I think reality is hitting the University of Maryland Football program at the worse time possible. After having to deal with the negative publicity from the Friedgen firing last December, everyone including myself thought the hiring of Randy Edsall was going to help this program move towards its ultimate goal of being a consistent ACC champion contender each year and solidify a level of player conduct that has been lacking for several years.
Maryland drew National attention with its opening week 1 victory over Miami. One can say its because of the uniforms, because of the Miami scandal or whatever the reason, but at the end of the day Maryland was being talked about with a positive spin and oh yeah they won the game. Ever since that weekend things have just gone straight downhill and in a hurry. MD lost to a very beatable WVU team, which if not for some careless plays MD would be victorious, then the home blowout loss to Temple raised major eyebrows of concern on how good this team really is and then the less then impressive victory over in state Towson High School...jk I know its University.
The past two weeks may have been the most damaging in terms of the future and overcoming the past. The two losses and win against Towson have showed that the quality of football in not even close to last year. The damage has been done on losing major ground that was gained after the Miami game with local and national recruits. Friedgen deciding that he wants to make sure everyone knows he hates MD and its all MD fault on why he teams didnt do better and he didnt live up to his word. Edsall's strict policies are drawing major critisium from current players. Ex-Coach in waiting, James Franklin has a top 25 recruiting class at Vanderbilt and being praised for his tremendous ability to turn a dead program into something with a heartbeat and bringing in top national talent. And now the schedule throws MD right into the lions cage with games @GT, vs. Clemson, and @FSU.
I can not imagine this is what Kevin Anderson, President Loh and Kevin Plank envisioned the new chapter of "Maryland Pride" would turn out to be in the first weekend of October. The reason for this post is not to make fun of MD football, but as a true fan of all Terps programs especially the football and Mens basketball teams, I think we are in serious trouble of fall back into obscurity for football.
What are your thoughts about how quickly MD Football went from BCS bowl contender to laughing stock of the ACC?