Connecticut's Edsall 'not interested' in returning to Syracuse

Connecticut coach Randy Edsall said Monday morning that he has no interest in the coaching vacancy at his alma mater, Syracuse.

In a telephone interview with Chuck Banning of The (New London, Conn.) Day, Edsall attempted to shoot down rumors that he was interested in returning to the Orange, where he served as both a player and assistant coach. Syracuse fired coach Greg Robinson on Sunday, and news reports had indicated that Edsall topped the school's wish list.

"There has been speculation in various media outlets that I am a candidate for the job," Edsall told the newspaper. "But with all due respect to my alma mater and the people at Syracuse, I am not interested in being a candidate.

"I just want to continue to coach at the University of Connecticut and prepare my team for this week's game against South Florida and the rest of our 2008 schedule. I don't want this to become a distraction to my players or coaching staff as we move forward," he said.

Team spokesman Michael Enright confirmed the news Monday night. Edsall signed a five-year contract with Connecticut in February.

With Edsall apparently out of the picture, Syracuse may turn its attention to East Carolina's Skip Holtz, former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin and Florida assistant Steve Addazio, among others.

Brian Bennett is a college football reporter for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.