Word on the Street: Bizarro Edsall rumor

Word on the Street: Bizarro Edsall rumor
November 30, 2011, 2:37 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comMaryland's 2-10 football season is over, but the wacky rumor mill apparently has just begun...Tuesday's bizarrenessbegan with a random post on Twitter by former longtime NFL scout and football radio analyst Dave Razzano shortly after the Jacksonville Jaguars fired head coach Jack Del Rio.DaveRazzano: Look for Maryland coach Randy Edsall to get strong consideration in JcksonvilleSurely, any Terp fan that suffered through this frustrating season under the first-year coachwould find it baffling that somebody else, a professional team at that, might want to make Edsallits first-year coach. Razzano explains the connection.DaveRazzano: Edsall worked for Jaguars under Coughlin. Likely well thought of by GM Smith. Throw out record after one year at Md. Guy can flat out coach!During the mid-90's, Edsall served as the Jaguars secondary coach for three seasons. Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith was also with the franchise in that era, hence that mention. OK, but, I mean......then Edsall addressed the NFL coaching rumor (Washington Post)...Spoiler alert: Edsall says he's not going anywhere...And then unrelated to the NFL rumor, we have this scathing column from the Hartford Courant's Jeff Jacobs about Edsall's fiasco of a season andhow those who had an up close look at the coach during his University of Connecticut days cannot say they are shocked."He forgot that he started his UConn career 11-30 and was never in real danger of his losing his job," Jacobs writes. "He forgot the school's commitment to building a major college program was bigger than one season's record. He forgot early on that the bar was set pretty low. He forgot that the 150 million poured into his program and Dan Orlovsky's decision to stay home and play in Connecticut were as big as reasons of the rising success in 2003 and 2004 as he was.Somewhere along the way in the final three or four years at UConn, Edsall began to believe that the program was all about him. Here's the rub: He got others to believe it, too."Much has been made this season of whether Edsallwas portraying the Maryland program as a rebuild situation, a charge the coach has denied, referring to the reshaping as a "process".Jacobs analyses Edsall's program building ways:"Some people employ John Wooden's success pyramid. Randy Edsall builds pyramids. Football geniuses can do it in a year or two. Edsall, the turtle, isn't a football genius. As a coach, Edsall is an aircraft carrier. He is a program builder. He is a CEO. He is organized, systematic. He needs his kind of players and is able to coach them "up" after they arrive. All that takes time. I give Edsall credit. Although his discipline could be selective, he got his players to graduate. He handled the Jasper Howard tragedy with great care.As a man, he is a chief petty officer of that aircraft carrier and when you try to go all military on another coach's 85 recruits, well, you're begging for trouble. Let's face it. The guy was 1-16 against Top 25 teams at UConn and never beat a team that finished the season ranked in The Associated Press poll. The guy never won an outright Big East championship. You come in all military dictatorship and it's not like the Maryland players said, "We better listen. This is Vince Lombardi."Jacobs also notes that Connecticut Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway was up for the same position at Maryland but the two sides couldnot make the numbers work and eventually Kevin Anderson was hired. If the Connecticut ADhad landed in College Park, Jacobs surmises "there's no way Hathaway would have hired Randy Edsall as his football coach."Jacobs concludes with what hisquestions were for Edsall when he took the Maryland job and now that he has one rough season under his belt."When Edsall, who had a frosty relationship with Hathaway, left for Maryland, my biggest question was: Can he be more than a program builder? Can he recruit top players and be creative enough to take a run at the national championship?"Now my question is, can he stop being an anal-retentive control freak long enough to save his job?"Breakfast BuffetThe Terps first-half execution against Illinois, solid. Second half, not so much. The result, another L. (CSNwashington)A look at, as the Jeff Barker from the Baltimore Sun said on Twitter, "Mark Turgeon's post-game analysis, therapy session." (Baltimore Sun)...My take, love the honesty.Caps, new coach still figuring it out (Daly - Washington Times)Redskins plant seeds of hope in Seattle (Snyder - Washington Times)The College Basketball roundup in the DMV - The latest local media college basketball poll, plus stats and stuff on the versatile Hoyas, the Hokies springy freshman, Terps, Cavs and the top 3-point shooting team in the land resides here. (CSNwashington)American drops Howard (Washington Examiner)Duke loses, big. Big (Associated Press)D.C. high school hoops star says he's going to UNC (Recruiting Insider)