Posted by Tom Fornelli
You have to wonder if UConn may be regretting the fact that it was chosen to play in the Fiesta Bowl a bit right now. Forget about the fact that Oklahoma did what everybody expected Oklahoma to do to the Huskies on Saturday night, it's what's happened in the hours since then that have damaged UConn the most.
Now, even with the loss, getting the kind of exposure for the football program that being in the Fiesta Bowl brings is a good thing. Of course, national exposure for a program is a two-way street. Yes, people know who you are now, even if all they know about you is that you aren't as good as Oklahoma. The problem is that exposure not only works for the program, but the people in it.
Jordan Todman has been one of the best running backs in college football all season, but because of where he rushed for all those yards and touchdowns, not everybody knew about it. Now Todman had a chance to perform in the national spotlight, with the eyes of NFL scouts upon him. He didn't have the greatest game, but it's no coincidence that he's now going to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
He knew that the spotlight on him probably won't get any brighter in 2011.
Then there's Randy Edsall. The job Edsall has done at UConn can't be over looked. He took a program from the FCS and helped make it a contender in a BCS conference, and only needed seven years to win the Big East and get to a BCS bowl. It's because of this that Edsall's name has seemed to pop up in every coaching vacancy around the country the last few years, but it seems that one school finally couldn't resist passing up the opportunity to actually hire him.
Sunday brought the news that Edsall was going to be named the new head coach at Maryland. Now, less than 24 hours after the culmination of all the work Edsall put in at UConn, after the team finally reached a BCS bowl game, it's right back to where it started seven years ago.
Happy new year, UConn.