After nearly three years, Susquehannock grad Randy Edsall finally signs his UConn contract

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Connecticut coach Randy Edsall yells to a player on the field during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in East Hartford, Conn. UCF won 56-17. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

After more than 2 1/2 years working without an official contract, UConn football coach Randy Edsall has signed the agreement he and the school first reached in late 2016.

Since assuming his job in January of 2017, the Susquehannock High School graduate had worked under a binding memorandum of understanding. He declined to sign his contract amid a legal battle over his son Corey’s employment as UConn tight ends coach, as well as concerns about the fallout from Kevin Ollie’s firing as men’s basketball coach.

Last November, a Superior Court judge ruled that UConn did not violate state ethics laws in hiring Corey Edsall to work on Randy Edsall’s staff, effectively ending a saga that had lasted more than a year. Connecticut’s Office of State Ethics, which had brought a nepotism complaint, initially appealed the decision but announced in March that it would no longer pursue the issue.

Edsall, athletic director David Benedict and then-UConn president Susan Herbst all signed Edsall’s contract in late July of this year, followed by AAUP-Storrs executive director Michael Bailey on Aug. 1.

Edsall’s annual salary began at $1 million but was designed to increase slightly each year, depending on the team’s performance the previous season. His pay is supplemented by a menu of performance bonuses, maxing out at $150,000 a year.

Edsall received a $150,000 retention bonus on July 31 of this year and stands to pocket two additional retention bonuses: $300,000 if he remains UConn’s coach on Dec. 1, 2019 and $200,000 if he remains in the role on Dec. 1, 2021.

The coach’s contract ends Dec. 1, 2021, following what would be the fifth season of his current tenure in Storrs.