September 21, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps lose verbal commits QB Dwayne Haskins and OLB Keandre Jones to Ohio State

After weeks of momentum for head coach DJ Durkin in putting together a recruiting monster of coaching staff, a storm of bad news came down on MLK Monday when quarterback Dwayne Haskins and outside linebacker Keandre Jones both flipped their verbal commitments from Maryland to Ohio State.

Both de-commits come on the eve of wholesale coaching changes that resulted in both players going on official visits to other schools. Besides Randy Edsall‘s termination, the likely departure of former-interim head coach Mike Locksley, an elite national recruiter, was also a huge cause of lost verbal commitments. Haskins was on the Buckeyes campus on Dec. 11, while Jones just finished a visit this past weekend.

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Maryland Football: Competitive early, but poor quarterback play by Perry Hills late dooms Terps against Penn State

(Photo by: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

(Photo by: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Today was probably one of the last games that the Maryland Terrapins would have a chance to actually pull out a victory this season. In the national spotlight, on ESPN, the Terps showed that they could play tough against arguably one of the best quarterback prospects for the NFL in Christian Hackenberg. Mike Locksley had his guys ready to go coming out of the bye week and Maryland was competitive throughout the first half. A shootout ensued in the second half as the lead changed hands four times on consecutive drives. In the end, Perry Hills choked in the spotlight when Penn State left the door open for a late comeback to the Terps where Maryland had converted last year. Maryland fell 31-30 in a border battle with Penn State and their hopes of bowl eligibility under Mike Locksley are now next to none at 2-5.

The theme for Maryland to start the game was their ability to move the ball with ease but inability to convert the yardage into points. On the opening drive, Maryland had three plays of 16 yards and nearing field goal range before Perry Hills under threw Malcolm Culmer in double coverage for an interception. After the defense forced a three and out, Maryland was set up at the Penn State 34 following a catch and run by Levern Jacobs after Hills broke contain. A poor screen and sack resulted in another stalled drive resulting in no points. The third try was not the charm for Maryland as Hills fumbled in the red zone after the defense worked hard to force another three and out.

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BREAKING Maryland Football: Terps notify Randy Edsall of firing, OC Mike Locksley becomes interim HC

AFTER REPORTS OF SUCH PRIOR TO OHIO STATE GAME, EDSALL SHOWN THE DOOR

After a staff meeting early Sunday, Randy Edsall has been formally informed that he is fired as the University of Maryland’s head football coach (h/t Bruce Feldman). The University made it official 15 minutes after Feldman’s report by tweeting that athletic director Kevin Anderson has relieved Edsall of his duties. As expected, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a great recruiter, will be named interim coach for the remaining six days of the season.

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Maryland Football: Terps Reported to Fire Head Coach Randy Edsall Next Week

BREAKING: TERPS TO FIRE RANDY EDSALL FOLLOWING OHIO STATE GAME

It is no surprise that many have been calling for fifth year Maryland coach, Randy Edsall‘s firing after embarrassing losses to West Virginia and disappointing performance at home against Bowling Green and Michigan. Now before the Terps travel to take on #1 Ohio State, Jeff Ermann is reporting the imminent firing of Edsall during next week’s bye.

The University of Maryland has released a statement that “Randy Edsall is our head football coach and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State”. However, beyond this weekend (barring one of the biggest upsets in all of sports), Edsall may be out of College Park after a 2-4 start to the season.

In response to the report, Randy Edsall referred the media back to his comment he made on Tuesday:

“My whole focus and concern is working with our student-athletes and making them the best people, best students, and best athletes that we can. That’s all I’m worried about. I don’t read anything, see anything, and I’m just more worried about playing Ohio State.”

Edsall is a dismal 22-33 in over four seasons of work at Maryland and has yet to beat a ranked opponent. The past of removing ACC Freshman of the Year Danny O’Brien from the starting quarterback position early on in his tenure has seemed to be forgotten, but the handling of the current quarterback situation has doomed him.

Surprising as it may seem now, but Randy Edsall actually had his contract extended for three years in June, but because the firing would come before his original deal ends in January of 2017, Edsall will only see $500,000 of his $7.5 million extension.

Some of the only good news in this matter is that four star quarterback recruit, Dwayne Haskins, has reaffirmed his commitment to the University. Haskins has even kidded that the Terps new coach may be Chip Kelly when he arrives on campus next year, although the likelihood of such is extremely slim.

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If offensive coordinator Mike Locksley does not get fired along with Edsall after this weeks game, he is a candidate to serve as the interim head coach while a thorough search takes place.

Stay calm Terps fans, Magic Maryland Madness, a sneak peak of the possibly #1 ranked Maryland basketball team, is a week from Saturday on October 17th.

Maryland Football: Terps hope not to fall flat again, host Michigan and Joaquin AT NOON

It would not be surprising if Randy Edsall and his coaching staff burned the tape of there 45-6 thumping by the West Virginia Mountaineers. It was indeed that bad.

Probably the only good thing that came out of all of this is that the second best pocket passing quarterback recruit, according to ESPN, Dwayne Haskins has remained strong in his commitment to the University of Maryland. Although it is accustomed for many true freshmen to sit out their first year of eligibility, Maryland might be in such a dire need of a quarterback to rally around that Haskins could play next year.

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Maryland Football: Terps demote Perry Hills to third string, Caleb Rowe to start

AFTER SATURDAY’S POOR OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE, RANDY EDSALL TAKES SWIFT ACTION BY BENCHING HILLS

The Maryland Terrapins released their two deep depth chart today ahead of Saturday’s home game against the University of South Florida. After starting the first two games of the season, Perry Hills has lost his job as QB1 in favor of redshirt junior Caleb Rowe. Hills was completely left off the two deep depth chart as Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman is listed as Rowe’s backup.

Hills has struggled against two poor defenses out of the FCS and MAC conferences and the loss to Bowling Green in embarrassing fashion pushed Randy Edsall over the edge. Hills, before being removed in favor of Rowe on Saturday, has totaled 306 yards on 27 of 51 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has mirrored last year’s starter C.J. Brown than many have expected by totaling 119 yards on the ground on just 11 carries. The problem for Hills was more that he was not making the throws he was expected to in key situations that led to momentum shifts.

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