With Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead already out as a candidate for the newly vacant UConn head coach position, it appears the Huskies might look into their past to find their new coach.
Former Maryland and UConn head coach Randy Edsall is a “very strong candidate” to return to the Huskies, per Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Former Maryland/UConn coach Randy Edsall “very strong candidate” to return as Huskies’ coach, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 27, 2016
Edsall went 22-34 as Maryland’s head coach after leaving UConn, never winning a bowl game and posting two winning seasons in five years. He was fired midway through the 2015 season, eventually landing as a director of football research with the Detroit Lions.
There would obviously be some awkwardness if Edsall were to return to his old stomping grounds, considering he left the program for Maryland in 2011 after more than a decade as the Huskies’ head coach and after overseeing their transition from Division II to Division I. He didn’t handle the mechanics of the move well, either, as many of his players reportedly learned the news through the media rather than from the man himself.
However, this wouldn’t be an unprecedented move, especially when you consider the saga of Bobby Petrino’s employment at the University of Louisville. There’s also no denying that Edsall has shown he’s capable of turning UConn into a respectable program, so if UConn officials are comfortable with his return, there would certainly be reason to bring him back aboard.