Dan Hurley and Randy Edsall aren’t leaving UConn anytime soon. On Friday, the school announced both coaches signed two-year contract extensions with the same salary structure as their original contracts. At this time, information regarding incentives, escalators, bonuses and buyouts has not been made publicly available for either extension.
Hurley, who took over as the men’s basketball head coach in 2018, currently has the Huskies trending in the right direction in year one in the Big East and his third season overall with a 13-6 overall record. He owns a 48-35 record overall in his three seasons in Storrs. His two-year extension keeps him in Storrs through March 31, 2027 with compensation valued at $2.9 million during the 2021-22 season.
“During Dan’s introductory press conference almost three years ago, I said that he is the absolute right fit for UConn,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “The success of the team this year, the culture he has instilled in his program, and the excitement the Huskies have generated throughout UConn Nation make it abundantly clear that Coach Hurley is the right leader of our men’s basketball program for many years to come.”
“I want to thank Dave Benedict, President Katsouleas, and our university leadership for showing confidence in me and acknowledging the progress we’ve made,” Hurley said in a statement. “We intend to continue on this upward path as we pursue conference and national championships.”
Edsall’s two-year extension puts him under contract through Dec. 31, 2023 with compensation valued at $1.256 million during the 2021 season. Since returning to UConn football for a second stint as head coach in 2017, Edsall and the Huskies have gone 6-30 in three seasons and opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Overall, Edsall is 80-100 as UConn’s head coach and led the Huskies to five bowl games, including the Fiesta Bowl in the 2010 season.
“When I hired Randy, he and I knew that rebuilding our football program was a long-term project that would require a great deal of patience,” Benedict said in a statement. “My confidence in his ability to revive UConn football remains strong, and I look forward to watching a committed group of young men compete on the gridiron this fall.”
Both extensions certainly serve as a vote of confidence in the job the two are doing from Benedict, especially for Edsall, whose initial contract was set to expire at the end of the 2021 season. While a contract doesn't necessarily mean guaranteed job security, it should provide an additional sense of stability for both the fanbase and prospective recruits.