Edsall Moves On
Head Coach Norries Wilson’s most important mentor is making a big move.
Randy Edsall is leaving UConn to take the helm at Maryland.
The question is whether this move will have any residual effect at Columbia.
Based on this piece in the Hartford Courant, Coach Wilson is at least worth a mention by the local media. And I know there are a lot of Huskie fans who miss Wilson and the impact he had on their offense.
Either way, I would be very surprised if some coach from some Ivy staff doesn’t end up at Maryland, UConn, or somewhere else because of this move. With Yale being right around the corner from UConn, someone from the Eli staff could easily make the jump too.
Also, Edsall may be interested in bringing his favorite troops to Maryland with him.
Logic dictates that Columbia fans must be prepared for at least the remote possibility that some of our coaches could be poached as a result of this decision at Maryland.
Edsall was at UConn for 12 years, and I thought he was doing a super job in his first few seasons as the Huskies made that tough jump from I-AA to I-A college football. But after that initial impressive achievement, UConn seemed to hit a wall. The new head coach will have to deal with criticisms that the program just has too many inherent disadvantages to really go “big time” in the BCS.
I hate the “inherent disadvantages” argument whenever it is used for UConn, Columbia, or the Detroit Lions.
The fact is, the right players, coaches and front office/athletic department have a way of hurdling what are supposed to be insurmountable obstacles… and in a hurry too.
Cases in point: the 1995 Northwestern Wildcats, 2004 Boston Red Sox, 2008 Arizona Cardinals, 1994 New York Rangers.
All of those teams shot to the top of their leagues within 1-3 years of new management and coaching.
The right guy could easily come along at UConn and take them to a serious BCS bowl. I truly believe that.
Fordham grad John Skelton finished up the season going 14 of 25 for just 92 yads, one TD and one INT in a 38-7 Arizona Cardinal loss to San Francisco. We'll see if he gets a chance to play next year.