With the way James Frankin has been recruiting, it’s inevitable that he’ll ruffle some feathers along the way.
Yesterday, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall had this to say when asked about Franklin’s goal to dominate all of the states in the area, according to the York Dispatch:
“We’re not gonna boast and brag. We’re more about substance at Maryland,” said Edsall…”We’re gonna find guys that fit the profile we’re looking for. We’re gonna worry about ourselves and not worry about anything else. Talk is cheap.”
So, that’ll make the Nov. 1 matchup with the Terps in Happy Valley a bit more fun, even if it isn’t a direct barb at Penn State or Franklin. Maryland’s addition to the Big Ten will give the two schools a chance to revisit an old rivalry that hasn’t seen action since Oct. 2, 1993 (Penn State won 70-7 then). All-time, Penn State leads the series with Maryland, 35-1-1, so the Terps have a little work to do.
Edsall, who took the Maryland job prior to the start of the 2011 season, is 13-24 at the helm. He added:
“Maryland has not had a lot of success against Penn State. We’re 35-1-1 against them but there’s been some great games in that series,” Edsall said. “I think it’s something that can be a good rivalry. We have to do something about that on our end. I think it’s just a natural fit. It’ll be fun to play. To be able to play against them is fun. They’re a good program and good school. Being a border rival is something, to me, that will be exciting for both schools.”
This isn’t the first school to add some fire to an old rivalry since Franklin took the reins, either. “People can talk about whatever they want to say, I think it’s what you do,” said Pitt coach Paul Chryst on Franklin’s #dominatethestate mantra. Penn State will renew its series with the Panthers in 2016. And in May, SEC coaches complained because Franklin was able to take part in football camps in their territory.