Randy Edsall seemed to enter the 2015 season on reasonably solid ground after his Terps held their own during their first year of Big Ten football and he signed a contract extension in June.
But the tide turned quickly after early blowout losses to Bowling Green and West Virginia. Hurt by a chaotic quarterback situation and fan grumbling about the program's lack of big-picture progress, Edsall took his team to Ohio State amid reports that his firing was already certain.
The speculation proved correct, as athletic director Kevin Anderson made his decision the morning after a 49-28 loss to the Buckeyes. Anderson said he'd witnessed “a significant setback” in the team's recent games. Edsall had been his choice, but he had never matched the success of Ralph Friedgen, the coach Anderson ousted.
The Terps kept losing under interim replacement Mike Locksley as the search for a new leader commenced.