Last month, former Maryland assistant and current Penn State football coach James Franklin came to the area and declared the Nittany Lions would treat Maryland as its home state — even though it’s already someone else’s home state.
Franklin said area schools "might as well shut ... down because they don't have a chance."
On Monday, Randy Edsall responded to that at a charity golf tournament on Franklin’s home turf: “Talk is cheap,” Edsall said, according to the York Dispatch.
"We're not gonna boast and brag,” Edsall told the Dispatch. “We're more about substance at Maryland. 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.”
It’s pretty standard fare — not as much return trash-talk as it is exactly what Edsall should say, and also the truth. Though they’re conference rivals, Edsall can’t concern himself much with the prideful Penn State coach.
It’s early in the 2015 recruiting season, but Franklin appears to have the upper hand so far. Penn State’s 2015 class is ranked third in the nation by Rivals.com, with four players from Maryland and Washington, D.C., already committed.
Maryland’s class is ranked 37th in the Rivals rankings, with no players from Pennsylvania committed thus far.
I doubt this will be a war-of-the-words situation, but the two teams will get to settle it on the field Nov. 1. Edsall is excited, even if the school’s history against Penn State hasn’t yielded much success.
"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."