HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut coach Randy Edsall is staying
with the Huskies.
Edsall traveled to Atlanta earlier this week to talk to Georgia
Tech officials about their coaching vacancy. But the coach informed
his team at its annual banquet Sunday that he had withdrawn his
name from consideration for that job.
Edsall told reporters Sunday that his decision was based on
consideration for the "Husky Family" and his own family. He has a
daughter and a son who are both in high school.
"I'll stay here as long as they would like me to stay," Edsall
said. "There is still quite a bit of work to be done and I want to
continue to do that."
Edsall said his agent is talking to UConn athletic director Jeff
Hathaway about a new contract. Edsall is in the third year of a
six-year deal that calls for him to make $920,000 this academic
year, with a $23,000 bonus for making a bowl game.
Edsall's announcement came hours after the Huskies earned a
share of the Big East championship in just their sixth season in
college football's top division.
When Pittsburgh stunned West Virginia on Saturday, that knocked
the Mountaineers (10-2, 5-2 Big East) into a tie with UConn (9-3,
5-2) atop the conference standings.
Edsall said his players were calling him right after the game
asking if the upset meant the team would be getting a trophy and
championship rings. It does.
West Virginia had already secured the Big East's automatic Bowl
Championship Series berth because of its 66-21 win over the Huskies
on Nov. 24.
The co-championship comes in UConn's fourth year in the
conference and its sixth season since moving up from what was then
called Division I-AA.
The title is the latest in a series of milestones reached by the
Huskies this season. UConn earned its first national ranking in
October, won its first game over a ranked opponent that month, and
went undefeated at home (7-0) for the first time in school history.
"When you take a look back at what this team has accomplished
this year, I don't think it's anything short of amazing," Edsall
The Huskies are heading to the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 29
in Charlotte, N.C, where they will play Wake Forest.
"We know that we've got to go down and play them kind of in
their backyard," Edsall said. "It's going to be a tough
environment and a tough game, but we're looking forward to playing
a class outfit and a very good football team."
It will be UConn's second trip to a bowl. The 2004 team won the
Motor City Bowl.