It’s official – Don Brown has left Maryland for the same position at UConn, apparently to be closer to his family.
I’m upset. I’m upset at Kevin Anderson for letting this happen. I’m upset at Randy Edsall for letting this happen. I’m upset at Don Brown for the way it happened. But mostly, I’m upset because it looks like this group of grown men intentionally f****d over a bunch of 18-year-old kids.
This announcement was made two days after Signing Day. That is no accident. Don Brown didn’t suddenly decide “Hey, I’m done here, I’m going back home” within the span of the past two days. He knew beforehand that he was leaving, and Edsall most likely knew as well.
Brown was the lead recruiter for Keith Bowers, Undray Clark, Makinton Dorleant, Cole Farrand, Lukas Foreman, Jeremiah Hendy, and Alex Twine. Yes, Brown leaving seriously cripples Maryland’s defense as it currently stands, but those are the guys who are getting screwed over here. They got played. TWO DAYS after they sign official papers saying they’re coming to Maryland, under the premise they will play for Coach Brown, he jumps ship. You can not tell me Don Brown didn’t know he was leaving before signing day.
Apparently, Brown didn’t tell the kids, either on the team or who the guys who just joined, that he was leaving. Essentially, he pulled an Edsall.
Anderson/Edsall, you have to do the right thing. As much as I want each and every one of those players to suit up as Terps, you need to release them from their commitments. If they come back, fantastic. If they don’t, that’s your damn fault.
Here’s a quote from Dorleant (to Matt Bracken of the Sun) which I think sums it all up:
“He was the biggest reason I was going to go and play there,” Dorleant said. “If he made the decision a week before Signing Day, I definitely wouldn’t be going to Maryland. And I mean, there’s nothing I can really do now.”
As I’ve said many times before, I have never seen a better, more innovative defensive coordinator at the college level than Brown. The stuff he does with the defensive line and the secondary, not to mention his blitz packages, is revolutionary. I guess I just have to revert to my previous expectations of Maryland football, and be pleased with bowl appearances, not championships.
So much for “transformative excellence.”