Randy Edsall, the "winningest" coach in UConn history, is returning to UConn as head football coach, Director of Athletics David Benedict announced Wednesday.
Edsall, who was most recently director of research, special projects, for the NFL's Detroit Lions, previously served as UConn head coach from the 1999 through 2010 seasons. He replaces Bob Diaco, fired effective Jan. 2 by UConn earlier this week.
University President Susan Herbst said Edsall "possesses the passion, experience and commitment to lead our program and develop our student-athletes, both on and off the field."
Edsall racked up 74 wins at UConn between 1999 and 2010. He led the Huskies program from Division I-AA to Division I-A and in 2002, the Huskies' first season as a full member of the FBS, led the team to six wins.
He also served as head football coach of the University of Maryland from 2011 to 2015.
"I want to thank President Herbst, Athletic Director David Benedict and the rest of the administration for believing I am the right person to build this program and develop its student-athletes," Edsall said in a statement.
The terms of Edsall's contract will include $1 million annually in guaranteed compensation, with the opportunity to earn bonuses based on performance and achievement, for a term of five years, UConn said. The buyouts for the university and Edsall will mirror each other beginning at $3 million and decreasing $1 million each year to zero after the third year.
A free, public press conference to re-introduce Edsall as head football coach will take place at Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Friday at 11 a.m.