UConn football: Randy Edsall returns as head coach

Randy Edsall is officially returning as UConn football coach.

After reports surfaced on Tuesday night that Edsall was “a very strong candidate” to replace Bob Diaco, the Huskies made the move official on Wednesday afternoon.


We are excited to welcome Coach Edsall back to the University of Connecticut,” said University President Susan Herbst in a statement. “He possesses the passion, experience and commitment to lead our program and develop our student-athletes, both on and off the field.”

The financial terms can be seen below:

The terms of Edsall’s contract will include $1 million annually in guaranteed compensation, with the opportunity to earn bonuses based on performance and achievement, for a term of five years. The buyouts for the University and Edsall will mirror each other beginning at $3 million and decreasing $1 million each year to zero after the third year.

Edsall was most recently serving as Director of Research – Special Projects for the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

During his 12 years leading the Huskies in his previous tenure before taking the Maryland job in 2011, Edsall recorded a 74-70 overall record and two conference championships.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to rejoin and lead the UConn program,” said Edsall. “I want to thank President Herbst, Athletic Director David Benedict and the rest of the administration for believing I am the right person to build this program and develop its student-athletes. I look forward to working with David, our student-athletes and the entire athletic department.”

The only bowl game wins in UConn history have come under the direction of Edsall, so the Huskies would love to return to that level of success.

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