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Randy Edsall Bans Maryland Football Players From Riding Motorized Scooters

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.

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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

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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. 

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