Judge rules hiring of UConn coach’s son was not violation


A Connecticut Superior Court judge has ruled that UConn did not violate the state’s ban on nepotism when it hired football coach Randy Edsall’s son as an assistant coach.

Judge Joseph Shortall on Thursday vacated the state Citizen Ethics Advisory Board’s ruling that would have forced Corey Edsall to leave his job when his contract expires in January.

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Shortall says Randy Edsall was not yet a state employee when he negotiated for his son to be hired. The judge says the board made a mistake by determining that the head coach was hired in December 2016, finding that Edsall wasn’t a state employee until a month later.

UConn’s President Susan Herbst has released the following statement on Thursday’s decision:

“The university appealed the board’s ruling because we were confident that UConn carefully followed state statute and well-established management practices in instances such as this. We are gratified that the judge unambiguously agreed. We look forward to moving on.”

That original ethics ruling led to a change in state law allowing immediate family members to work in the same department within the higher education system under certain conditions.

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