Edsall family has close ties with Terps' next opponent
COLLEGE PARK—Randy Edsall’s wife, Eileen, was a letter-winner of distinction at Syracuse, a two-sport standout in volleyball and basketball over four seasons at the school.
She was honored on Saturday before the Orange’s home game against Wake Forest and Maryland’s head coach wanted to be in attendance for the ceremony.
But as with anything pertaining to NCAA rules, it’s never that easy.
In order to comply with a bylaw that bars in-person scouting of future opponents, Edsall had a personal escort into the Carrier Dome on Saturday to watch the ceremony, then was promptly escorted back out before kickoff.
No watching warmups. No seeing kickoff at his alma mater. In, out, on his way back to Maryland.
“I was a good boy,” Edsall joked to the media on Tuesday. “Did exactly what I was told to do.
“I’m just glad I had the opportunity to be there for my wife and the accomplishments that she had.”
And now Maryland turns its sights to Syracuse, not for any ceremony but because they're the next in line as the 4-4 Orange come to College Park on Saturday.
It will be Maryland’s third crack at notching its sixth win and accomplishing one prominent preseason goal—attaining bowl eligibility—as the final third of the season gets underway.
“We’ve definitely got a good opportunity this week playing at home,” starting quarterback C.J. Brown said. “To come out and get number six would be huge right now. Six isn’t the goal. It’s just another stepping stone.”
This might be Maryland’s best opportunity to become bowl eligible with four games to play. If the Terrapins don’t get a win Saturday, they’ll need a win against either Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, against a Boston College team at home that has hung with Florida State and Clemson, or against NC State on the road.
Following a bye week, the Terrapins had a chance to heal the rash of injuries that struck the starting lineups in the weeks prior.
Though we won’t know the team’s full injury report until Thursday, running back Brandon Ross, tight end Dave Stinebaugh, outside linebacker Matt Robinson, and inside linebacker L.A. Goree are all back on the two-deep depth chart after missing Maryland’s loss to Clemson.
And it’s an ACC game, even if it doesn’t feel like it, with one team just entering the conference and another on its way out.
“It is kind of different,” defensive end Zeke Riser said Tuesday. “It’s kind of, I guess, ironic…We definitely want to leave the ACC the right way and so we need to get this win.”
Comcast SportsNet will broadcast the game on Saturday. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m.