The UConn football team is officially without a coach this morning, less than 48 hours after the biggest moment in the program’s history.
Randy Edsall will be introduced as Maryland’s new coach at a news conference this afternoon.
The Washington Post reported this morning that Edsall is taking offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, running backs coach Terry Richardson and outside linebackers/special teams coach Lyndon Johnson with him to the Terps. (Good job by the “other” Post but the reporting of only Edsall’s base salary of $350,000 is a little confusing. He made $1.55 million this year. Anyway…)
As it turns out, however, Richardson isn’t moving on to Maryland with Edsall. He’s headed to Miami to join Al Golden’s new staff with the Hurricanes. For Richardson, a Fort Lauderdale native, that seems to make sense.
As for the other assistants at UConn, they still have jobs for now. For one thing, their duties for the next few days and weeks are probably tripled. And there’s a chance some of them could remain at UConn when the new coach arrives.
Assistant head coach for defense Hank Hughes might even be a candidate for the big job himself, and is now the interim head coach.
Offensive line coach Mike Foley is probably one guy UConn would like to see stay, as perhaps is defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.
Wide receivers coach Matt Cersosimo, defensive backs coach Darrell Perkins and tight ends coach Jon Wholley are also still in house for now.
As for Edsall’s replacement, one man just became available. Eric Mangini was fired Monday by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns after his second straight 5-11 season.
It’s not clear if the Hartford native wants to coach in the college ranks, but UConn would probably have interest if he does.
It’s still not clear exactly why Edsall left UConn and so suddenly, though the lack of a contract extension for himself and lack of pay in general for his assistants might have been issues. Edsall’s contract ran through Dec. 31, 2012, and apparently no talk of extending that deal took place this year despite the team’s on-field successes.