Longtime college coach Randy Edsall is getting a job in Detroit.
Edsall, who was fired as head coach at Maryland during the 2015 season, has been hired as the Lions’ director of football research/special projects.
It’s unclear what, exactly, a “director of football research/special projects” does, but Edsall will presumably be an assistant to new Lions G.M. Bob Quinn. Quinn’s first job in football was as a graduate assistant at UConn during Edsall’s first year as UConn’s head coach, so now Quinn is giving his old boss a job.
The 57-year-old Edsall has coached mostly in college, although he did spend four seasons as the Jaguars’ defensive backs coach in the 1990s. Edsall had a 74-70 record in 12 years as the head coach at UConn and a 22-33 record in four and a half years as the head coach at Maryland.