COLLEGE PARK – Randy Edsall is out after four years at the helm of the University of Maryland football program. After news leaked on Thursday that his days might be numbered, the school announced Sunday that Edsall would be relieved of his coaching duties and named offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as interim head coach. Edsall’s […]
COLLEGE PARK – Randy Edsall is out after four years at the helm of the University of Maryland football program.
After news leaked on Thursday that his days might be numbered, the school announced Sunday that Edsall would be relieved of his coaching duties and named offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as interim head coach. Edsall’s firing came one day after Maryland suffered a 49-28 road loss to No. 1 Ohio State.
“We appreciate Randy’s tireless commitment to the University of Maryland,” Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but ultimately this is the best course of action for our football program moving forward.”
Since going 2-1 to open the season, Maryland has been outscored 122-34 during its three-game losing streak. In all, Edsall posted a 22-34 record during his tenure as coach.
Edsall will be paid $4.7 million as part of the buyout.
“There is a short-term cost, but we feel that there are going to be long-term benefits and that entering the Big Ten and being associated with the conference, it has changed out economic model and we will be able to weather this,” Anderson said.
Locksley, a Washington D.C. native who graduated from Ballou High School, has worked at Maryland under three head coaches since 1998. He’s also been an assistant at Florida and Illinois and served a short stint as head coach at New Mexico from 2009-2011 where he went 2-26.
“Randy opened up the doors at Maryland to me and gave me the opportunity to come back, and I’ll be forever grateful to him for doing that for me,” Locksley said. “I’m also appreciative to Kevin and all of the athletic department staff for their confidence in me at this time to lead the program.”
Locksley’s promotion to head coach came as a surprise to few. The former Towson defensive back is a highly regarded recruiter who knows the local landscape like no other coach around.
“He has a passion for the kids in this area,” said Oxon Hill head coach Craig Jefferies, an assistant on Locksley’s staff at New Mexico.
Jefferies noted that Oxon Hill sophomore wide receiver Daniel George already holds an offer from Maryland. George, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 195 pounds, is described as a “big physical receiver that can run [and] catch” according to Jefferies.
Jefferies, who has guided Oxon Hill to a 3-3 record this season, said Locksley would be a logical choice to take over the program on a permanent basis.
“He’s a leader of men and he’s a player’s coach too.”
Maryland has a bye this weekend, but will host Penn State at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Oct. 24.
“The only expectations that I have as the interim head coach is to find a way to make these next six or seven weeks as productive and fun as we can possibly make it,” Locksley said. “There’s still a lot of football left to be played and we are still in a position to reach some of the goals that we set going into this thing. As a staff and as a team, we made the commitment to finish the job that we started and that’s all I’m concerned with.”