A frustrating off season just got very frustrating for Terps football fans. Fresh off a 2-10 season, starting quarterback C.J. Brown went down in practice with a knee injury that will keep him out for the season and there are no options left since last year’s starter, Danny O’Brien, transferred to Wisconsin. The frustration actually started when Athletic Director, Kevin Andersen hired head coach Randy Edsall two years ago in a surprise move that caught most Terp gridiron fans off guard. We were extremely excited at the prospects of watching a Mike Leach designed aerial attack dominate opponents and fill seats at Byrd Stadium. The fan base was stunned but willing to give Esdall a chance and watched as he made the classic mistake of not taking the lay of the land when joining a new organization before making drastic changes.
Frustrated and alienated, many of the star players in former coach Ralph Friedgen’s team underachieved, rebelled, or flat out quit under Edsall. Now Edsall is left with nothing and Maryland is faced with the prospects of another double digit losing season and further fan base attrition. The irony behind this is that Andersen somehow saw something in Edsall that he thought would boost support and ticket sales and now Edsall is reaping what he sowed, and has no quarterback with any division 1 playing experience.
New playing surface, new uniforms, new offensive and defensive coordinators, brand new quarterback, and a head coach whose new measure of success is if his quarterback can get the team out of the huddle without delay. . .gotta love the prospects.
I’ll be watching Mike Leach at Washington State and Danny O’Brien at Wisconsin very closely this season. Wishing them luck.