In the end, the Edsall Bowl proved emotional for the Maryland coach. But I don't think the circumstances --
Each team knew quite a bit about each other's coaches. That's about it. I think the game was decided by defenses, particularly UConn's. You just knew that Don Brown's blitzing and multiple substitutions were going to be difficult for the Terps and their young quarterback to handle, as they are for most teams.
First, the emotions. The coach's voice was thick and his eyes filled with tears as he talked about the experience of having so many former and current players in one place.
I mentioned in my game story what transpired between Edsall and redshirt senior linebacker Sio Moore of the Huskies.
"I went up to [Edsall] after the game and told him I love him," said Moore, who was credited with 2 ½ sacks. "He is one of those guys that really saw something in me when I didn't know I had anything in me myself, so I really appreciate him giving me the chance."
That sort of encounter might help explain Edsall's emotions.
There are certainly Connecticut players who weren't pleased with the manner in which Edsall departed the program.
But, for what it's worth, UConn coach