A few years ago, Francis was asked during an interview whether he could recite a song he had written.
He closed his eyes and began speaking the lyrics.
"I've been up and I've been down," he said softly. "Realize money isn't everything. Been in the club and popped champagne. But look in my eyes, you can see how I've changed. 'Cause everybody wants to be a baller. But money don't solve your problems. I've been up and I've been down. But money isn't everything."
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He said recently that he hasn't found time to compose songs lately. There's the season to think about, and so much more.
"You know what, I wouldn't put it past him," Edsall said when asked about the player's dream of becoming governor. "I haven't heard [about] the mayor of Baltimore. I heard he was going right to the top."
Maryland at a glance
Coach: Randy Edsall (second season)
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Last season: 2-10
Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM
Stadium: Byrd Stadium
Tickets: $25-$55 for single games. Season tickets are available.
Parking: $15 without season permit. Various options available (umterps.com).
Offense: Multiple pro-style
Outlook: On Media Day, Maryland coach Randy Edsall sat next to redshirt junior quarterback C.J. Brown as the Terps posed for their team picture. Brown, the only quarterback with college game experience, was to be the coach's extension on the field. But Brown tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season. His injury leaves Edsall with true freshman Perry Hills as the starter. Edsall begins his second Maryland season with more true freshmen in important roles than at any time since he's been a head coach. There is also a new offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, who brings a pro-style attack with varying sets. There is a new defensive coordinator, Brian Stewart, who has installed a 3-4 scheme. Maryland ended 2011 on an eight-game losing streak. Their hopes rest in large part on their new players. The Terps will try to get the ball to freshman receiver-returner Stefon Diggs, the program's most coveted recruit in years. He was lining up as a slot receiver in training camp and returning kicks and punts. On defense, Maryland's best player is senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano, a preseason All-ACC pick. The defense has been beset with preseason injuries. Among the missing in the season opener are safety Matt Robinson (shoulder) and linebacker Kenny Tate (knee).