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UConn Huskies hire Randy Edsall

UConn Huskies hire Randy Edsall

Diaco, the former Notre Dame defensive coordinator, went 11-29 in three seasons with the program. On June 30th, 2015 the Terrapins gave him a 3-year extension, but later fired him on October 11th, 2015.

At UConn, Edsall went 74-70, led the program to five bowl appearances and helped oversee its transition to the FBS.

Edsall left his post as head coach at UConn in 2011 to take what he called his dream job as coach of the University of Maryland football team. Not that the school hired Randy Edsall, but that it forced out Diaco - costing itself more than a million in buyout money - just to rush out and hire Edsall without seemingly doing any real search, as if he's the second coming of Vince Lombardi.

Rumors have circulated from various sources about the imminent hiring for weeks, even before Bob Diaco was let go the day after Christmas.

Edsall was previously the Huskies' head coach from 1999 through 2010.

During his previous stint at UConn, the Huskies twice won Big East championships under Edsall and reached the Fiesta Bowl following the 2010 season.

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Instead, it appears that UConn went with the "safe" hire in Edsall.

Randy Edsall spent 12 seasons as UConn football coach and built the program into one of the best on the East Coast. Edsall likely won't inspire too many casual fans at home to buy tickets, but his vanilla-ness may be a selling point at the moment.

"Certainly as I look back on it, I wish I had done things differently in that instance", Edsall said of his 2011 exit. "It is my goal to get us back to that level of success and I hope that all of the Husky fans out there will be along for the ride".

Under Edsall, UConn had a traditionally strong running game, producing 1,000-yard rushers such as Donald Brown and Jordan Todman.

UConn's three bowl wins all came under Edsall.

Edsall is signing a five-year deal worth $1 million a year - substantially less than Diaco's deal - but with the chance to earn bonuses. In addition to players, Edsall also had an ability to spot hidden talent in his assistant coaches, several of whom have gone on to have successful careers at other schools.


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