Years ago, Randy Edsall thought back to his childhood, to all the memories he collected growing up at 5 Pine Street in Glen Rock.

The youngest of three children, with a sister, Diane, and brother, Duke, Edsall said he was far from pampered.

In fact, his late father, Dick, who worked for Cole Steel on Loucks Mill Road, and his mother, Barbara, an employee at AMP, Inc., made sure that he was grounded.

Edsall also told me that football nearly became a non-factor in his life. Can you believe that?

"It's interesting, because when I played (at Susquehannock High), we had a ninth-grade team. Then as a sophomore, I almost didn't play football," Edsall said in 2006.

"... I wasn't the starting quarterback and I almost gave it up to play golf because we belonged to Bon Air Country Club. I didn't see where I was going to get a lot of opportunities in football."

Isn't it funny how things work out?

That's the lesson to take from Edsall, the down-to-earth gentleman who continues his rise to the top of his profession.

Yes, Edsall, 52, has made another career move. He is the new head football coach at the University of Maryland, according to a news release from the school. After leading the University of Connecticut from a college football "gypsy," as he was fond of saying, to a BCS bowl in his 12 years on the job, it was time to move on.


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And while some may see his leaving Storrs, Conn., for College Park, Md., as a lateral move, don't be so quick to rush to judgment.

For starters, as a Connecticut native myself, it was painfully obvious that Edsall had taken the UConn program as far as it could go. It's a basketball state. Always will be. Just look at the chaos unleashed when UConn tried aimlessly to sell its allotted 17,500 tickets for the Fiesta Bowl.

Plus, after more than a decade in one place, what's wrong with looking for a change?

At Maryland, Edsall can continue his knack for turning unwanted players into success stories (Will Beatty, Donald Brown and Jordan Todman anyone?). He'll be closer to his recruiting base in Pennsylvania.

Edsall will also be leading a program that is far from the national title conversation. Translation: There are not stifling expectations and there is plenty of room for upside.

So with that said, think back to Edsall's sophomore year in high school. Don't you think he knows that a single decision can shape one's life?

Believe me, he does.

That's why there's really no need to question his move to the Terps.

-- Jeffrey A. Johnson is a sports reporter for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at jjohnson@york dispatch.com or 505-5406.