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UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

One of the things you can never be sure about when you commit to a school for four years is whether or not the coach that spent all those hours in your living room recruiting you will be there the entire time you attend the school.  The way that college football coaching works in this day and age, it's just a risk you have to take, and you have to remember you're committing to a school, not a coach.

Still, when that coach leaves, it could sting a bit.  Especially if that coach handles it the way that Randy Edsall apparently did when he told his UConn team he had taken the job at Maryland. One anonymous player told the Hartford Courant how the team found out, and he doesn't sound very happy about it .

"We were on hold for a half-hour, with the operations manager telling us Edsall would be coming on in a few minutes. When Edsall came on he was like, 'I just wanted to tell you that I'm sorry I can't do this in person, but due to circumstances ... I just want to let you know that it's not because of you guys. But it's an opportunity for my family. ... I can move on feeling like I've accomplished things here and I'm leaving the program in a good way.'

"A couple of coaches said that was BS. ... They didn't know about it. He hadn't told any of us.

 "It really pisses me off because he made Jordan (Todman) address the team (Sunday) night to say he was leaving. And he isn't man enough to do it face to face to us?

 "A lot of people were just really upset by the call. He made Todman get up and tell the whole team: 'Jordan, I think you have something to say to these guys.' He made him do it face-to-face. But he didn't do it face-to-face.

"I'm going to look [at other schools], not Big East or anything. ... When you bring in a new coach, the first three or four years [it's all developing the program)]. But these are Edsall's players, not the new guy's. ... Well, I'm going to get the (naughty word) out of here. But what happens with the incoming recruiting class? Are those guys still coming?

"The thing I'm concerned with is, am I going to get my release."

I understand that with all of the football players on break, it's hard to get the entire team together, and that Edsall is somewhat busy at the moment, but to do to it over the phone, after you made Jordan Todman do it in person seems pretty weak.  According to the player, Edsall told the team that he just found about about the Maryland job and it was something that just suddenly happened.

According to reports, Edsall had been in negotiations with Maryland last week.

So if you're going to make Todman man up and tell the team he was leaving, why couldn't he have done so himself either before or after the Fiesta Bowl?

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:20 pm

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:12 pm

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

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Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:23 pm

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

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Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:10 pm

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

Reality check here guys.  This is Connecticut we are talking about and it is still in New England.  Other than a couple of decent years from Boston College (over the last 30+ years) and this latest modest achievement of UCONN (only because the Big East is God awful this year) this is just not the land of big time college football.  Edsall is doing the right thing by leaving and Maryland does have more potential than UCONN. 

As much as I like the Huskies (more in basketball) because I live in this state, I doubt that any big name, proven coach, like Leach or Shannon, etc would even consider the job.  They play their home games in a 40,000 capacity stadium in East Hartford.  Even Yale draws bigger crowds and plays in the 61,000 seat Yale Bowl.  The finances just don't work for UCONN.  As for recruits, the local talent is slim and the best go to out of state schools, usually in the SEC. 

In fact, for the best high school talent, their families often move to places like Florida for a few years so their kids can attend high school there and be developed for the college level (scholarship here I come!)  Several of these Florida and Texas schools actually recruit these young kids.  Seriously, how can UCONN compete with that? 

Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:20 pm

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

I agree with you. This is a lateral move at best. Although I am not surprised that Randy Edsall left UCONN, I always expected him to leave for a much more prestigious program, such as Miami(FL) or possibly Penn State (when Joe Pa ultimately retires). I can not blame him for taking another job for more $. However, many of the same problems he faced at UCONN are going to be present at Maryland. The top recruits in the D.C. area are more interested in playing for Virginia Tech, West Virginia or Penn State. Perhaps that is why Maryland has to settle for 3 star prospects, much like UCONN does. Also, winning a conference championship isn't going to be any easier with Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida State and Clemson (among others) also looking to win the conference.  Additionally, UCONN spent $5 million more on its football program this past season than Maryland did ($14.5 million to $9.4 million).
He does have a freshman QB coming off a pretty spectacular season; perhaps that persuaded Edsall. Unfortunately, their top receiver, Torrey Smith, has decided to join Jordan Todmann in the NFL draft this April (so that may be irrelevant).

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:21 am

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

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Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:22 am

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

I am a direhard Connecticut fan and have to say that I have had nothing but respect for Randy Edsall.  He has been the right guy to lead the program out of the old 1AA to the FBS.  He has shown all the qualities of a good leader and has been both classy and respectfull.  I am somewhat dismayed by the way he chose to notify his players.  It is uncharacteristic of him and I am sure he probably regrets it now.  Either way Best of Luck to Coach Edsall

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:04 am

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

Shannon would be a great hire for UConn.....better than the Leach mess he would bring..

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:12 am

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

Edsall is leaving because UConn will be terrible next year.  All the best players are leaving.  He'll never get another offer after this year.  It will take 4-5 years to get built back up again now.   That's why he is leaving.

Anyway, he was a nice to coach to have for awhile, but UConn will be better off in the long run.  As well as they have done, Edsall wasn't going to get UConn any better than this.  This was the ultimate he could accomplish - backing into a BCS game and barely competing.  He never got any recruits.  He built a team where every player overachieved.  

Edsall was a good coach but not a great coach.  There are plenty of those out there.  UConn needs a great coach - one that can recruit AND coach.  Mission accomplished, Randy, but UConn needs to get to the next level.  Good luck at Maryland.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:07 am

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

Is Maryland really that much better of a job than UConn? I can see leaving for Mich., Florida, N.D., etc., but Maryland?? Where is Maryland's deep football tradition? it's freakin' Maryland!!! You got a better shot at a B.C.S. Bowl game in the Big East with UConn than you do in the ACC & freakin' Maryland! This changing jobs for the sake of changing jobs......... it's a lateral move at best!

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