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Huskies coach quashes speculation

STORRS, Conn.-- Randy Edsall, football coach at
Connecticut, on Friday rejected speculation that he will take the
same job at Syracuse.

"I want to make it perfectly clear that I am the head football
coach at the University of Connecticut and have no desire to be
involved in any way with the ongoing search for a new head coach at
Syracuse University," he said in a statement.

Paul Pasqualoni's firing last month at Syracuse refueled
speculation that the Orange would court Edsall, a 1980 alumnus.

"My name continues to circulate in reports about the Syracuse
position and I don't want it to be a distraction to what we are
trying to accomplish at UConn," he said.

Edsall said he has "great respect" for Syracuse and
its football program, but is happy at Connecticut.

"I am focused on recruiting and preparing for UConn's 2005
football season," Edsall said. "My family and I enjoy living in
the state of Connecticut and I am looking forward to continuing to
enhance the UConn football program."

Edsall guided UConn from Division I-AA to
Division I-A over the past six years. The Huskies completed the
best three-year run in program history with a 23-13 record and will
graduate a number of NFL prospects, including record-setting
quarterback Dan Orlovsky. The Huskies finished 8-4 overall and 3-3
in their first Big East campaign.

The school backed up its confidence in Edsall, a former Syracuse
quarterback, with a six-year $5.3 million contract extension in
September.

Pasqualoni, who had one year left on his contract, was fired
last month after 14 years at Syracuse. He departs with a 107-59-1
record and a 6-3 mark in bowl games, the second-winningest coach in
school history.

The New York Times reported Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis will interview for the job today.

The Times also reported Daryl Gross, the new Syracuse athletic director, interviewed Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson on Friday.

Syracuse has also contacted the representative of Donnie Henderson, the Jets' defensive coordinator, but it is unclear if a meeting is imminent.