We are just now hitting the middle of October and two coaches in the Big Ten have lost their jobs this season. Illinois head coach Tim Beckman lost his job before the first kickoff of the season as the school was investigating allegations of how Beckman handled his players. On Sunday, Maryland cut ties with Randy Edsall as the program heads into a bye week. The news of Edsall’s firing was reported a few days prior to Maryland’s trip to Ohio State this past weekend, which made it seem as though the school was essentially hanging Edsall out to dry against the defending national champions. The decision, whenever it was actually made, became official on Sunday.
I already shared some thoughts about the Maryland coaching situation once news of the then-pending dismissal of Edsall broke, so I will not go too in-depth with my thoughts again. In brief, Maryland is at a critical point in its program’s development and there are reasons to be optimistic about the future if — IF — they manage to make a good hire. There are some good things coming Maryland’s way as the school invests in the football future of the program in the Big Ten, the recruiting grounds are fertile with talent and there is a tremendous relationship with Under Armour that can do for Maryland some of what Nike could do for Oregon. I’m not saying Maryland is going to be a perennial power, but it can be a top 25 program.
Edsall’s firing was the third of the season, if we are to stick by the official sequence of events on the timeline. North Texas made the second coaching change of the season on Saturday after the Mean Green were flat-out embarrassed at home by FCS Portland State, 66-7. Dan McCarney was relieved as head coach following the homecoming game. It was the biggest margin of victory by an FCS school over in FBS school, and it was not even close. North Texas saw its only touchdown of the game come in the final minute.
Sunday also saw another bizarre twist in the coaching fraternity out west. USC placed Steve Sarkisian on an indefinite leave of absence after USC Athletics Director Pat Haden determined his head coach was not “healthy.” The information coming out since that decision have not been good, suggesting Sarkisian showed up on Sunday intoxicated and has been suspected of being under the influence on the sideline. If Sarkisian has a problem with alcohol, and Sarkisian has admitted to have issues, then he absolutely needs to address his problems before taking on the burden and responsibility of coaching. This will certainly be one to keep a close eye on as the discussion revolving USC’s coaching future was already being placed under a microscope before this latest Sarkisian news as a result of USC’s Thursday night loss to Washington.
And somehow, Rutgers is welcoming Kyle Flood back to the sideline this week.
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