Maryland decided not to mess with the Pirate. The Terrapins have decided on Conneticut's Randy Edsall as their new head coach to take over for recently fired Ralph Friedgen. Edsall just finished his season with UConn last night as the Huskies lost to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl 48-20. It's an accomplishment for a program that has only been in FBS Division 1-A football since the year 2000. Edsall has guided the Huskies for the past 10 years as has accomplished tremendous success as it was only a matter of time before he ended up at a bigger football school. Maryland just completed a 9-4 season with a victory in the Military Bowl.They return a talented quarterback in Danny O'Brien and should be able to continue building on this fine 2010 season.
I mentioned the Pirate because Mike Leach was apparently the front-runner for this position but the administration felt it needed to go a more conservative route for it's next head coach. Leach is certainly a character and has some off-the-field issues to contend with but he certainly would have brought some offensive firepower to the ACC. Leach will still be available and will more than likely garner some more looks down the road. Pittsburgh just opened up...again.
Randy Edsall is a good hire for Maryland and will be one of the most respected members of the ACC. He's handled himself extremely well and should be successful in Maryland.