When the Maryland Terrapins take on the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday afternoon, the talk will stray away from the talent on the field and to the sidelines. Expect the camera to focus on the Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, the man responsible for highs and lows in Storrs, Connecticut.
Edsall, in his second year at Maryland, helped transform UConn into a legitimate Big East team. After leading the Huskies to a BCS game two seasons ago, he departed for his “dream job” in College Park, MD.
The coach was asked earlier this week about his feelings going into this game.
“This week is really no different to me than any other week,” he said. “It’s just Game 3 on our schedule. I haven’t done anything different up until this point and I’m not going to do anything different from here on in. There are some people that I’d like to see after the game to say hello to and wish them well, but I am going to continue to focus on my players, the University of Maryland players all week.”
While things are still awkward for some involved in the respective athletic departments — Edsall literally left in the middle of the night after the Fiesta Bowl, failing to speak to his team — the game on the field takes on more significance.
After a disastrous first year in Maryland, Edsall is trying to lead Maryland back to respectability. The Terrapins are off to a 2-0 start in 2012, aided largely by the competition thus far: William & Mary and Temple. Still, a win over UConn would satisfy a declining fan base and given Edsall something to go back to when the ACC slate begins.
On the other side, UConn is 1-1, but nearly defeated a better ACC opponent last week when N.C. State traveled to Connecticut. If the Huskies can get decent QB play on Saturday, they stand an excellent chance to serve Edsall a dose of payback.