Maryland has named Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall as its football coach.
Players gathered in the Gossett Football Team House to meet Edsall and get the word from athletic director Kevin Anderson. Quarterback Danny O'Brien drove up from North Carolina to attend.
Edsall underwent the same interview procedure as Mike Leach did last Thursday, said a source. Leach was interviewed by Maryland's president, athletic director and the search committee. Leach was also visited by Maryland officials last month in Florida. He brought his wife to the second interview and obviously was a serious candidate.
But Edsall got the job.
This from Maryland news release on Edsall:
"Randy Edsall, who spent the last 12 years taking the University of Connecticut from Division I-AA status (now FCS) to five bowl games, including a BCS contest, has been named Maryland's head football coach, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Sunday evening.
Edsall, who will be introduced Monday during a news conference, guided the Huskies to a pair of BIG EAST Conference titles (2007, 2010) and postseason appearances in each of the last four seasons, including the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The 2010 BIG EAST Coach of the Year has led the Huskies to eight or more wins in each of the last four seasons as the Huskies successfully made the ascent from Division I-AA.
Prior to his stint in Storrs, Conn., Edsall, a native of Glen Rock, Pa., spent one season (1998) as the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech and four years (1994-97) as a defensive backs coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars who went from expansion team to the AFC Championship game during his tenure."