Thursday, December 29, 2016

UConn's Auriemma on Randy Edsall: He certainly knows the neighborhood

Since I was down at Maryland, I made an attempt that get at least one high-ranking Maryland athletic department official to comment on former Maryland coach heading back to UConn but that never happened. I did, however, get UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma's take on Edsall returning to Storrs after tonight's 87-81 victory by the Huskies.

"I think for a lot of us it came as a little bit of a surprise but I think (UConn AD) Dave (Benedict) was looking for a certain type of coach, someone who has a certain understanding that this is not just any place. He has complete familiarity with what the deal is at Connecticut, what you have to do. He coached a lot of great players here, he has a lot of success while he was here. They say that you can never go home again but we are in a different league, it is a different scenario but maybe he can himself in the same spot he was in before. He certainly knows the neighborhood, that's for sure."

Edsall will be officially introduced as the new UConn football coach tomorrow at Rentschler Field at 11 a.m. and fans are invited to attend.

Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of covering two UConn teams is that occasionally there will be conflicts. Tomorrow is one of those times as I am headed to Orlando for the women's basketball game at UCF but hopefully I'll be able to provide some updates from afar.


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