One of the worst sports cliches: "the dreaded vote of confidence." Here's how often it gets used. It refers to an owner or president commenting on his terrible coach's performance by defending the team while hoping for better performance soon. I've never been clear on what an owner or president is supposed to do when asked by reporters about his terrible coach. It would not be any more dreaded if he were to say, "I don't want to give him what's referred to by you people as 'a dreaded vote of confidence.'"
This, however, is something else entirely. Maryland president Wallace Loh was asked about Randy Edsall, who's had about five times as many players leave the Maryland Terrapins program as he's had wins. His response:
"Well, he's our coach," Loh said finally. "And, uh, I think he has some very, very positive qualities. He is very interested in the student's success, as is Kevin Anderson. First and foremost, when I hired Kevin Anderson, I made it clear: we're in big-time athletics, but among student-athletes, the welfare of the student comes first. They must graduate, they must acquire the kinds of skills that will make them successful in life, because the vast majority are not going into professional athletics . . .
"Having set those broad parameters . .. 2-10 is not a record any of us likes. But on the other hand, it takes time to have a winning program. But I remain hopeful and supportive of both of them that they can turn the program around and have a winning program, while still abiding by those values."
Barely a vote of anything, right? Not really anything more than an acknowledgment that Randy Edsall is employed at the moment, and that, if you go through the paperwork, sure, technically, his employer is indeed the University of Maryland, though he doesn't exactly have tenure or anything.