Maryland released a statement Thursday seemingly in response to a report of head coach Randy Edsall's pending firing.
“Randy Edsall is our head football coach & he'll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State,” the school said in a statement.
A report from InsideMDSports.com indicated that Maryland was expected to fire Edsall after the Terrapins' game against No. 1 Ohio State, barring “an unexpected last-minute reversal.” Maryland is 2–3 and will enter its bye week after taking on the Buckeyes. The team's poor start has reportedly turned off fans and boosters, and the athletic department would take the financial hit to save face and cut its losses.
Yahoo’s Pat Forde confirmed that “Maryland intends to fire” Edsall, but reports that the timing of his dismissal has yet to be determined.
Edsall signed a three-year contract extension in June, with only $500,000 out of $7.5 million guaranteed. He is in the final two years of his original six-year deal worth $10 million. The school would have to pay him for the rest of this season in addition to $2.6 million in buyout money upon his removal.
Edsall, 57, is in his fifth season with the Terrapins and has compiled a 22–33 record at the helm. The Terps ended the 2014 season on a 2–4 slide that began with an Oct. 25 loss to Wisconsin, and they have struggled in 2015. Maryland was shut out 28–0 by Michigan in its conference opener last week and ranks 13th in the Big Ten in scoring offense and 12th in scoring defense.
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley could step into an interim head coaching role upon Edsall's firing. Locksley was head coach at New Mexico from 2009 to 2011.
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