Randy Edsall, Son Expected To Seek Court Order Allowing Corey Edsall To Remain A UConn Assistant Coach

Lawyers for UConn football coach Randy Edsall and his son Corey Edsall, the university and the Office of State Ethics met with a Hartford Superior Court judge Tuesday to discuss the Edsalls’ appeal of an ethics office finding that Corey Edsall’s hiring constitutes a violation of a state rule on nepotism.

The state Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board found in July that Edsall and UConn violated ethics laws by hiring Corey Edsall as a $95,000 a year tight ends coach. Randy Edsall returned to UConn Jan. 3.

UConn and lawyer Louis N. George, who represents the Edsalls, contend the hiring was proper and argue that the ethics decision is wrong. Randy Edsall was hired effective Jan. 3, they argue, and his discussions with UConn about the hiring of his son occurred prior to his hiring. Since he was not a state employee at the time, he did not violate the law, they said.

The meeting “was a initial status conference where the judge looks at the matter, talks to the parties, determines where everyone stands in their position and tries to develop a plan,” George said. “As we discussed the matter it was evident that the case is not going to be resolved prior to Jan. 14, 2018, and we requested that the court issue a stay of any enforcement action similar to what the ethics commission ordered for this year and continue that same status quo moving forward.”

When it issued its ruling the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board recommended Corey Edsall, 24, remain in his position but that his one-year contract not be renewed.

The judge ordered the parties to file any motion for a stay by Nov. 16 and for the state ethics office to reply by Nov. 30.

Should the judge issue the stay, George said, UConn would be able to renew Corey Edsall’s contract as litigation over the matter continues.

The ethics board contends Randy Edsall was a state employee at the time he worked to get his son hired. And as coach, the board concluded, Randy Edsall would be in a position of financial influence over his son, his son's supervisors and even potential competitors on the staff — none of which is permissible.

Several board members said it would be impossible for Randy Edsall not to be Corey's supervisor and in a position of influence, despite UConn's plans to have Corey officially report to, and be reviewed by, other members of the athletic department staff.

The Edsall appeal argues that, in reaching its decision, the board arbitrarily "chose to disregard and/or downplay (a) Dec. 23 informal opinion" that the Office of State Ethics provided to UConn and which UConn and Edsall relied upon.

The Office of State Ethics told UConn not to rely on the informal opinion.

Lawyers for UConn from the state attorney general’s office declined to comment.

Carol Carson, executive director of the Office of State Ethics, said her staff will respond to the request for a stay once it is filed.

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