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: Terps hope to salvage some semblance of respect in border battle with Penn State

(Photo by: ESPN)

(Photo by: ESPN)

Isn’t it fitting that Randy Edsall is fired just before the Maryland Terrapins face off in a rematch with Penn State, the team that Edsall had arguably his most important win against during his tenure in College Park. Not only was the 20-19 victory just the second in Maryland’s 38 game rivalry with the Nittany Lions, but it probably helped jump start the DMVtoUMD movement. Maryland was notorious for losing local products to other schools in the region, and a win at State College surely went a long way of helping develop the Terrapins program.

You may remember that the game started before the opening kickoff when the Terps captains refused to shake the outstretched hands of the Nittany Lions at the opening coin toss. After a pre-game brawl, both sides knew that they would be in for a physical battle all about winning in the trenches.

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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 play hard for Edsall early, but #1 Ohio State too much late

In what is quite possibly Randy Edsall‘s final game as Maryland’s head coach, it was business as usual for the 57 year old coach. He went through his usual routine of pumping up all players individually, which he said he would when he said he was completely focused on Ohio State (not reports). The Terps looked to have surprised the nation by keeping pace with Ohio State well into the second half, but in the end the defense was worn down and the offense just could not come up with one more big play when needed. Maryland fell 49-28 and now the decision of whether Randy Edsall is going to be fired and who would step in as interim head coach is to be decided during the bye week.

Things took a surprising start as the Terrapin defense sacked Cardale Jones on the second play of the game and then forced a three and out. After two conversions on third down, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a candidate for interim head coach, decided to open up the playbook for Perry Hills. Coming out of a timeout, Hills unloaded a bomb down the field that was hauled in by D.J. Moore who won off the line of scrimmage on a post route. Just four minutes in the game Maryland was up 7-0 on the #1 team in the country, but that would not last for long.

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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: Be afraid as the Terps travel to #1 ranked Ohio State

UPDATE: MARYLAND REPORTEDLY PLAYING THEIR LAST GAME OF THE RANDY EDSALL ERA

Fans consistently complained about C.J. Brown‘s performance last year, but anyone would take last season’s seven regular season wins over this year’s catastrophe. The Terps are currently in one of their worst stretches in recent history after a blowout loss to West Virginia and then a solid thumping on their home turf to Michigan. Things get a whole lot worse when Maryland has to travel to the #1 ranked team in the country, The Ohio State University in possibly Randy Edsall‘s last coaching stint at Maryland.

Ohio State and Maryland are polar opposites at the most important position in football. The Buckeyes came into the season with three NFL prospects being viable options at quarterback. Braxton Miller took the high road and did what was best for the team by converting to a H-back playmaker role. Cardale Jones is still the starter after being benched in game previously in favor of J.T. Barrett, who lit up the Terps last year.

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Maryland Football: Terps struggled behind Rowe yet again, tired defense leads to Michigan rout

CALEB ROWE BENCHED IN THIRD QUARTER AFTER THROWING THIRD INTERCEPTION OF GAME

If you thought things could not go worse after last week’s debacle against West Virginia, thankfully you were right. The Terps struggled on offense all game but their defense stepped up and kept things close when in control of the field position. Midway through the third quarter, the Terps were down just 6-0 but then a tired defense was exposed before Michigan went on to win 28-0. Randy Edsall might have a four-star quarterback coming in next year in Dwayne Haskins Jr., but the questions has to be asked how much more athletic director Kevin Anderson can take. [Read more…]

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 get exposed for their lack of talent and readiness by West Virginia

It seems like a long time ago that the Maryland Terrapins beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 37-0 at M&T Bank Stadium two years ago. In that game Maryland forced six turnovers on their way to the rout, but today it was the exact opposite as the Terps themselves committed six turnovers. If Terps fans thought the loss against Bowling Green was embarrassing, they were in for a surprise today with a pitiful showing from Maryland on their way to a 38-0 loss.

Things actually got off to a decent start for the Terps as they had a solid drive going to open the game. Unfortunately after not converting on a 4th and 1 play, nothing would go Maryland’s way the rest of the game. Aided by a personal foul penalty for a hit on West Virginia’s running quarterback Skylar Howard, Maryland was quickly down by a touchdown.

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Maryland Football: Terps top South Florida again in mistake filled afternoon

After an extremely disappointing loss for the Maryland Terrapins against MAC power Bowling Green last week, Randy Edsall make the big decision earlier in the week to name Caleb Rowe the starting quarterback today against South Florida. Although Rowe was far from perfect, Maryland’s offense flow was much stronger compared to Perry Hills‘. The Terps got back in the win column with a 35-17 victory over the University of South Florida to complete the home-and-away series that began last year.

Things were far from pretty in the early going for the Terps. After the defense forced a three-and-out after the opening kickoff to South Florida, Rowe was picked off on his second pass attempt of the game on an overthrown ball over the middle of the field. This coming after Rowe threw two interception in four attempts last week had a lot of Maryland fans leaving the student section earlier than usual. There seemed like a chance that backup quarterback and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman might see action early. There was not much the defense could do having only four yards to defend and South Florida was up 7-0 just two minutes into the game.

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