A Superior Court judge on Tuesday issued a stay of conclusions made by the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, allowing UConn football assistant coach Corey Edsall to continue in his job through a potentially lengthy appeals process.
The Board ruled in July that Edsall’s employment, as a member of the staff under his father, coach Randy Edsall, violated state ethics laws. Randy Edsall is a Susquehannock High School graduate.
"The ethics commission is agreeing not to pursue Randy for any of the alleged actions that he negotiated a contract for Corey while he was a state employee," said Louis George, Edsall's attorney. "That being off the table, we think is a great thing. And then the motion to stay is what we asked for, keep the status quo during this appeal. Overall, that's exactly what Randy and the university were seeking and I think the judge understood it and got it right."
Barbara Housen, attorney for the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, had no comment while leaving court.
The stay issued Tuesday allows UConn the option to re-sign Corey Edsall to another contract and avoid what they called “irreparable harm” to the football program and university if Corey Edsall were forced to vacate his position when his initial contract expires.
Now UConn can retain Corey Edsall through the length of the appeals process, George said, “will certainly take longer than [Jan. 14]. We'll enter a scheduling order, there are briefs to be done, so it will take some time.”
The Board on Tuesday called UConn’s management plan for Corey Edsall “a sham.”
Corey Edsall is working on a one-year, $95,000 contract that expires Jan. 14.
Some issues remain unclear: It remains unclear whether he will be able to sign another contract during the appeal process, and whether UConn or Randy Edsall could face any legal ramifications if he does.
The Board has agreed not to pursue Randy Edsall for what it considers a breach of ethics codes up to this point, but did not make clear in court whether Corey Edsall could sign another contract without UConn and/or Randy Edsall being pursue for anything deemed a violation from here forward.
Randy Edsall signed an offer letter and agreed to become UConn's coach on Dec. 28, 2016. His official start date was listed as Jan. 3, but the board ruled that Edsall began his duties in the time between and, therefore, was a state employee when Corey's one-year, $95,000 contract was negotiated.
State employees are prohibited from negotiating jobs for family members. The board also ruled that Corey's place on the staff puts Randy Edsall in a position of financial influence of his son.
UConn's position is that Randy Edsall was not a state employee when a job was being finalized for Corey and that a proper management plan is in place to avoid a conflict of interest.
Edsall, who has agreed to a five-year deal and a $1 million salary, has not signed a contract nearly a year after being hired, mostly due to the situation with his son.
In July, the Board voted to adopt a formal opinion that ruled the negotiation of Corey's job, as well as his place on the staff, violated ethics laws and ruled that Corey could keep his job for the 2017 season so long as he does not sign another contract.