Huskies Earn Co-Championship, Retain Edsall

In about 24 hours the University of Connecticut went from losing its head coach and a team turmoil to Big East champs and stability. All of it happened without playing a game. UConn coach Randy Edsall announced on Sunday at the team's end of the season awards banquet that he will be staying as head coach of the Huskies.

"Let me put the rumors to rest," Edsall said at the banquet. "I am staying here as long as you will have me."
The crowd gave the coach a standing ovation.

That comes less than a day after the Huskies won a share of the Big East championship from their couch. With West Virginia's stunning 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh, the Huskies first Big East championship is on its way to Storrs, or at least share with the Mountaineers.

"When the (WVU-Pitt) game was over the kids were calling and texting and asked what it meant. ‘Does it mean rings and trophies'?" Edsall said. "It does mean rings and trophy in the trophy case.

It's an amazing accomplishment and another bench marker."

To finish off the days events, the Huskies found out they will be pitted against Wake Forest in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 29.

It was a whirlwind couple of days.

Edsall made the decision to stay with the Huskies after traveling down to Georgia Tech on Thursday to interview for their vacant head coaching job after Chan Gailey was fired last Monday. He took himself out of the running over the weekend and is working on a new contract -- more lucrative one -- with UConn.

Edsall cited family reason as a big part of his decision to not continue to stay as a candidate for the vacant job.

"I announced at the football banquet that I am staying at the University of Connecticut as long as they like me to stay," Edsall said "Jeff Hathaway (and others), we will be getting together to hammer out a contract.

"It was based on my own family, wife and daughter and son. My family here, and the football family, most especially the players in the program now in the University of Connecticut. There is still quite a lot of work to be done."

And at least for another year, Edsall will be the one doing it.

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