Randy Edsall's congealing staff of gruff, taciturn coaches at Maryland will be missing another Randy, perhaps the gruffest guy of all: The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Randy Shannon has declined an offer to join the Terps as defensive coordinator. Financial obstacles with Shannon's buyout from Miami apparently played a central role in the deal falling through.
SB Nation's Maryland community, Testudo Times, asks, "Does anything good ever happen to us?" Not lately, no:
In all seriousness, it seems like buyout money was the sticking issue (he would have lost $1.5 mil from Miami if he signed with us.) Still, it amazes me thatwasn't aware of this ahead of time/and or prepared to compensate him for that loss. Why go through the whole process and get the fanbase excited without a knowledge of the contract situation of the guy you're trying to hire? Another black eye in the early AD tenure of Kevin Anderson.
It's an excellent point. That's a lot to shell out for a coordinator, particularly just after shelling out even more to oust the last guy, but was the Maryland athletic department just hoping this wouldn't come up?
It's a little early on the west coast for UCLA reactions, but we'd imagine Bruins Nation is a little "So you're telling us there's a chance!" right now. Hang in there, everybody.