Top UConn Moments ’11: No. 2

In case you’re wondering, the WordArt above is supposed to resemble Maryland’s uniforms.

Close enough.

It’s been a full year since UConn got demolished by Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, and it’s been 364 days since Edsall boarded a plane to Maryland and took the head coaching job without informing his team in person.

The move was a monumental moment for a few reasons: Edsall always preached doing things the right way. The manner in which he left — he told his team via telephone wasn’t “right,” especially because he made Jordan Todman get up in front of his teammates after the Fiesta Bowl and announce that he was going to enter the NFL Draft.

Some players were bitter about Edsall’s departure — and rightfully so.

But, if you look a the big picture, Edsall’s poor judgment in his final day as UConn’s coach doesn’t override the fact that the Huskies are relevant because of him.

Randy Edsall (AP)

Say what you will about his personality or ability to recruit elite talent , Randy Edsall took over a Division I-AA program and earned a BCS Bowl berth  in a little more than a decade. The Huskies went from playing in Memorial Stadium (and its concrete bleachers) to playing at the University of Phoenix Stadium in front of 67,232 fans.

When introduced as the new Maryland coach on Jan. 3, Edsall called it his “dream job.”

So far, though, it’s been an absolute nightmare. The Terps went 2-10 in his Edsall’s first season. One of those wins was against Towson and, in one of those losses, Maryland held a 41-14 lead in the third quarter. Players anonymously spoke to The Washington Post and expressed their discontent. And Post columnist John Feinstein ripped Edsall in this late-November column.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Edsall.

Top 11 UConn Moments of ’11

11. UConn beats Texas in overtime, Roscoe Smith’s fullcourt heave and Kemba’s prayer from 35 feet

10. MLB Draft, Springer and Barnes go in first round

9.  Drummond’s decision

8.  The Fiesta Bowl

7. Maya inks Jordan Deal

6. Horne’s 3-pointer misfires, UConn advances to Final Four

5. Moore hits 3,000-point mark

4. Gary McGhee takes a spill

3. Notre Dame ends UConn’s title quest

2. Edsall bolts for Maryland

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