Many have complained that new Maryland football coach Randy Edsall is simply a younger version of outgoing coach Ralph Friedgen, in that he's a relatively successful coach that still won't do enough to get Maryland from good to great. That may be true, but Edsall is unlike Friedgen in one way: he's not letting his kids mess around on motorized scooters.â†µ
Several players have confirmed that Edsall has banned players from riding around on those things around campus, according to a report in the Diamondback, Maryland's student newspaper. The incident comes after a year when three players were injured in scooter accidents. Most notably, offensive lineman Pete DeSouza broke both of his legs when he was hit by a car last October, causing him to miss the season and forcing him to the hospital. Later, Dexter McDougie broke his clavicle in a scooter collision while riding with defensive end Isaiah Ross.
All the players are on board with Edsall's decision, as they should be. Besides the obvious health considerations, many Maryland students just felt like it was ridiculous for a Division I athlete to ride around on a thing like a motorized scooter. That prompted this ill-timed cartoon from the Diamondback in the wake of DeSouza's accident. Maybe now those same Maryland football players can escape ridicule.â†µ