COLUMBUS, Ohio — It probably hasn’t been the best week for current Maryland football head coach Randy Edsall, so could you really blame him for walking out of a press conference after the Terrapins 49-28 road loss to No. 1 ranked Ohio State?
Earlier this week it was reported that Edsall is “unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach” past the Ohio State game; and the expectation was that the move would be made during the team’s bye week—a week that technically starts now, mind you, for the 2-4 Terrapins.
After the loss when meeting with the media—customary for head coaches after wins and losses, hot seat or not—Edsall was asked if he expects to be coaching for Maryland’s next game. It was a rather blunt question from a reporter who actually apologized for asking it beforehand, and to be fair, it was the question that was on everybody mind. It wasn’t the question that set Edsall off, though. Here’s the video, via Brittany Cheng on YouTube.
Edsall handled the first question with class, the way you’d expect a head coach to, and was then asked about the pre-game handshakes he shared with his players during stretches and whether or not he does that every game. This was a question that was obviously baited to get Edsall to open up on his emotions regarding the rumors and provide a non “coach speak” answer, but it was a question that Edsall obviously didn’t take kindly to.
And again, who could blame him? It’s bad enough that he and his program had to prepare for and play a game with that type of shadow looming over everything.
He’s not the first coach to be on the hot seat and if he does indeed get fired he won’t be the first coach to experience that. He won’t be the last either. It’s part of football and part of coaching, and Edsall likely knows how that all works.
The unfortunate part for him and his players is that this rumor leaked out before anything actually happened, and that has put both him an his team in a very awkward position. There’s “lame duck” coaching and then there’s “dead man walking” coaching, and unfortunately Edsall has been put in a situation where his reported fate is known to the world before it’s even official.
No coach should have to go through that, no matter their record. And yes, while the media is just trying to do its job, the same thing can be said about Maryland’s coach.This is an unfavorable situation and he’s obviously trying to handle it correctly. While not the best form, perhaps walking out on that press conference was the smartest thing Edsall could have done in that situation.