COLLEGE PARK -- Reports of a meeting for only Maryland players created something of a stir Tuesday following comments by head coach Randy Edsall that a meeting of that nature was “news to me.”
To trace the genesis of the story:
During Tuesday's media availability, freshman tight end Avery Edwards said the team had held a players-only meeting in the wake of the team’s 45-6 loss to West Virginia.
Senior kicker Brad Craddock, part of the team’s designated leadership council, elaborated with more details.
Edsall was asked a short while later on the Big Ten’s weekly media teleconference whether he was aware of such a meeting and he said he was not. News of that admission took off from there.
As part of a larger sitdown interview with CSN that will air Tuesday night on SportsTalk Live, Edsall addressed the ensuing criticism and expressed his belief that the structure of his team’s leadership council makes it so that it is unimportant whether or not he knew about that meeting or knows about similar meetings in the future.
“I didn’t know about it and, you know, I don’t have to know about it,” Edsall said. “Because it shows that they’re taking the initiative that they want to make sure everybody is on the same page and we get focused and they’re basically carrying my message.
“I don’t know what the big deal is everybody’s making of it. I think it’s great. I mean, that’s why I have a leadership council and that’s why we meet with the leadership council and you know what? They’ve been doing this all summer long. They’ve been doing this since we put the council together.
“If they feel that there’s issues that they feel like they need to address with their teammates, they bring them together and they talk about it.”
Maryland currently sits at 2-2 on the year, with losses to Bowling Green and Saturday’s defeat at the hands of West Virginia.
The road gets no easier for Maryland, with Michigan coming to College Park on Saturday, followed by dates with No. 1 Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.
In part for that reason, Edsall says, meetings like the one his players held have value.
“It’s not anything that’s a secret. It’s not anything like that,” he went on to say. “They want to make sure they go out and do everything that they can to have everybody on the same page.
“I think it shows that we’re developing leadership, that these kids are taking it seriously and they see that, hey, if things aren’t going right -- if we don’t think it’s right -- let’s not wait for the coaches to have to do it which we’ve already done, but they want to do something on their own.”
Watch more from Edsall’s interview Tuesday night on SportsTalk Live, a show that airs every weekday at 10 p.m. on CSN.