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A hurricane is looming in College Park this weekend, but that may not the type of hurricane that is on Randy Edsall’s mind.
In less than nine days, the first-year Maryland head coach will make his debut at Byrd Stadium against the Miami Hurricanes, though perhaps not the same opposition he expected.
On Thursday night, the Miami Herald reported that eight football players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, were declared inelgible by the university. A day later, head coach Al Golden confirmed the report, and that each player’s eligibility would be evaluated by the NCAA on an individual basis before the Sept. 5 opener against the Terps.
As it storm strikes in Coral Gables, Fla., their opponents remain calm.
“We’re going to go out and prepare as we normally would,” Edsall told reporters Saturday afternoon in a teleconference. “It doesn’t really effect us whatsoever.”
Immediately following the news about the Miami suspensions, Edsall met with his team to address the issue, driving the notion that what’s going on should not change their mindset for their Labor Day contest.
Nor should it effect their mindset for the rest of their season.
“We have to go prepare to play a game regardless of if [Miami has] players that were supposed to be playing that aren’t going to play. Our job is to go out and play the best of our ability and play the best that we can regardless of who we line up against each and every week.”
In the meanwhile, the Terps await word on whether it will be safe to resume practice tomorrow afternoon. The forecast in College Park is for rain through Saturday night and Sunday, but should clear up towards the evening.
Heading into the “meat and potatoes” portion of the schedule, as Edsall called the time in which the team is breaking camp and heading into their game-week schedule, there were three injuries noted, one of which is a mystery.
A reserve player could miss the entire 2011 season, pending a visit to the doctor on Monday, and could require surgery.
“We might have one other young man who might be out here after he has consultation with another doctor,” Edsall said. “That young man will be out for either the season or an extended time due to some surgical procedures that have to take place.
Justin Anderson and Justin Gilbert are the only injured players Edsall would discuss. Anderson, a junior defensive linemen, is expected to miss at least another a month after undergoing foot surgery. Gilbert has been pariticpating in individual drills during camp after tearing his ACL in the spring.