To touch off on a chaotic holiday weekend, there has been a change of heart in Storrs, Connecticut. UConn’s head football coach, Randy Edsall, stepped down effective immediately on Monday.
Edsall originally announced on Sunday that he would be retiring at the end of the season. But after meeting with Athletic Director David Benedict on Monday, the two decided to not have a 10-game farewell tour.
“Upon further reflection by both Randy and I and after having the opportunity to visit with Randy today, we are both in agreement that it is in the best interest of our student-athletes to have a new voice leading UConn football,” Benedict said in a statement.
Randy Edsall 2.0 just didn’t work out. The Huskies went 6-32 since his return in 2017. Three of those wins came against FCS (formerly known as Division 1-AA) teams.
Edsall departs Storrs as UConn’s winningest football coach (80-102).
The school announced that defensive coordinator Lou Spanos will be the interim head coach.
All of the remaining Assistant Coaches on the UConn staff, including tight ends coach Corey Edsall, will remain on the staff for now.
Spanos was a Student Assistant at Tulsa in 1993 before working with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1995-2009 as a quality control and assistant linebackers coach. He was the Washington Redskins linebackers coach from 2010-2011 before becoming the UCLA Bruins defensive coordinator for two seasons (2012-2013), and then went back to the NFL to be the Tennessee Titans linebackers coach from 2014-2017. He was an “analyst” under Nick Saban in 2018 and then got hired by Edsall to be the UConn defensive coordinator in 2019.
It’s not clear whether Spanos will be a candidate for the permanent head coaching gig in the offseason, but he’ll get a 10-game head start on his application to show what he can do.