Lions hire former Maryland, UConn coach Randy Edsall

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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.