This is what happens when you are succesful. Others want your services. What Edsall did is no different than what any other person would do. He worked hard at his original job, succeeded and was rewarded with a bigger opportunity. He didn't abandon his players or his school. He didn't stab the state in the back. He simply did what he thought was better for him, why is that so bad? He spent 12 very good years here. He was able to accomplish what many only dreamed of. The UConn football family should thanks Edsall for his time here and wish him luck in College Park.
Now, Maryland the program isn't necessarily a huge step up like Notre Dame would have been. It is a more established program. He took UConn as far as he could take it. This Maryland job is another stepping stone for him. If he can improve the program, win a few ACC titles then you'll see Edsall at a big time school soon. That's what he is looking at. The ACC is a better conference and gives him a better chance in his career.
Look at this as a great opportunity for UConn. They can go on a national search for their next coach. They don't need to settle for some no-names with state ties like the Hartford Courant suggested this morning. (How can the biggest paper in the state be so poor in their choices: Mark Whipple Ken O'Keefe and Norries Wilson. Yeah, who the hell are these guys is right.) I think the school needs to shoot for the stars (sorry for the lame cliché.) If Rich Rodriguez gets let go by Michigan, he should be choice #1. Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach could be an option, albeit a risky one. I think the most likely scenario is that the next coach currently resides in the MAC or Conference USA. I really like the Tulsa coach Todd Graham. He's had a great three-year run and may be looking for a BCS conference job. Another possible route is a big-time offensive or defensive coordinator from a major program like a Penn State.
Really the possibilities are endless. Like I said this should be a time to celebrate. The program has a chance to build off a very good season and try to improve under a new coach in the years to come. If the administration plays their cards right, we could be looking at the dawning of a great era of Connecticut football. If they botch this though, the program will be set back many years.
Just do it right.