Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/6/11

All week long, Crystal Ball Run’s staff is handing out their postseason awards, in the aptly titled “Awards Week.”

Today, co-managing editor Aaron Torres is taking a look at his “Dud of the Year,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall.

If you want a peak into a UConn football fan’s view on former head coach, and current Maryland Dream Job contestant Randy Edsall, look no further than the opening two paragraphs from a recent column by the Hartford Courant’s Jeff Jacobs.

In it, Jacobs summed up the Randy Edsall Experience about as well as anyone in Connecticut ever could.

If Jeff Hathaway hadn't haggled over the money, he would have been named Maryland's athletic director in September 2010, and there's no way Hathaway would have hired Randy Edsall as his football coach.

If Edsall, a Pennsylvania guy with a wholesome reputation and no real Penn State connections, would have stayed at UConn another year, he would have been high on the list to replace Joe Paterno. Despite that nonsense about Maryland being Edsall's "dream job" when he bolted UConn last January, no one would more love to go to Unhappy Valley to begin the job of rebuilding Penn State morally, spiritually with one scoop of vanilla offense and two self-serving scoops of self-righteousness.

In a nutshell, that’s all you need to know about Randy Edsall right there. Up until 12 months ago, he was the great paradox of a football coach: A man who took a program from the FCS level to big-time BCS ball and beyond, coached them to multiple conference championships and a BCS bowl berth, and did it without a hint of NCAA scandal. He was revered nationally as a visionary, a program-builder and one of the best coaches in the game.

There was just one program. Locally, everyone hated his guts.

 

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