Maryland's new head football coach would like to see Penn State on a future Terps' schedule.
"I think it would be good for the region and for both programs," Glen Rock native Randy Edsall said Monday during an appearance at the 23rd annual York County Special Olympics Celebrity Golf Tournament.
"Kevin Anderson, my athletic director, he and I have talked and that's something we want to do, but we're not going to play two for one (two games at Penn State for every one at Maryland). If they want to play us in a one for one and have an extended series, we would love to do that."
Penn State and Maryland met for decades on a regular basis, but the last meeting between the Terps and Nittany Lions was in 1993, Penn State's first season in the Big Ten.
A resumption of the Penn State series, if it happens, will be down the road. Edsall has much more pressing matters right now.
He's looking to build a successful program like he did at his last stop, the University of Connecticut. Under Edsall, the Huskies won two Big East titles and made postseason appearances the past four seasons, including a Fiesta Bowl berth.
"The biggest thing we want to do is keep the young men (potential recruits) home. I consider this area (York County) part of our home area, but I'm also talking about Maryland, D.C. and northern Virginia," Edsall said.
Edsall, who grew up following Maryland football and basketball, is more than five months into his "dream" job, but it still hasn't sunk in that he's the Terrapins' head coach.
"Maybe it will be the first game when we come out of the locker room and get on the Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium," he said. "I haven't had a lot chances to even think about a lot of those things."
SPECIAL OLYMPICS NOTES
FITZKEE HAPPY TO SEE PENN STATE-PITT RI VALRY RENEWED: While a future Penn State game with Maryland is uncertain, the Nittany Lions' rivalry with Pitt is back.
The schools agreed recently to play each other in 2016 and 2017. Their last meeting was in 2000.
Scott Fitzkee, a Penn State wide receiver in the late 1970s, is pleased that the in-state rivals will clash again.
"Hopefully, it can be more than the two years they have scheduled now," Fitzkee said. "The thing about Penn State and Pitt is that everybody knows everybody else from either playing in the Big 33 Game or being recruited."
Fitzkee, a high school star at Red Lion, played in the 1976, 1977 and 1978 Penn State-Pitt games. The Panthers won in 1976, and Penn State triumphed in 1977 and 1978.
"I remember playing against Tony Dorsett when Pitt had that great team," Fitzkee said. "We played them in the snow at Pitt Stadium and in the snow at our place. I remember getting ready to play against Pitt and guys I played against in high school. Pitt and Penn State should be playing. It's a great rivalry, and you really want to win that game."
KHAYAT TRYING TO GET BEDNARIK STATUE BUILT: Eddie Khayat is trying to raise money to build a statue.
The former Yorker and a member of the 1960 Philadelphia Eagles' NFL championship team, would like to see a statue of Chuck Bednarik built outside Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Bednarik, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was an NFL 60-minute man (players who started on offense and defense).
The Bethlehem native, a center and linebacker, made a game-saving tackle in the Eagles' 17-13 victory over Green Bay in the 1960 title game. The Eagles, at that time, played their home games at Franklin Field. Bednarik also competed in the same stadium for the University of Pennsylvania.
"Chuck Bednarik was one of my heroes," Khayat said. "A lot of people refer to Chuck as Mr. Eagle. What a lot of people don't know is that he had 30 combat missions as a gunner in World War II. He was tough."
Khayat said he's been writing and calling former teammates for donations to help finance the statue. He also said that Bednarik's son-in-law, Ken Safarowic, is involved in the fund-raising effort.
TOURNAMENT HAS COME A LONG WAY: George Tarasovic remembers playing in a Special Olympics benefit golf tournament back in the 1980s.
"We raised $300," Tarasovic said. "I thought we could do better than that."
The York resident and former NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers), proved his point by starting the York County Special Olympics Celebrity Golf Tournament at Out Door Country Club.
The tournament took place for the 23rd time on Monday. The organizers have raised $508,000 in the first 22 events.
"I belonged here (Out Door) for 12 years, and I felt it was the place to go for the tournament," Tarasovic said. "I started sending out letters to former players, and Eddie (Khayat) helped by getting guys because he played for a lot of teams."
The players came at the beginning, and they still return each year to play for a cause.
"I had no idea how it would go over when I started it," Tarasovic said. "But everyone has enjoyed it every year."
Tarasovic's only regret is not being ale to play in this year's tournament. He's scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee on Monday.
"After getting smacked around for 15 years in the NFL, all I got are bad knees," he said.
Tarasovic had left knee surgery in 2004.
WINNING TEAM: The foursome of Charles Calkins, Tom Sponaugle, Carl Klinedinst and Rex Fieldmiller combined with celebrity Johnny Holliday (the longtime radio voice for the University of Maryland football and basketball teams) to win Monday's tournament.
Calkins, Sponaugle, Klinedinst and Fieldmiller, from Griffith, Strickler, Lerman, Solymos and Calkins, won in match of cards over the York Newspaper Co. No. 2 team of Jane Loucks, Nick Ferro, Jared Bean and Chris Beaverson and their celebrity playing partner, ex-Baltimore Colts' defensive back Bruce Laird.
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