UConn AD says Edsall needs more to build program

Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall works the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall works the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut athletic director David Benedict gave football coach Randy Edsall a vote of confidence Sunday and said it would not be fair to evaluate his program after three losing seasons.

Edsall, who is in his second stint as head coach at UConn, led the Huskies to a 2-10 record this past season, after a 1-11 campaign in 2018 and a 3-9 record in 2017.

Benedict said the coach should be given the opportunity to have five full recruiting classes before anyone decides if he has been a success or failure.

“I’m not saying that everyone has to share the same opinion or have the same level of confidence in Coach Edsall that I do, but he has to be given the time to build the program and you can’t do it in three years," he said. “Ultimately over the next three years, we'll hopefully see our program become more and more competitive.""

Fifteen players have indicated their plans to transfer from UConn, including several starters such as

safety Tyler Coyle, cornerback Tahj Herring-Wilson and center Nino Leone.