Maryland football coach Randy Edsall discussed his coaching staff and a few position changes today with reporters.
But perhaps his most pointed comments were targeted at his team’s academic progress.
“There’s some young men as you well know that didn’t play in the bowl game because of academic issues,” Edsall said. “I’ve been addressing that very hard. I was a little bit shocked about what I saw from an academic standpoint when I got here.”
Among the players who missed the Military Bowl were wide receivers Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler and offensive lineman Pete White.
Maryland also typically has some academic attrition each season, and it wasn’t rare for players in recent years to face dicey eligibility situations well into the summer before a season.
“One of the things we have to get corrected this spring – I didn’t inherit a very good situation here in terms of the academics, in terms of where the players were and some of the issues we have to deal with in terms of people who have to do things this semester to make sure they’re eligible,” Edsall said. “That was one of the situations I had at running back. We have some people there who aren’t where I want them to be from an academic standpoint.”
Edsall declined to name any players who are questionable to participate in spring practice, which begins in the final week of March.
“They’ve got a couple more weeks to determine if they’re going to hold themselves out,” Edsall said. “I’m not holding anybody out, OK? That’s not my doing. I told them ‘I don’t hold anybody out, I don’t dismiss anybody from the team. People dismiss themselves and people hold themselves out, not me.’ I set the standards and they have to live up to the standards. Some of these academic issues were very disturbing to me.”