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Notre Dame Coaching Search: UConn's Randy Edsall Emerging as Candidate

Jeff KalafaAnalyst IIIDecember 9, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 18:  Head coach Randy Edsall of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Connecticut 12-10.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Eric Hansen, of the South Bend Tribune , suggested it today.  He wrote, "A source considered close to the Notre Dame search said Kelly and Connecticut's coach Randy Edsall were expected to meet with Notre Dame officials on Tuesday."

Yesterday ESPN's Joe Schad wrote about things "heating up" between Notre Dame and Brian Kelly.  Today he insinuated, "Another coach has emerged."  Schad referred to a source close to the situation and wrote, "There is mutual interest between Notre Dame and Connecticut coach Randy Edsall."

The Chicago Sun Times ran an article today where Neil Hayes wrote, "Don't be surprised if this clandestine search produces a candidate far from expected."  The title of Hayes' article was "It's Kelly for Notre Dame, unless it's not."

Eric Hansen reminds everyone that Kelly sent a recent email to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bill Koch and Kelly wrote "Keep in mind, I'm talking to UC too."

There's a lot of false information floating around the Internet.  A lot of people express opinion as fact and the Notre Dame coaching search has become one big media soap opera, but when I read something about Notre Dame football in the South Bend Tribune , I give it a lot more credibility than just about any other tabloid.

I respect the Chicago Sun Times, and even though ESPN's Joe Schad has done somewhat of an about face, I respect anyone who works and writes for them.

Randy Edsall's agent, Gary O'hagan, told the Chicago paper that Edsall had nothing to say when asked about his involvement in Notre Dame's coaching search.  "Having nothing to say,"  usually means there's a lot say but they're just not talking.

And what's not to like about UConn's Randy Edsall?  He rose to somewhat of a national icon for the brilliant way he helped his team get through the Jasper Howard tragedy.

He takes two-star recruits and turns them into first and second round NFL draft picks.  Last year's NFL draft saw four Uconn players drafted in the first two rounds.

Only two weeks ago Edsall brought his underdog Huskie team into Notre Dame Stadium and left with a win.

Edsall's prepared for a high profile job.  He's taken Connecticut from a 1AA program in 2009 to four 1A bowl games, three in the last three years.

The Uconn coach isn't just curious about the vacancy.   ESPN's Chris Fowler said clearly, "Randy Edsall is very interested in the Notre Dame coaching job."

One of the issues that could concern Swarbrick about Brian Kelly is defense.  Although the Bearcats finished with a perfect record, in their last four games, the defense didn't hold up like it did earlier in the year.

Edsell has always been considered a defensive specialist.  In his statement today, Joe Schad said "Edsall has a "solid defensive mind."

This process, this coaching search doesn't appear to be over yet.  Don't count out anybody.  That includes Tommy Tuberville, Skip Holtz, Jim Harbaugh and yes—Bob Stoops also!

EXTRA POINT:  Though Edsall is sincerely interested in the ND coaching job, nothing says the UConn football program couldn't continue to grow into one of the nations premier programs.

The State of Connecticut is dead serious about basketball (men and women).  With no professional teams in the state, they could become just as serious about UConn football.  A trip to a BCS Bowl could help fuel the fire.

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