“I am not a name-on-the-back-of-the-jersey guy,” Edsall said last summer. “To me, it’s all about the name on the front. It’s all about Maryland.”
Well, I hadn’t heard Edsall explain the change, until I listened to this recent interview on Baltimore’s 105.7. This response came after he was asked about the attention the Terps got for their uniforms last season.
“I just think that Under Armour was innovative in terms of what we did,” Edsall began. “And I think people looked at that and said Oh wow, all these combinations. But now this year, we’ve gone back to a little bit more of a traditional look that we’ll have.
“One of the traditions here at Maryland, they did have the names on the backs of jerseys. So we’ll have the names on the back of the jerseys with our traditional jerseys, but with our Pride jerseys we won’t. That’ll just have Maryland and nothing on the back.
“But again, the thing I thought was our players really liked them. The demographics that we’re involved with in terms of recruiting — the high school kids — they really liked them. And to me, that’s what’s most important, is the guys that we’re trying to sell to come here, to grow this program and to make it better.”
Indeed, as I wrote last summer, Maryland was the nation’s first team to put names on the backs of jerseys, in the fall of 1961. So it is something of a tradition in College Park. Sure, this is an extremely mild change, but some fans think it matters.
“Yes it was the smallest, and easiest of the fixes, but I think we are finally starting to see a Randy Edsall who can put his hat in his hand and take a step back,” one blogger wrote. “This is a great sign for everyone.”
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TWEET OF THE NIGHT I
Kevin Durant wins gold, pays tribute to P.G. County.
Mission complete!! Seat pleasant, Maryland, ya boy bringing this Gold medal back!!!— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 12, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
Wizards guard Bradley Beal didn’t like to see Chad Johnson get released.
That’s bogus the Dolphins released Chad !— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 13, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT III
Alex Ovechkin is back in town. Yay.
It’s hilarious to watch Ovechkin in the urban spot and nobody pay him any mind even though he’s the richest dude in the building— Mike Hall (@_MikeHall) August 13, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Tim Hightower, on Mike Shanahan’s approach to roster-building:
“They don’t have No. 1s; they don’t have No. 2s. You earn your job every single day. You earn your job every single week. They treat everyone like a starter, and they expect you to think like a starter.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in San Francisco at 10:15 on MASN. So, so late. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Rick Snider on Edsall: “If the Terps can improve to 5-7, then Edsall stays. Otherwise, Maryland needs to eat his contract because a bad choice won’t get better.”
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Ted Leonsis on the Nats and O’s: “We are in it together and I hope and believe that the DMV can become a top five sports community in the world. A community that embraces and supports all teams in all sports.”
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