Might Want To Think Twice

By Adam Caparell - November 30, 2007

The coaching carousel seems to have slowed down as the week comes to a close with no one getting the ax the past few days. But there's been plenty of other activity around the country with coaches contemplating moves to other jobs and there's one in particular that should really take a hard look at what the future may hold.

UConn's Randy Edsall has helped guide the Huskies to an unexpected berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl thanks to a 9-3 regular season and a second place finish in the conference. But Edsall apparently is being courted by at least another, more prominent school to be its next head coach.

A former Georgia Tech assistant, Edsall has reportedly talked with the Yellow Jackets about taking over for the canned Chan Gailey. But if Edsall really took a step back and looked at the UConn job compared to the Georgia Tech job he might just realize the wisest decision would be to stick around Storrs.

Edsall knows it, but Georgia Tech is a very tough place to win. There's the academic requirements that can weed out some of the more talented players in the region and the fact that year after year the Yellow Jackets get pounded by their rival, Georgia, makes the prospects of being the head coach at Tech for more than a handful of seasons slim. Gailey was let go in large part because he couldn't beat his rival and Georgia's dominance in the series likely won't be changing anytime soon.

On top of that, the Yellow Jackets are always going to play second fiddle to the Bulldogs in that state when it comes to recruiting and they're always going to play third, fourth, or fifth fiddle in the Atlanta sports scene where Georgia Tech is far from the first thing on the minds of fans down there.

Of course, the brand of football is better in the ACC than the Big East - although that might be debatable - but UConn actually has the best facilities in the Big East along with one of the newer stadiums in the country, it doesn't have the academic requirements that Georgia Tech does and the Huskies are the focal point of a state without a major pro franchise. They get a ton of attention in Connecticut. They still aren't attracting top talent, but the more they win the more they will and the talent level continues to rise year after year.

So when you weight it all, UConn is a better, safer job for Edsall. The long term prospects of having a secure job and the potential to win and compete on a consistent basis are far greater in the Storrs and the Big East than they are in Atlanta and the ACC. But it looks like Edsall's ego could be at play here. He might be ready to cash in on some success and try a new gig. Stay tuned.

I may be a UConn grad, I may have covered Edsall and the Huskies for three years, but there's no bias and certainly no rooting interest in this evaluation - I divested myself emotionally from them a long, long time ago. I think if you carefully analyze the situation, many would agree with me that Edsall would be wise to stick around Storrs.

Weekly Picks

Last Week: 3-2 | Season: 30-35

No. 6 Virginia Tech (-4) over No. 12 Boston College
The Hokies defense is finally playing like the unit we all thought we would see at the beginning of the season. An athletic defense gives Matt Ryan trouble - we saw that in the first game between these two teams and also in BC's loss to Florida State. As long as the Hokies don't play prevent defense - like they did in the final few minutes against Ryan the first time out, and just look where it got them - they'll be fine.

No. 14 Tennessee (+7.5) over No. 5 LSU
Distractions galore. Les Miles to Michigan rumors are raging and so are the Bo Pelini to Nebraska ones. The Tigers are a beat up team with injuries galore up and down the offense and defense. Matt Flynn's a game time decision, Glenn Dorsey's banged up and you have to wonder about LSU's motivation with all the speculation swirling around the coaches and the fact they're basically out of the national title picture. Every time you count out Phil Fulmer he proves you wrong.

UCLA (+20) cover vs. No. 8 USC
Trojans win this one, but not by 21. Rivalry game, Karl Dorrell's job on the line could play into Bruins favor. USC's defense has been playing some impressive ball and it looks like Pat Cowan is going to play for the first time since Nov. 3, but I don't see the Trojans out-scoring the Bruins by three touchdowns. Bruins may not score much, but it's not like the Trojans have been lighting up the scoreboard.

No. 2 West Virginia (-28.5) over Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has been an awful team on the road, losing it's last six games and West Virginia has won 26 of its last 29 at Mountaineer Field. The West Virginia offense is rolling right now, helping the team to six straight wins. The Panthers have lost seven of their last nine and won't be bowling for yet another season. Pat White continues to blow by defenses. Only thing the Mountaineers really have to worry about is getting through this game with him avoiding a serious injury.

No. 9 Oklahoma (-3) over No. 1 Missouri
I almost always go with the more talented team and that's what I'm doing here. Sooners are a better defensive squad and have more speed than Missouri, but I do think this is going to be a close one. Key is turnovers. If the Tigers take care of the ball they're going to be in good shape. They can move the ball against the Sooners, but not enough to knock them off and continue their unexpected run to the national title game.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:13 PM on November 30, 2007

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