because we’re playing the game to win. That’s the bottom line. There are no moral victories or anything else. We’re here to win.”

As to the direction of Maryland football, which went 9-4 and won the Military Bowl under Ralph Friedgen, Anderson referenced the NCAA’s recently enacted academic reforms, which will require teams to perform in the classroom in order to qualify for postseason play.

“I know I hired the right person,” Anderson said. “I know particularly, with what the NCAA established about how we’re going to operate in the future, that Randy Edsall has demonstrated that he can build and sustain a program with student-athletes who will achieve in the classroom and on the field.”

Kevin Anderson, Maryland Football
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  1. By: freddy from boca | On: November 1, 2011

    nobody likes losing but the biggest thing that turns people off is his personality. for long time not taking any responsibility for how the team was playing…and throwing players, ralph and others under the bus. anyone can see we have had lousy performances from wide receivers, defense, special teams. some of that is coaching and some of that is lack of talent which isn’t his fault…..and people understand about injuries..at least they should. it’s the way he comes across through the media. he turns people off. combine that with losing and you have a fan base that really dislikes the guy. but as you stated he has a 6 yr deal so he’s the coach and deserves a chance to se what he can do…just like turgeon or any other coach brought in. like him..don’t like him… but support the program support the team. win or lose i love maryland. it’s like being an orioles fan. you remember when things were good and you hate the losing and some of the personalities are tough to deal with but it’s my team.



  2. By: freddy from boca | On: November 1, 2011

    SKIP THE ONE ABOVE
    Nobody likes losing but the biggest thing that turns people off is Edsall personality as the fans see it through the media. I’ve never met him but I hear he is a straight-forward, honest guy. That’s o.k. for me. Jerry Clairborne was never going to be asked to host the Tonight Show but did an exceptional job at Maryland. Bobby Ross wasn’t appearing at the Improv in the off season with his dynamic personality but picked off where Clairborne left off and took the Terps to a higher level of play. Fans were turned off when the team started losing and playing badly and Edsall wouldn’t take any of the blame for how the team was playing…and throwing players, Ralph and others under the bus…(poor bus needs new shocks). And that’s something I would think the Coach learned something from. This week he said the he is responsible for the performance of the team. Good for him. Anyone can see we have had lousy performances from wide receivers, defense and special teams. I don’t think anyone can argue that. Some of that is coaching and some of that is lack of talent which isn’t his fault…..Maryland has had a lot of injuries and people understand about injuries..at least they should. It’s the way Edsall comes across through the media. He turns people off. Combine that with losing and you have a fan base that really dislikes the guy. Coach Edsall has a 6 yr deal so he’s the coach and deserves a chance to see what he can do…just like Turgeon or any other coach brought in. Like him..Don’t like him… But support the program, support the team. Win or lose I love Maryland. And when/if he wins you’ll like him. It’s like being an Orioles fan. You remember when things were good and you hate the losing and some of the personalities are tough to deal with but it’s my team. it’s no different if you are a Ravens or Redskins or Nats fan. Bottom line..please lay off the Coach for a while. How ’bout giving him a chance.



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