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Randy Edsall Takes Maryland's Head Coaching Job

And you thought head coach Doug Marrone was the only Syracuse Orange alum giving back to the University?

According to ESPN's college football reporter Joe Schad via Twitter:

"Maryland has chosen UConn's Randy Edsall as head coach."

Early in the day, the Washington Post reported that Edsall, a former SU quarterback, was talking with Maryland:

"Connecticut Coach Randy Edsall has emerged as the leading candidate to become Maryland's next head football coach, two individuals close to the Maryland athletic department and one individual close to Edsall said Sunday."

"Edsall and his family are expected to travel to the College Park campus to receive a tour of the school Sunday. Connecticut fell to Oklahoma, 48-20, Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz."

Edsall's decision to become a Terp means that the Pittsburgh Panthers and Connecticut Huskies, both co-champions of the Big East Conference, will each be searching for new head coaches.

Pittsburgh had to fire newly appointed head coach Mike Haywood, who was arrested on domestic violence charges on New Years Eve.

Add that the West Virginia Mountaineers, the third co-champ, is planning to slowly phase in future head coach Dana Holgorsen, who will be the offensive coordinator in '11 but then take over head coaching duties in '12, and SU could be the favorite in the Big East next season.

For Orange nation, the 2011 season just gets better and better; and SU isn't even doing anything!

(Check out The UConn Blog for it's reaction on Edsall leaving.)