Randy Edsall writes column in Maryland student newspaper

Randy Edsall writes column in Maryland student newspaper
December 19, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Edsall says it's an 'honor' to play in Military Bowl

Randy Edsall’s column in Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback, was everything you’d expect it to be.

His opinion piece was a platform for him to publicly praise his team and his staff for accomplishing the program’s first winning season and bowl appearance since 2010.

It was a thank you to the student body, which has faced public criticism for its untimely departure from games or sparse attendance altogether. Praise, praise, praise from Edsall. There will be no Bo-Pelini-at-Nebraska repeat. Nothing close to that. Happy fans make a happy program.

It was, perhaps most importantly, a pitch to those same fans to make the trip to Annapolis for his team’s appearance in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 against Marshall.

Hopefully, all of you can come support your fellow students in Annapolis to create a home-field advantage and help us get an eighth win,” Edsall wrote. “There would no better way to send off our seniors than with a victory in the state capital.”

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Is it easy to sell a student body of seeing a 7-5 football team play a Conference USA opponent in a stadium 45 minutes east of campus? The logic seems to go both ways.

Finals are done by that point, meaning there’s nothing more interesting going on on campus to keep kids from going to the game. It’s a bowl game and it’s about as local as a bowl game can get, rivaled in short distance only by a few schools, namely Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl and North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

But there’s the other side of the coin, too. Winter break means kids are off campus and headed home for the holidays. If they don’t live locally, is the draw enough to bring students back?

Regardless, good on Randy Edsall to make the PR move and publish something in the student paper. It might only do so much to help, but it certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Now we’ll wait to see what the student turnout is on Dec. 27.

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