Farewell Randy Edsall

Earlier this week, UConn Head Football Coach Randy Edsall accepted the Head Coaching position at the University of Maryland.

I’ve read some posts suggesting that the loss of Edsall is good for the Huskies, from people that believe that Huskies have underachieved under Edsall.  These people really must not remember the state of UConn football prior to Edsall and Skip Holtz.  Before them, UConn was not only a 1-AA program, but not a very good 1-AA program.  Under Holtz, the Huskies began a climb towards respectability, but it was Edsall that led them into 1A, and Edsall that led them to winning seasons, multiple bowl games, and two Big East championships.  I will be the first to admit that I’ve seen UConn lose some games that they seemed to have put away; the records are padded with some really weak games; they seem at times to have critical breakdowns, particularly on special teams; and I’ve expected more on the recruiting side.  But much as I never thought I’d seen the UConn men’s basketball team break the Top 20, let alone win two national titles, I never believed the Huskies football team would ever get to 1A, let alone defeat the likes of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, and play Oklahoma in a major bowl game.  There is no denying the success that Randy Edsall has achieved.

Edsall has been criticized for the way he handled the announcement of his departure, and perhaps he should be – it seems that there should have been a better way to break the news to his team.  On the other hand, these types of opportunities rarely arise, and I believe that this was one of the few opportunities that could have taken Edsall away from UConn.  I have a lot of respect for Edsall, and hope that he continues to have success.  On the other hand, I hope that UConn nails the next coaching pick and surpasses that success.  Please, though – let’s kill the talk about Eric Mangini (really?), Kevin Gilbride (please, no!), Mike Leach (can’t see it), Rich Rodriguez (can’t see him succeeding at UConn though in my mind he’s the best of the named candidate), and Jim Harbaugh (yes, I’d love to see it, but it ain’t happening).


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