Maryland Terrapins football finds itself in a very interesting position. On the one hand, it has hit rock bottom like never before, on the other it has a recruiting class sitting there that can be the building block for a great future.
It also has millions coming to the coffers from the Big Ten and Under Armour, and there’s also a $155 million football facility in the works and that can’t be discounted either.
As Terps AD Ken Anderson put it, Maryland is in a very different spot today than the last time it had to make a hire of a football head coach.
“Things have changed,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said Oct. 11. “We have more resources than we had when Randy came in five years ago. In a couple years, we’ll have an indoor facility, and we have a better revenue stream. Playing in the Big Ten will make it an attractive job. I do think we’re in a better position than we were five years ago.”
As the Terps move on from the disastrous Randy Edsall era, getting this hire correct is hugely important. Either this team becomes a real contender in the tough Big Ten East or it becomes an after thought in a conference clearly on the ascendancy.
That fork in the road comes in the form of the decision ahead for athletic director Kevin Anderson. He is the one that hired Edsall in the first place, as his first major decision as athletic director.
Getting this decision correct could be the difference between staying on as AD or getting the axe himself.
That said, Anderson and the Terps search committee would be wise to look at these five names to take things in a positive direction.