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UConn, Edsall set to appeal state’s ruling on hiring son

The state of Connecticut ruled in July that the hiring of Corey Edsall violated the state’s nepotism clause.

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More than a month after the state of Connecticut ruled that the hiring of Corey Edsall - the son of returning head coach Randy Edsall - was a violation of the state’s nepotism clause, Randy Edsall and UConn are set to appeal the state’s ruling.

Based on the state’s ruling, no action will be against UConn or Randy Edsall so long as Corey Edsall does not return to the program after serving his one-year, $95,000 salary this season.

Corey Edsall currently serves as the Huskies’ tight ends coach and reports to UConn athletics Chief Operating Officer Beth Goetz.

Randy Edsall and UConn’s appeal will likely focus on the fact that Corey Edsall was hired prior to Randy Edsall’s hiring. Corey Edsall’s deal was negotiated prior to Randy Edsall’s start date of Jan. 3. UConn believes that potential hires do not become state employees until their first day of work.

Prior to UConn, Corey Edsall played one year of football at Syracuse before transferring to Maryland, where he served as a student assistant under his Randy Edsall for three seasons. After Maryland, he spent two seasons at the University of Colorado, working with the defense as a graduate assistant in 2016.

So far this season, UConn tight end Alec Bloom has the unit’s only catch, an 18-yard reception in the Huskies’ 27-20 season-opening victory over Holy Cross.