Just curious, on a scale of one to ten how much time would you say you spend following Terps football?
That's a far too simplistic inquiry.
I grew up with Claiborne and Ross. I also grew up with Jack Scarbath's son. Once upon a time, the Terps were a prolific QB school. Reich was my favorite whereas to me, Boomer was all arm and mouth. I stayed interested through the "Dark Years" and thought Vanderlinden was the right hire, but I was proven wrong. I did not agree with his termination but I absolutely supported Fridge when he took over and then got season tickets when I could finally afford them. I do however think Ralph got a bit too much credit for his early success via Ron's recruiting foundation. Guys like the Hendersons and D'Qwell have been favorites too.
Regarding Randy, I kept an open mind at first. I heard complaints about the quality of recruitment during the latter part of Fridge's term and I also heard comments about his age/weight/ability and felt my own knowledge was insuffiicent to pass judgment on the change made, but I did not like how it went down and thought an alumnus who brought the team out of the dark era deserved better. But that wasn't Randy's fault, that falls on the door step of Loh, the big spender down at NC State and possibly Kevin Plank (at least that's what the guys opined to me at the games).
I actually did prefer Edsall over Leach. MD's academics are too important to corrupt via a guy like Leach. But it disturbed me to see how Randy treated the UConn players when he left them. After all, his big meal ticket here was gained on their backs. Then I saw the transfers. Then guys got moved around like Tate (an all ACC safety whose career was destroyed by the move to LB) and others. Then I heard the coach repeatedly blame the players after losses and it turned my stomach.
I sat with several alumni at the games down at Byrd and after the first Edsall year they dropped their plans and nobody bought their old seats. I continued for another year and then after year two decided to spend my money elsewhere. IMO, Edsall was even more vocal in his criticisms of players in year two and therafter and he took little responsibility for his part. That's not what football leaders do.
I have yet to see Randy ackowledge his part in the recent swoon and IMO 2013 was fools gold. Wins against teams like ODU and FIU and Uconn are fluff.
They are three of the worst teams in the FBS. WVU, UVA, NCS and VT were OK wins but the loss to Marshall was reaffirming.
As I said in another post, this team has some nice skill players now but they are negated by bad coaching. This is Vanderlinden 2.0 but it would bother me not one bit to be proven wrong. Fans stay engaged as best they can (and can afford) but dissent is healthy and often essential to improvement.
I tried to keep an open mind but at some point you have to embrace reality. Now I occasionally take in a Towson game and enjoy the less arduous commute. I spend my savings at the local establishments in Towson after the games like Razorbacks, Ocean Pride and Bateman's.
Gamedays are a lot more fun now but in my heart I still am a Terrapin....particularly when it's basketball season....though that's getting difficult too. Turgeon is not the thin skinned finger pointer Edsall is but he's got one thing in common with Randy, they both are in over their heads as ACC/B1G coaches.
Edited by weenie, 01 March 2014 - 01:42 PM.