Randy Edsall, who diligently worked to build the Connecticut football program into a winner, has been hired to pull off a similar feat at Maryland.
Edsall was picked Sunday to replace Ralph Friedgen, who was fired after a 10-year run at his alma mater.
Edsall spent 12 years at Connecticut. He guided the Huskies out of NCAA Division I-AA (now FBS) and into the Big East, where he won two conference titles and earned postseason appearances in each of the past four seasons.
Connecticut lost to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night.
Edsall emerged as a candidate over the weekend. He beat out former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.
Edsall, the 2010 Big East coach of the year, led the Huskies to eight or more wins in each of the last four seasons. He finished with a 74-70 record at UConn.
Joe Paterno says rumors regarding his future will not affect the way Penn State approaches recruiting.
The 84-year-old coach expects to return for a 46th season leading the Nittany Lions and said he and his staff have targeted a number of prospects they believe could help the program.
Speaking the morning after Penn State’s 37-24 loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl, Paterno said he hasn’t received any questions about his future from recruits considering the Nittany Lions.
Paterno said he’s never believed a player should base his decision to sign on football alone.
“Nobody can predict what (will happen). Would you have predicted what happened at Pitt?” he said, referring to the Panthers dismissing newly hired coach Mike Haywood because of an arrest on a domestic violence charge. “There’s no guarantee on anything, but I intend to be here, and I intend to work hard at recruiting.”
Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley confirmed Charlie Weis is leaving to become offensive coordinator at Florida. South Carolina redshirt sophomore receiver Tori Gurley is headed for the NFL draft.