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Terps coach Edsall poised for return to UConn

Tuesday - 9/10/2013, 3:57pm  ET

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, center, argues a penalty call with officials in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Old Dominion in College Park, Md., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Maryland gained possession after defensive back Sean Davis intercepted a pass, but his touchdown was reversed after Maryland received a penalty for blocking from the back on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- As much as Maryland coach Randy Edsall would like to pretend otherwise, the matchup between the Terrapins and Connecticut this Saturday isn't just another game.

It couldn't be, given Edsall's 12-year tenure as the Connecticut head coach before he abruptly left to take the job at Maryland after the 2010 season.

Edsall coached the Huskies in their 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, then flew to Maryland for a job interview rather than returning home with his team.

Edsall has apologized for the way he handled the situation. Upon returning to UConn for the first time, he's looking to get the Terrapins to 3-0.

He said Tuesday, "The attention and the focus need to be on preparing this week and playing the best game we can."

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