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.”
October 31st, 2011 | 2 Comments »