It hasn’t happened very often this year, but UConn football earned a big win on Thursday. The state’s Supreme Court ruled that the school did not commit a violation when they hired Corey Edsall — son of head coach Randy — as the Huskies’ tight ends coach.
The State Ethics Board contended that UConn violated the state’s nepotism laws by hiring Corey Edsall, a position the court determined to be “clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, probative and substantial evidence on the whole record.”
On December 28, 2016, UConn athletic director David Benedict extended an offer sheet to Randy that stated while he could not hire his son himself, the school would do so and place him under the supervision of then-COO Beth Goetz instead of Edsall. The school did all the necessarily legwork to make sure this arrangement was acceptable.
However, in June 2017, the state ethic committee intervened and ruled that Randy improperly got his son hired. In December of that year, UConn and the Edsalls appealed the decision and a judge ruled that Corey could hold his position until the process was completed.
The hearing between the two sides was held on Sep. 5 with the decision finally coming down today in favor of Edsall and UConn.
This is a big win, as Randy Edsall has yet to sign his contract and is instead working with a “binding letter of agreement” which lets him coach the Huskies while also getting paid $1 million per year. The coach was waiting for the situation to be finalized to sign the deal and will hopefully do so soon.