A lot of Maryland football fans and boosters have very publicly questioned the direction of the program under Randy Edsall in recent weeks, from the mounting losses to the spotty attendance to the perceived barbs thrown at the previous regime.
Perhaps the team’s most prominent fan and booster, though, has not joined the chorus. Uber booster Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, was on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore on Thursday to discuss his equine interests, but when the Terps came up, he gave a solid vote of confidence to Edsall.
“You know, it’s a long year and it’s a transition year,” Plank said on the Norris & Davis Show. “And this is not an indictment — my gosh, there is no talent! — [no], there’s a good program there. But Randy has his own vision. Ralph left a great program in very good shape, and Randy has now come on board and he’s putting in a new system that’s gonna be a little bit different, and he’s got a little different way of running it. And when you see some adversity, those are the kinds of things that have a tendency to snowball sometimes.
“It’s got to be a tough place in that locker room-- we’d have to win out to get to a bowl — and I’ll tell you, they’re not sending up white flags at the University of Maryland. Randy Edsall’s a competitor, a fighter, and somebody whose foxhole I would stand in any day of the week. I want to see ‘em battle the rest of this year, but I think more importantly, we’re looking at the future. And I’ll tell you, there are a lot of kids in-state that are looking at the University of Maryland and saying something’s happening there, and we can be a part of building something great.”
That’s the optimist’s view, anyhow.