COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said Sunday afternoon that he would like to “personally apologize” to former head coach Randy Edsall for the way that the final week of his tenure unfolded.
“That wasn’t the way that it was supposed to happen,” Anderson said going on to lay out the decision timeline as he saw it, “and I don’t know who decided last Thursday that I had made a decision but I hadn’t until [Sunday] morning.”
Anderson is referring to reports Thursday, first by InsideMDSports.com and later by Yahoo! Sports, that Edsall was expected to be fired in the time following Saturday’s game against Ohio State.
The program released a statement prior to the coach’s scheduled Thursday conference call with the media affirming that he would be the team’s head coach against Ohio State, but saying nothing further about his future.
Both during that call after the team’s loss to Ohio State, Edsall faced questions about his job security and how much he had been told by the school administration about where he stood. It came to a head Saturday when he abruptly exited his postgame press conference after emotionally responding to a question about a pregame ritual with his players.
On Sunday around 1:30 p.m., the program released a statement saying that Edsall had been relieved of his duties as Maryland’s head coach.
“It’s always difficult when you have change,” Anderson said. “Randy was the ultimate professional [after learning of his dismissal]. He thanked me for giving him the opportunity. I asked him for allowing me to work with him.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has been named the program’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season.