Susquehannock grad Edsall may be on thin ice as Maryland head coach
Randy Edsall's job as the head football coach at the University of Maryland may be in jeopardy.
According to multiple reports, the school intends to fire the Susquehannock High School graduate.
The news was first reported by Jeff Erman of InsideMDSports.com.
In a story posted just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Erman reported: "Randy Edsall is unlikely to survive as Maryland's football coach past this weekend's game against Ohio State, multiple sources close to the situation told InsideMDSports. Barring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their midseason bye week."
At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a post on Twitter, well-known national college football reporter Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports confirmed that Edsall would be fired, with the timing to be determined.
Maryland did issue a statement responding to the reports.
"Randy Edsall is our head football coach, and he'll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State," the statement said.
The statement did not address Edsall's future after the Ohio State game. Maryland's next game after the Ohio State contest is Saturday, Oct. 24, vs. Penn State at Byrd Stadium. Maryland beat PSU a year ago, 20-19, at Beaver Stadium. It was Maryland's first-ever victory at Penn State. That game is best remembered, however, for the pre-game coin toss, when the Maryland captains refused to shake hands with the PSU captains. Edsall later apologized for his players' actions.
The Terps have lost their past two games against West Virginia and Michigan by a combined 73-6. It doesn't get any easier Saturday at the defending national champion Buckeyes, who beat the Terps, 52-24, in College Park a year ago.
Edsall is 22-33 with an 0-11 record against top 25 teams during his four-plus year tenure in College Park. Maryland is 2-3 this season.
Edsall's contract was extended for three years in June, but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money. According to Erman, by firing Edsall before his original deal ends on Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year's salary and a $500,000 buyout.
"The only reaction that I have to anything is what I said on Tuesday," Edsall said during a conference call with reporters Thursday. "My whole focus and concern is working with our student-athletes and making them the best people, best students, best athletes that we can be. That's all I'm worried about. I don't read anything, see anything and I'm just more worried about playing Ohio State."
A likely candidate to replace Edsall is the program's offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, who has prior head coaching experience at New Mexico.
Edsall left UConn for the Maryland job under controversial circumstances in January 2011 after the Huskies had their most successful season, winning the Big East title and advancing to the Fiesta Bowl where they lost to Oklahoma, 48-20. Word began leaking out then that Edsall was leaving UConn for Maryland before the team even got back to campus from Arizona.
When he got hired at Maryland, Edsall called it his "dream job," after growing up a Terps' fan in Glen Rock in southern York County.