ACC Football Kickoff 2011: Randy Edsall Discusses Maryland's Schedule, Says League Mandates Matchup With Miami

Maryland football coach Randy Edsall spoke during the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff. He said the Terps had to move a scheduled opener vs. Towson to accommodate the league and TV executives to begin vs. Miami.

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ACC Football Kickoff 2011: Randy Edsall Discusses Transition To Being Maryland Football Coach

Maryland football coch Randy Edsall conducted his media address at the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, North Carolina earlier Monday afternoon. While most focused on his comments on the Terps' schedule, Edsall also discussed a variety of topics, including the less-than-ideal circumstances surrounding his first few months on the job.

Via InsideMdSports.com:

The one thing I really feel good about is all the young men in our program as we get started on Aug. 8 have bought into what we want to get accomplished. I'm very pleased with the direction we're going.

We've had some obstacles to overcome, and we've done that. We've made tremendous strides in those areas.

When asked to elaborate on those obstacles, Edsall pointed to academic issues that have been well-documented. He also discussed a variety of other topics during his media address, including the Terps' schedule and ACC commissioner John Swofford's comments on the state of college football.

For a complete transcript of Edsall's remarks, click here. For more on the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff, visit Testudo Times.

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ACC Football Kickoff 2011: Randy Edsall Said League Mandated Maryland Open Season Vs. Miami

Maryland football fans have been circling Labor Day Monday (September 5) on their calendars for a while, because it marks the beginning of the Terps' season at home against Miami. However, during his media address at the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C., new coach Randy Edsall said he would have preferred not to play Miami first.

Via the Washington Post, Edsall said the league mandated the Terps begin with Miami because of television.

Randy Edsall said MD was supposed to play Towson in the 2011 season opener. Edsall said TV/ACC folks mandated MD switch and play Miami in season opener instead. Edsall said he would prefer to play a nonconference opponent in the season opener, but this was out of his hands.

It would certainly be easier for a new coach to play Towson first, but Maryland football fans have also been looking forward to the Miami game for a while. It's surprising that Edsall would volunteer this information.

For more on the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff, visit Testudo Times.

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ACC Football Kickoff 2011: Maryland Picked To Finish Fifth In Atlantic Division

On Day 1 of the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff, Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien said the expectations for his team are "ACC title or bust." It looks like the media voters have predicted "bust" for the Terps. Despite returning most of its key players from a 9-4 team in 2010, the Terps are picked to finish fifth in the ACC's Atlantic division in the ACC football media poll.

Florida State was the runaway pick to finish first in the division, and was also picked to win the ACC crown as a whole by most people. Clemson was picked to finish second, followed by North Carolina State. In a mild surprise, the media poll predicted Boston College to finish ahead of Maryland in fourth place. One voter actually picked Boston College to win the entire ACC.

As for other awards, O'Brien received the fifth-most votes for ACC Player of the Year. Boston College's Montel Harris received the most votes for that award.

For more on the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff, visit Testudo Times.

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ACC Kickoff 2011: Maryland Coach Randy Edsall Scheduled To Speak At 3:10

The 2011 ACC Football Kickoff continues on Monday, with a full slate of coaches ready to speak on behalf of their teams. Of course, they have to wait until this afternoon to do so because they are playing in a golf tournament this morning. Tough life. Maryland coach Randy Edsall is ready to speak at 3:10 this afternoon, according tot he ACC Kickoff website. Here is the full schedule of speakers.

2:00: Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe

2:13: North Carolina head coach Butch Davis

2:39: Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson

2:52: ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford

3:10: Maryland head coach Randy Edsall

3:22: North Carolina State head coach tom O'Brien

3:34: Doug Rhoads, ACC Coordinator of football officials

3:46: Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

4:00: Duke head coach David Cutcliffe

4:13: Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer

4:26: Virginia head coach Mike London

5:10: Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani

5:25: Miami head coach Al Golden

5:40: Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher

You can watch all of the action live here.

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ACC Kickoff 2011: Danny O'Brien Says Maryland's Goal Is 'ACC Title Or Bust'

Maryland football quarterback Danny O'Brien wasted no time in making a bold proclamation at the 2011 ACC Kickoff in North Carolina on Sunday. When asked about the Terps' chances this season, O'Brien laid it all on the line. Via InsideMDSports.com:

O'Brien certainly spoke with a veteran's confidence Sunday at the ACC Kickoff media function, repeatedly setting a firm bar for Maryland's 2011 campaign.

"The goal is ACC title or bust," O'Brien said. "Anything short of that is a failure as a season for us, despite any circumstances."

An ACC championship would be quite an accomplishment. Maryland finished 9-4 last season and 5-3 in the ACC, finishing one game behind Florida State for the Atlantic Division crown. Had they won the division, they would have faced undefeated Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. They'll have to bounce back this year without all-world wide receiver Torrey Smith, though they do have a lot of returning players.

Still, Florida State is better, Virginia Tech is outstanding as always and you have to fear Miami, among other teams. You have to like O'Brien's confidence, but winning the ACC would be a very tall order.

For more on the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff, visit Testudo Times.

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ACC Kickoff 2011: Commissioner John Swofford Says College Football Is At 'Crossroads'

ACC commissioner John Swofford spent most of his media address at the 2011 ACC football kickoff event in Pinehurst, N.C. talking about the state of the game. Noting the scandals that have rocked college football in the past year, Swofford said the game is at a "crossroads" and changes need to be made.

Swofford suggested that too much emphasis is placed on the "commercial" success and not enough on academic success. Via Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times:

Swofford: "I think winning is really important. But if you have to cheat to win, you really haven't won at all, have you?"

Swofford didn't offer many concrete ideas, besides saying that "tweaking is not enough." But one idea he did pose was to change the nature of scholarships, to the point where they would be two-year grants with the option for a two-year renewal afterwards.

For the full list of Swofford's comments, visit Stevens' Twitter feed.

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ACC Kickoff 2011 Begins Sunday, Danny O'Brien, Kenny Tate Represent Maryland Football

It may not be the circus that SEC media day is, but the 2011 ACC Kickoff is set to begin on Sunday in Pinehurst, North Carolina, unofficially ushering in the beginning of the 2011 college football season. Commissioner John Swofford and a number of players will speak on Sunday, while the coaches for the 12 ACC teams will talk on Monday.

Maryland football will be represented by new coach Randy Edsall, quarterback Danny O'Brien and linebacker/safety Kenny Tate. O'Brien and Tate will speak Sunday. They are the leaders of the teams' offense and defense, respectively, so it is no surprise that they will be representing the Terps.

Edsall is likely to be one of the major people at the event, because he is a new coach. He will undoubtedly receive many questions about how he plans to take the program from good to great, as athletic director Kevin Anderson likes to say.

For more on the 2011 ACC Kickoff, visit Testudo Times.

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