UConn Extends Coach Edsall's Contract Thru 2010

As the Huskies' prepare for Saturday's matchup with the ACC's Duke Blue Devils, the University of Connecticut increased the stability of the program by extending Head Coach <B>Randy Edsall's</B> contract through June 30, 2010.

Under Edsall's guidance, the Huskies have defeated members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the BIG EAST, Big 10, Big 12 and Conference USA in their last 14 of the team's last 17 contests.

Edsall will receive a base salary of $200,000 for the 2004-05 academic year and that amount will increase by $25,000 annually through the contract.

In addition to his base salary, Edsall will receive $495,000 in the first year of the contract for institutional public relations commitments, which include institutional speaking engagements and media-related appearances. That amount will increase by $50,000 annually through the contract.

Edsall will also receive compensation for additional services if the UConn team advances to a bowl game.

Immediately prior to becoming UConn's 27th head coach on December 21, 1998, Edsall (25-33) served as defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech in 1998 under George O'Leary.

Edsall began his coaching career at his alma mater, Syracuse, from 1980-1990, working under Frank Maloney and Dick MacPherson in a variety of capacities. Edsall moved on to Boston College where he coached defensive backs under Tom Coughlin from 1991-93 before following Coughlin to the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, staying on the First Coast through the 1997 season.

Edsall is a native of Glen Rock, Pa., and graduated from Susquehannock High School.

Saturday's Game

Last Saturday, Connecticut (1-0) outscored Murray State, 52-14, before a season-opening crowd of 35,129 at Rentschler Field. Senior quarterback Dan Orlovsky (Shelton, Conn.) tied his career-high with 382 yards passing and five touchdowns.

Navy (1-0) beat Duke (0-1) 27-12 in the season opener for both teams in Annapolis, Md. Duke faced a Midshipman option offense and this week will be defending against UConn's powerful pro-style set.

With the loss, Duke dropped to 54-35-3 all time in season openers while UConn is 45-58-2.

UConn and Duke have never faced off on the gridiron, but the schools have established a healthy rivalry of late in both men's and women's basketball. The men's teams are 4-4 all-time against each other and have met five times in NCAA tournament play, with Duke holding a 3-2 edge. The women's teams played an eventful home-and-home series the past two seasons, splitting the two matches.

Edsall and Duke's second-year head coach Ted Roof are quite familiar with each other. They both served as assistants under George O'Leary at Georgia Tech in 1998, helping the Yellow Jackets to a 10-2 mark, a share of the ACC title and a berth in the Gator Bowl. Roof coached the linebackers and was promoted to defensive coordinator after Edsall left for UConn.

Winners of each of their last six, the Huskies are tied with Maryland for the fourth longest active winning streak in the nation. And since Nov. 1, 2002, the Huskies have posted a 14-3 record. The 14 wins tie for the 10th most regular-season wins of any school in the nation over that span. Oklahoma and Boise State are tied for the national lead with 17, followed by Kansas State and USC which have both won 16 games.

UConn's season-ending 51-17 win at Wake Forest on Nov. 15 was noteworthy for the final score. With its explosive offensive display, UConn became only the third non-conference team in the past 20 years to score at least 50 points in an ACC stadium.

Duke's junior RB Cedric Dargan rushed for 20 times for 114 yards at Navy, marking his first career 100 yard game. Senior QB Chris Dapolito (5-7, 31 yards) surpassed his career high for rushing, gaining 47 yards on nine carries and one touchdown, the Blue Devils only TD. Dapolito shared time with spophomore Mike Scheider who was 5-of-7 for 51 yards. Senior Matt Brooks' two field goals gave DU the early lead at 6-0 before Navy QB Aaron Polanco's 58-yard connection with WR Jason Tomlinson with less than a minute to go in the first half gave Navy an edge they wouldn't surrender.

The game will be carried on the UConn Radio Network. WTIC 1080-AM in Hartford serves as the flagship station. The game will not be televised.

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