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Edsall starts program in Howard's honor

UConn coach Randy Edsall announced Thursday that he will hold an annual golf event in honor of the late Jasper Howard.

The first Randy Edsall Golf Classic will be held July 18 at the Golf Club of Avon. All proceeds will go toward helping improve the lives of students at two elementary schools in Hartford.

Howard was murdered last October on campus and has been a constant inspiration for the team ever since.

“I’ve always wanted to do something in his memory because of what he meant to me and what he meant to his teammates,” Edsall said, according to the Connecticut Post. “I know that Jasper would feel very, very good about this."

Also, dismissed quarterback Cody Endres sent out a statement to some media outlets on Thursday apologizing for his actions. Endres was suspended for a third time and then banished from the team for reportedly failing a drug test days before the Louisville game last month.

The statement reads:

“I find it very difficult to express my regrets about some of my recent decisions. I would like to start by apologizing to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and UConn fans for my mistakes. I recognize the fact that I have disappointed many people, including myself. I am a 22 year old young man and I know with hard work and faith I can improve myself. I am currently taking steps toward that end.

"I have spent the past two weeks talking to people I respect and thinking about my future. I remain determined and optimistic that I will continue my education, and I plan on continuing my football career also. I would like to thank my family and close friends who stood behind me during this tough time and I hope for their continued support.”