The Maryland press release announcing the cessation of transfer hostilities between Randy Edsall and the latest Terps pining to play elsewhere landed in our inbox, and all we could think was, "This would look fantastic above a gallery of 20 or so laughing animals." Can everybody see the camel in the second row here? Read on, and see if you don't make that exact face.
“While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision” Edsall said. “At the end of the day, I want what’s best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures."
When the history of Edsall is written, this gem will be enshrined in his gilded irony pantheon, alongside this passage uttered upon his departure from UConn:
"I think you can tell that I care about people. I care about players. It's the relationships that you build with people, and I think sometimes people lose sight of that. But you know what? That's life and you have to deal with it."
The guy has been fileted plenty in the press and on the message boards over the past couple weeks; piling on too enthusiastically at this point would be unseemly. But consider that Edsall is in grave danger of making James "Not Men Of Integrity" Franklin into a sympathetic figure in this, and take care to remember the parties who really deserved better in this case: Danny O'Brien, his Terp castaway teammates and all other student athletes, present and future, who want to seek their fortunes elsewhere.