COLLEGE PARK -- With Maryland’s decision to move on from head coach Randy Edsall Sunday and with interim head coach Mike Locksley in place for the remainder of the year, athletic director Kevin Anderson was asked about what amounts to his second chance to hire a football coach at Maryland.
Here are the three biggest preliminary points that he outlined:
1) Mike Locksley will be evaluated over these six games and will be in the mix
Not that one would expect anything other than this affirmation at the moment -- with the desire to fairly evaluate the interim coach after just firing the program’s head coach -- but Anderson said that Locksley would be evaluated as the coach over the season’s final six games and that he would be in the mix to be the program’s permanent coach.
“We haven’t even talked about how we’re going to move forward,” Anderson said. “But I expect Michael to do a great job and to be a candidate for this position and we’ll go on from there.”
He has experience as a head coach, but has struggled in the past. In more than two seasons at New Mexico, he finished with an overall record of 2-26.
2) Wanted: Someone to uphold the three pillars
Anderson said the next permanent coach must uphold three main, rather standard pillars for the program: academics, character development, and winning on the field.
As was mentioned, that’s not really something out of the ordinary. Edsall lacked the last of those three most prominently, which explains his dismissal.
3) Wants someone who will excite the fan base (which means offense)
Edsall’s hire, at the time, did not excite the Maryland fan base. A coach of discipline and order, combined with the manner in which his tenure began, would contribute to that. By the way Anderson spoke Sunday, it seems he wants a change.
“I can tell you that I believe that if we look at football today, the fans want exciting, wide-open offense,” he said, “and I think that part of why we weren’t successful these last six games is that we’re going to open up the offense and there’s things ... that we did yesterday at Ohio State and so I think we’re going to continue and embellish that.
“You look at some of the better coaches and the great coaches is that they bring that kind of enthusiasm to the game and that’s what I’ll be looking for and that’s what we’ll get.”