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Edsall lands job with Detroit Lions

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Susquehannock High School graduate Randy Edsall is returning to the NFL.

The former Maryland head coach is joining the Detroit Lions as a director of football research. The Lions announced the hiring Sunday.

Edsall was fired in October, in the middle of his fifth season with the Terrapins. He went 22-34 after taking over in 2011.

Before that, Edsall was the coach at Connecticut from 1999-2010, compiling a 74-70 record.

Edsall coached in the NFL from 1994-97 as an assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to the Lions' website, the football research department assists in all aspects of game preparation, and also provides information to the coaching, personnel and football administration departments to help improve the team’s decisions in the draft, free agency and on game day.

Edsall began his coaching career at his alma mater Syracuse, where he held a number of roles including graduate assistant (1980-82), running backs coach (1983-84, 1986), tight ends coach (1985), recruiting coordinator/defensive backs (1989-90) and defensive backs coach (1991-93).

Lions general manager Bob Quinn was a graduate assistant in the Connecticut athletic department when Edsall was the head coach for the Huskies in 1999.