According to sources, Connecticut coach Randy Edsall is expected to be named the new head football coach for the Maryland Terrapins. Maryland will hold a press conference on Monday to announce the hiring of Edsall.
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson released a statement Sunday stating that ”Randy Edsall, who spent the last 12 years taking the University of Connecticut from Division I-AA status (now FCS) to five bowl games, including a BCS contest, has been named Maryland’s head football coach.”
In 12 seasons at Connecticut, Edsall compiled a 74-70 record, including five bowl appearances and most notably the recent birth in the Fiesta Bowl. Coach Edsall will owe Connecticut a $400,000 buyout in order to move on to College Park.
The hiring of Edsall may come as a surprise to many, as former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had been rumored to be the leading candidate for several days. Specifically in Maryland, it seemed that Mike Leach had already signed a contract with the University of Maryland, based on the Baltimore Sun’s daily reports stating that Leach was the perfect fit for the Terps.
Although Leach would have been a good fit for Maryland, Edsall may be a better fit. Edsall took the University of Connecticut from Division 1-AA football to the top of the Big East and a berth in a BCS bowl game. Another positive for the Terps is that Edsall runs more of a pro-style offense, whereas Leach is known as a coach that relies heavily on the passing game.
If Edsall was able to take an irrelevant team to the top of the Big East, then he certainly has a chance to be successful with a Maryland team that finished the season 9-4 that included a bowl victory.