Edsall says it's an 'honor' to play in Military Bowl
ANNAPOLIS--The question actually made Maryland head coach Randy Edsall cough, a solid two or three hacks to clear his lungs after being caught off guard before he was able to regain his composure and answer.
“No, I don’t think I’ll put on a Santa suit,” Edsall said with a smile, perhaps the most fun-loving answer he has given in the weeks following a season of both triumphs and disappointments.
He was referring to an event from the past that a reporter had raised, when former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen would dress in a Santa suit for his players around the team’s holiday bowl as a way to keep everyone loose and entertained.
But Edsall sans a Santa suit doesn’t mean the Terrapins won’t enjoy the holidays with the Military Bowl two days after Christmas on Dec. 27.
“We’ve talked about that and we’re putting some things together where we’ll make sure we have something nice for them on Christmas,” Edsall said. “Do some things for them here and be able to enjoy Washington D.C.”
Maryland players and team personnel are getting a pretty good supplementary Christmas gift courtesy of the Military Bowl, a new PlayStation 4 game console as part of a larger customary holiday package.
The coaches aren’t as excited for the video game system, but it’s a good hold-over for players who might not be able to see their families as much during the holidays as non-athletes.
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday jokingly expressed his bewilderment at the level of player excitement over the PS4.
“I know all of my kids are talking about the gifts they’re getting here from this bowl. I think this is the No. 1 gift bowl in America,” Holliday told the media with a laugh. “I don’t know what those daggone machines are they’re playing with...but that’s all our kids talk about.”
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