COLLEGE PARK -- Back before the Super Bowl victories and before the stint with a newly formed NFL franchise, head coach Tom Coughlin brought two up-and-coming coaches onto his Boston College staff for the 1991 season.
One in the secondary? Randy Edsall. One on the defensive line? Danny Rocco.
Things will come full circle when those two from the Coughlin coaching tree will face off as head coaches on Saturday in College Park when Maryland opens its season against Richmond at Byrd Stadium.
"There's things that Tom did that Danny has taken with him. You'd have to ask him that question, but I think Tom influenced him," Edsall said Tuesday. "I know [former Virginia head coach] Al Groh had a big influence on Danny in his career. He's worked with him a few times.
"Danny's a really good football coach. He's a really good guy, great family and, again, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and we worked on the same side of the ball at BC."
Edsall and Rocco's tenure together at Boston College wouldn't be long. Coughlin and his staff would only stay at Boston College for three seasons until 1993, but would lead the Eagles to two bowl games in that time.
Coughlin's NFL career would begin after that when he was hired as the first head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for their inaugural 1995 season.
Edsall would follow him to Jacksonville, while Rocco had taken a job as the outside linebackers coach at Texas the year prior in 1994.
Rocco would go on to make stops at Maryland and Virginia, plus the New York Jets, before taking over at Liberty in 2006. He won four conference titles in six years at Liberty and has posted a 23-14 overall record in three seasons at Richmond.
"He's done a good job at Liberty. He's doing a good job at Richmond and I have the utmost respect for him," Edsall said.
"I see him at different functions and things along those lines. We don't talk to each other once a week or anything like that. I just see him at certain functions.
"Danny Rocco is a good football coach and a really good person."
Maryland kicks off against Richmond at noon on Saturday.