Randy Edsall is coming back to the University of Connecticut.
Edsall will once again coach the UConn football team. Edsall was the head football coach from 1999 to 2010.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Edsall back to the University of Connecticut. He possesses the passion, experience and commitment to lead our program and develop our student-athletes, both on and off the field," UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement on Wednesday.
Edsall left the Huskies after the 2011 Fiesta Bowl and went to the University of Maryland. He was the head football coach of Maryland from 2011 to 2015.
“Certainly as I look back on it, I wish I had done things differently in that instance. I completely understand and respect that there are loyal fans, supporters and former players that still have not forgotten and it will take time to forgive. I have many incredible memories of my time at UConn and I hope the fans do too. It is my goal to get us back to that level of success and I hope that all of the Husky fans out there will be along for the ride," Edsall said in a statement on Wednesday.
The university said the five-year contract for Edsall includes the following items:
During his time at UConn, Edsall had 74 wins and won three bowl games.
“Coach Edsall is the right fit for our university, football program and student-athletes. He led UConn to its most successful period in the history of our football program, and I believe he will provide consistent leadership and long-term success once again," UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said in a statement on Wednesday.
Before returning to UConn, Edsall served as the director of research of special projects for the Detroit Lions.
Former UConn players reacted to the announcement.
UConn fans said they have something to cheer about.
"I mean that was the best the program has ever been," UConn fan Tony Palombizio said. "So when we heard the news, I don't think anyone's upset, so we are glad the school got him back."
The fans said they were excited the university chose to bring back a coach with a proven track record of success within the program.
"I was a little upset with the way he left," UConn fan Joe Rubendall said. "I was really up, but everybody deserves a second chance as they say and it's the giving time of year. I think we've got to give coach Randy a second chance let's go UConn, yeah."
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