Still Steamed About How Randy Edsall Left For Maryland? Give Us Your Thoughts Here

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UConn plays Maryland and former Huskies coach Randy Edsall Saturday. Edsall left for the Maryland job Jan. 2, 2011, and the way he left didn’t go over well at the time. Many UConn players first learned that their coach was Maryland-bound through e-mails, voice mails and text messages after their flight home from Phoenix that day after their loss in the Fiesta Bowl. Edsall had an impromptu conference call from Maryland with the UConn players on the plane as it landed.

Now that we’re more than a season removed from all this, tell us your thoughts on how Edsall handled it and where the Huskies are in the post-Edsall era. Drop a post here or email us at sports@courant.com.

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48 thoughts on “Still Steamed About How Randy Edsall Left For Maryland? Give Us Your Thoughts Here

  1. Frank Kopich

    Must be a BE thing. Lets see. Rich Rod at WV, Petrino at Louisville, Kelly at Cinci, Whats his name at Pitt. None of them had the balls to face their teams. A pox on all of those teachers of character.

  2. Joey

    Notre dame leaves the big east today. If uconn isn’t pounding on the doors of the acc now then this admin is as clueless as I think they are. The big east is a joke now, it’s so sad what happened to this conference. Two years ago we played in a bcs game, men’s and women hoop won the Natl title. Why uconn didn’t open it’s wallet up to hire the next football coach is beyond me. We took a guy based on the recommendation of the Connecticut high school football coaches. Ct football easily the worst football in the united states, far from a breeding ground for talent. Your right we’ve allowed 10 points this season. Pasqualoni was lucky that brown left Maryland because if brown wasn’t here this team would be a 2 win team.

    1. Rich G.

      With ND keeping their independence in football I really don’t see the ACC adding other teams anytime soon. I’m sure they will wait to see if they can eventually get them to fully join the conference before looking at other schools. UConn might have been able to reason that their bball programs would add to the ACC but with all the other additions the ACC is already king of the court now with our teams. The BE just can’t seem to get anything right these days.

    1. roberttherugguyraleigh

      1-1 having given up 10 points on the year lets see what happens Saturday a win and low points for Maryland and you will be eating your words Joey.

  3. Bill

    Waiting to board a flight home to Boston after the Fiesta Bowl, there were several players traveling home apart from the team on our flight. As we were about to board, the news about Edsall made it to ESPN. The comment by one UCONN player still resonates with me today- “Coach lied to us.” It was NEVER about why he left- it remains about HOW he left.

  4. Mntneerjay

    I’m a WVU amum & diehard. But I always respected Edsell. Until he left for (at best) a leteral move. I still don’t get it. He wronged UConn and the Big East. I’m hoping the Huskies crushes the Twerps & then the ‘Eers double the pleasure. The Big East could have stayed strong if the likes of Edsall, Petrino, & DickRod kept the faith in programs that had faith in them. Go Huskies! Go Mountaineers. Can’t wait for him to get “Fridegoned” in Maryland!

  5. husky66

    edsall got a free pass for a long time, didn’t recruit particularly well, coached up the players he did get, but in the end he didn’t live up to the class and character he demanded from his players. His move was completely self serving and you could tell he was embarassed by it from the way he acted when confronted w/ a simple question at his first interview in Md.

    edsall left w/ no class. words mean nothing, actions taken do.

    If I were one of his former UConn players you can bet I’d be doing all that I could to put a hurt on his team. Its pretty simple, he left because he felt UConn wasn’t good enough for him and Md was better.

  6. buddy

    When Edsall was here it seemed like every year there was some improvement. After he left, it seems like things are regressing. I’m not sure if the current coaching staff remembers what it is like to be coaching a college team rather than an NFL team. There is a great difference and that is where I believe the problem lies. These are good men, but just no longer college coaches. I hate to be negative, but the noise is going to get louder and louder as the season progresses if things don’t get better.

  7. SillyBoy

    Yes, please get rid of the annoying DJ and most if not all the agonizing piped in music—-very, very bush league—feels like a Rock Cats game, not D1 football—I’d rather hear crickets than that garbage!

  8. Wil

    Any coach that forces a player to stand in front of their team to announce their intentions to go pro and play in the NFL, but decides to privately accept another job is in one word a Hypocrite.

  9. JRay

    Last year I hated him for the way he left the pogram. But the one year mourning period passed, and while his decision makes no sense to me, I just don’t care. I certainly want UConn to win this weekend, but I just don’t care. I’m more concerned about the future than the past.

    I don’t see HCPP leaving for at least another three years. And I’ll disagree that he’s been horrible in recruiting (certainly not the case in comparison to Edsall!). We have a true freshman QB who is highly touted, as well as a highly touted QB from Plano who I’ve seen in person, and is very impressive. I think the biggest issue is whether or not the offense will have an identity. Last year was horrible, and if this year is much of the same HCPP will have to fire Deleone. It’s that simple.

    If HCPP was smart he’d be getting on the phone with an offensive coaching prodigy to come in and take control. He’s not an offensive coach, and the quicker he turns those reins over to someone with an offensive coaching philosophy NOT from the 1940’s (cough.. cough.. Sparano)the better.

    So no, I don’t care about Randy Edsall. What happened as the team got ready for the Fiesta Bowl? He thought he was above the program. And once a coach thinks that, they’re done. (i.e. JoePa, Tressel, Mack Brown even if he’s still there, Rich Rod,etc..)

    Also, get rid of DJ Joey.

    And the forced u-c-o-n-n chants. You can’t create tradition, it has to happen organically (like the chant itself).

  10. NickRockyHill

    It’s past time to move on regarding the Randy Edsall move. It’s a business with the coaches in D1 and sometimes even the players feel it’s a business. For whatever reason, he felt he needed to move on to advance his situation. He did a lot for UCONN getting the program to the level of success it had in it’s first 10 yrs of D1. I’m grateful for that. He left in a terrible way and that hurt at the time. But coaches at successful programs leave for better programs (dollars and/or prestige) all the time. We just haven’t had the type of success that gets our coach hired out from under us. I don’t know whether our current coach will have that level of success or not, but I feel like he is here for the long term if we want him. Hopefully we will and can be patient with the incremental improvements. Right at this very moment I feel like we have taken a step backward as a program from where we were before Randy left. It remains to be seen whether the coaching staff can develop the O-line play into a force again and restore the running game as well as develop a true passing game. These things are on the current staff — NOT Randy. Losing recruiting battles for top linemen we are targeting won’t help but this staff needs to show it knows how to develop linemen as well. That’s what I’m concerned with, and to tell you the truth, I’m sure that’s what the staff is concerned with. It has to be pretty embarrassing to PP and GD that the running aspect has gone backwards since DeLeone took over that assignment. I don’t think it’s productive for any of us to be thinking about revenge or getting back at Edsall for his transgressions. We need to go in with a clear head that this is an important non-conference game that UCONN needs in the worst way and the conference as a whole needs, and do everything possible to win that game! If some fans want to use this to stoke their passion at the game and it supports our team — that’s great. Go huskies!!

        1. Paul Knopick

          Petrino would take any job at the moment, even UConn, to get back into coaching. If UConn doesn’t want to end up thrown to the side when football shifts into five 16 team conferences, it better upgrade football quickly. The Mummy ain’t going to do it for us.

    1. Anonymous

      Nick you are entitled to your point but I take exception to several things said. First Randy did a good job and we got even closer to him as a result of the Jasper Howard tragedy. His no class departure was magnified as a result. He must have read the handwriting on the wall about the Big East reconfiguration and left for safe harbor to “his dream job” which I have a hard time believing. I think it’s more likely that he heard about the Terps Queen of Hearts uniforms and that is what did it. Seriously, my gripe is how he left. Hey we got Don Brown and I consider that to be an excellent swap! Running game was fine last year and it will get better this year. We just need Joe Williams to turn into the next Jordan Todman. I also expect big things out of Max DiLorenzo. McCombs is good but we shouldn’t really on him that much. Having said that he rushed for over 1100 yards last year. The Offensive line learned a great deal in the game vs. NC State. I expect big improvements in all facets of the Offense against the Terps. UCONN played against a 5th yr senior in Glennon and as bad as Whitmer’s numbers were (save the 3 picks) they were actually slightly better than Glennons. We establish the run, cut down on the stupid/useless wildcat plays (McCummings will throw from WC this week)and UCONN is going to be just fine. With the new TV contract UCONN is going to do fine on the recruiting end. Coach P has connections in both TX and FL. For example UCONN signed 6’6″ 219 lb QB, Richard Lagow out of Plano TX. He was MVP in the TX state 7 on 7 championships. New TV contract deal will help recruiting. UCONN is gonna be fine under coach P. We have 10 games left this year.

    2. White Dog 777

      I take exception to several things said. First Randy did a good job and fans got even closer to him as a result of the Jasper Howard tragedy. His no class departure was magnified as a result. He must have read the handwriting on the wall about the Big East reconfiguration and left for safe harbor to “his dream job” which I have a hard time believing. I think it’s more likely that he heard about the Terps Queen of Hearts uniforms and that is what did it. Seriously, my gripe is how he left. Hey we got Don Brown and I consider that to be an excellent swap! Having said all this I hope we kick butt in College Park this Saturday. Running game was fine last year and it will get better this year. We just need Joe Williams to turn into the next Jordan Todman. I also expect big things out of Max DiLorenzo. McCombs is good but we shouldn’t really on him that much. Having said that he rushed for over 1100 yards last year and has shown some potential this year. I say let’s give some bigger and maybe bigger backs a shot. The Offensive line learned a great deal in the game vs. NC State. I expect big improvements in all facets of the Offense against the Terps. UCONN played against a 5th yr senior in Glennon and as bad as Whitmer’s numbers were (save the 3 picks) they were actually slightly better than Glennons. We establish the run, cut down on the stupid/useless wildcat plays (McCummings will throw from WC this week)and UCONN is going to be just fine. With the new Big East TV contract everyone is going to be smiling and recruiting will get better. Coach P has connections in both TX and FL. For example UCONN signed 6’6″ 219 lb QB, Richard Lagow out of Plano TX. He was MVP in the TX state 7 on 7 championships. New TV contract deal will help recruiting. UCONN is gonna be fine under coach P. We have 10 games left this year.

      1. Paul Knopick

        I live in Texas. I hope I’m wrong, but if a great quarterback left Texas anywhere except for maybe USC or Oklahoma, chances are, he’s nothing.

  11. Al-South Windsor

    I was sitting at a pub in Scottsdale , AZ on Jan 2, 2011 trying to get my voice back from screaming my head off at the Fiesta Bowl the day before and trying to get over the loss. (insert ” you thought they had a chance? jokes here”) My cell beeps and there it is…a message from a friend of mine and a former Husky who lives in Baltimore. “Coach is in College Park, almost certain to take the Terps job”. My voice came back temporarily, although I am not proud of what came out of my mouth at that moment. Anger, sense of betrayal, disrespect, you name it. All of the above and then some sat and fumed inside of me until the opening kickoff of the 2011 season. Then Maryland goe sand upsets Miami week 1. However, a 2-10 season and running his Freshmen All-American QB out of town lifted my spirits.
    Edsall did the best he could with what he had here. Ther eis not much arguing that. Personally, I think if he had a much better O-Coord and one who would stand his ground, there would have been some better seasons. Just my opinion. I will be at Byrd Stadium not rooting against Edsall but rooting FOR UCONN. I expect to lose my voice again. See you all at the pre-game tailgate in Lot C.

  12. Mike

    Put him on the list of D1 coaches who leave without class.Get over it! Move on! Yesterday’s news! We have bigger problems right here with our own throwback coaches.

  13. CTFaninNJ

    The gutless way Edsall left the program ignites the anger, but the Edsall departure wouldn’t sting so much if a) Jeff Hathaway hired a dynamic young coach to replace him and b) Edsall went 9-3 in 2011. Instead, we have this old recycled fart with one foot in the coaching grave and Edsall’s move to Maryland has been disastrous. A 7-5 season in 2011 with a bowl appearance and a 2-0 start in 2012 would lessen the anger and disappointment. Instead, UConn fans still cannot make any sense out of a move that has hurt both programs and may ruin Edsall’s career.

  14. AB 73

    Edsall built a program from nothing and took it a long way, maybe overachieved at Storrs, and for that UConn should be thankful. His manner of leaving was without class. But, most of all, why are we still talking about him – this stuff just gets into everybody’s heads instead of focusing on the task at hand which is to rebuild and get back to bowl games, and for that, it is entirely on Pasqualoni’s watch. Nuff said!

  15. Teresa

    To The Jerk..
    You are spot on regarding Joey…want to start a petition? Maybe HCPP can take his place.. maybe his record spinning is better than his play calling LOL

    To Paul…
    I agree with you 100%…screw Edsall

    Why is UCONN the favorite in this game…an away game??

  16. Freddy

    I look at this game as a win or go home situation for coach P. We went from the big champs to chumps last year. This game could be the difference in going .500 or being home again in December. Throw edsall in the mix here, I think if we lose pasqualoni should be gone at seasons end. Last week was a joke. So is our recruiting.

  17. Jay

    Not the same Jay as below. Edsel’s leaving ranks with Patrino and Louisville/Atlanta/ Arkensas/ or Kifin With Oakland and Tenneessee

  18. Artie A...

    Very mixed emotions on this one. Of course I want the dogs to kick the turtles all over the field. From what I have seen so far this year that will have to be done on D. I had this penciled in as a W, after this past Saturday I wonder.

    I think it should be noted here for those that may not go back real far that Randy was a Lou hire. That and never hit it off with Jeff. Randy became more and more upset as he kept UCONN climbing the ladder and could not get equal compensation for his assistants. This in line with other Big East teams.

    I can see how Maryland could have been his dream job. This being from the area and their past, that and realizing Penn St was out of the picture.

    Maryland had a lot of dirt to clean up and Randy fit the bill. No school fires a winning coach without a reason. Not rocket science just not published.

    My major bitch with Randy is not giving the team a game plan with so much lead time to look better in the bowl.
    Not a single play the opponent did not have on film.

    He could have distinguished himself as creative for a change and gave the team a chance. This is what will stay with me.

    It is what it is….A couple of former Oranges going head to head….

    GO DOGS TROUNCE THE TURTLES !!!!!!!

  19. UCONN FB

    A good Coach, A Better Man: all at UCONN need to be thankful for his vision and energy to build the program.
    Poor judgement in being “manipulated” by MD to rush to announce his new HC position. I am sure RE regrets that and wishes he would have handled it better.
    Losers waste time and energy reflecting on negatives from the past.
    Winners get over it and move forward with focus.

  20. Jay

    I will be at the game w/ my “Benedict Edsall” shirt on! Still bitter b/c of the fashion in which he left. Practice what you preach hypocrite.

  21. Srqhusky

    Although I don’t agree with the way he left it now happens to many teams during the offseason that other teams may court your coach especially if e is successful such as randy was. I am grateful he stayed to coach the fiesta bowl because I am sure e was already committed before the game. Many teams such as west Virginia n Cincinnati ds not have that luxury. I believe coaches should be off limits to interview until after the bowls are done
    With that said I wish him a miserable defeat

  22. jack54

    It’s like a 12 year marriage that goes really bad at the end. After the divorce do you dwell on the break-up or over time do you remember all the good stuff ?. Some people move on, others do not. Uconn football is what is important. Yesterday is old news. I wish Edsall well, except against Uconn.

  23. Allan Anderson

    Coach Edsall did much for UCONN football! I will forever be sorry that he chose to leave UCONN in such an undignified fashion.
    Moreover, things like this are in the wind before officially announced! There is no doubt in my mind that the UCONN players had to play Oklahoma with this situation in mind. Unforgiveable!
    UCONN has never been a national football powerhouse. Coach Edsall brought them to the brink with pride and a winning attitude. For that, I will be ever thankful.

  24. JD

    Edsall was a quality coach at UConn unfortunately he put UConn and himself in an tough position. This man devoted 12 hard years of his life to make UConn Football a winner, then he left carelessly. I think now we can put that in the past.

    We just need to WIN football games and Edsall happens to be the coaching the Team we NEED to beat. My wife and I will be there.

    Go Huskies!

  25. Ed

    There’s no denying what he was able to do while at UConn but whatever character we thought he had went south with him in one of the more low rent moves any of us will ever see. He now deserves whatever he gets. Maybe he’ll build up MD over time but it’s not looking good for him so far. I’ll be at MD Saturday – looking forward to winning the game and not whining about Randy.

  26. Rich Marchese

    Thank You to Randy Edsall. He did a great job putting Uconn football on the map. Not many programs have had the success we’ve had going from 1AA to 1A. We’ve gone from a team ranked around the bottom of 1A to the middle during his time here. (also a thanks to Dan Orlovsky, Jim Calhoun and being in the Big East) He graduated players and ran a clean program. I don’t like how he left at all. At times he was a control freak. But, he deserved the money he made here at UCONN. Just one man’s opinion who has been to every game at the RENT. Go UCONN!!!

    1. uconn86hgiv

      I agree with Rich. Edsall did a lot of really good things here. But it makes me wonder how a guy who handled the Jasper Howard tragedy with such strength could leave with out seemingly even a good bye. He didn’t owe anybody anything, its a business, but he seemed like a guy who would have done it right.

      1. DFC

        I also agree. I don’t believe that the way Edsll left was dignified or justifiable, but you have to remember what UConn football was prior to Edsall and the transition to D1. When he returns to the Rent next year, I think he deserves a warm welcome, not boos. UConn has more class then he showed when he left.

        #DJjoeymustgo

  27. Cheshire Fan

    I feel sorry for Edsall. I think he destroyed something for himself it took years to build and he’ll never get it back.

  28. Paul Knopick

    Screw Edsel. He stabbed the school and its players in the back. Hope he’s coaching High School in a couple years. What we have to worry about most now is making UConn enough of a football power to be wanted by one of the power conferences once the tetonic shift occurs: Five conferences, 16 teams each, everyone else falls to Hofstra, Yale level. Anyone have Bobby Petrino’s cell phone number??

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