STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — The University of Connecticut’s Head Football Coach Randy Edsall has announced his retirement and, as of Monday, will step down immediately.

The university announced Monday Edsall and Director of Athletics David Benedict came to the mutual decision that he would step down immediately.

Coach Edsall originally announced Sunday he would retire at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

The move to retire came after a tough loss for his team Saturday against Holy Cross. The team put out a statement earlier Sunday announcing the move. Edsall spoke to the media Sunday but would not specifically address his retirement but did reflect on his career briefly.

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“After 17 years of service at the University of Connecticut as its head football coach, I’ve decided to retire at the end of the season,” Edsall said Sunday. “Back in 2017 I made a commitment to the University but felt it was better to make this announcement now rather than the end of the year, to allow the University ample time to prepare for the future of the football program. All my focus and attention for the rest of the season will be to prepare our players and coaches to go out and win as many games as possible.” 

“Upon further reflection by both Randy and I, and after having the opportunity to visit with Randy today, we are both in agreement that it is in the best interest of our student-athletes to have a new voice leading UConn football,” Benedict said.

Defensive Coordinator Lou Spanos will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2021 season. He will give his first media briefing as coach at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Spanos has served as UConn’s defensive coordinator since the 2019 season and is a 26-year coaching veteran with previous experience in the NFL and college.

This was Edsall’s second go-around with the Huskies. He first arrived in Storrs in 1999 and helped lead the program to Division I culminating with a BCS Bowl Game back in 2011.

Edsall then left for Maryland, returning in 2017 to try to rebuild the program for a second time. This time around has not gone well. Edsall is just 6-32 in his second stint.

A national search for a new head coach starts now. Huskies host Purdue on Saturday at 3 p.m.