I’m sure you’ve by now that former UConn coach, Randy Edsall has agreed to become the next head coach at Maryland. I’m also sure that you haven’t heard the story of how Edsall informed his players and assistants of the news. Luckily for all of us, a freshman on the squad decided to anonymously email the Hartford Courant exactly how it all went down. And more importantly, just how pissed off everyone was about it.
Gather round, this is a doozy.
No more than 25 players returned to Connecticut Sunday on the UConn charter. UConn is on break right now and many players scattered when they could. So he hadn’t addressed everybody.
When the plane landed….
“We were on hold for a half-hour, with the operations manager telling us Edsall would be coming on in a few minutes. When Edsall came on he was like, “I just wanted to tell you that I’m sorry I can’t do this in person, but due to circumstances … I just want to let you know that it’s not because of you guys. But it’s an opportunity for my family. … I can move on feeling like I’ve accomplished things here and I’m leaving the program in a good way.”
“A couple of coaches said that was BS. … They didn’t know about it. He hadn’t told any of us.
“It really pisses me off because he made Jordan (Todman) address the team last night to say he was leaving. And he isn’t man enough to do it face to face to us?”
“A lot of people were just really upset by the call. He made Todman get up and tell the whole team: ‘Jordan, I think you have something to say to these guys.’ He made him do it face-to-face. But he didn’t do it face-to-face.”
“I’m going to look [at other schools], not Big East or anything. … When you bring in a new coach, the first three or four years [it's all developing the program)]. But these are Edsall’s players, not the new guy’s. … Well, I’m going to get the — out of here. But what happens with the incoming recruiting class? Are those guys still coming?
“The thing I’m concerned with is, am I going to get my release.”
The player said they had seen Edsall this morning at the hotel. “He could have told us then, face-to-face.
According to the player, Edsall also said on the call: ‘Guys, this just happened. It was a spur of the moment thing. I had no idea.”
All this “cloak and dagger” for a job at…….Maryland? And right after getting waxed on national television a couple of hours earlier? Cmon Randy. You’re better than that.