'Love of the game': Val Ackerman, new Hall of Famer, key contributor to basketball history
Val Ackerman, newly elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, has positively impacted the sport on almost every level.The obsession is sustained. Dribbling, shooting, passing for hours without a regard for who’s watching or who’s doubting. But the daughter of a high school athletics director is laser-focused, schooling other kids in the neighborhood before doing the same against her opponents while attending Hopewell Valley Central High School.
A day after a 38-28 loss to Holy Cross, Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall has announced he will retire at the end of the 2021 season.
Edsall, who is in his second stint at UConn, has led the Huskies to a 6-22 record since returning to Storrs four years ago.
“Back in 2017 I made a commitment to the university, but felt it was better to make this announcement now rather than the end of the year to allow the university ample time to prepare for the future of the football program," Edsall said in a statement. "All my focus and attention for the rest of the season will be to prepare our players and coaches to go out and win as many games as possible.”
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The loss to FCS Holy Cross comes after UConn dropped its opener to Fresno State 45-0.
Edsall, 63, served as the school's first football coach when the program was established in 1999, and he presided over a transition to the FCS level, winning two Big East Conference titles and a berth in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.
The following season, he was hired as the head coach at Maryland before being fired midway through his fifth season.
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Edsall has a 102-136 record over 17 seasons as a head coach at UConn and Maryland.
"While the program has been unable to recapture that level of success on the field during Randy’s second stint as our head football coach, the decision to retire at the end of the season was made by Randy. As is the case with all our teams, I am constantly evaluating the football program and will continue to make decisions that I feel are in the best interest of our student-athletes,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said.
The school says a national search for Edsall's replacement will begin "immediately."
Alabama linebacker Christian Harris (8), Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) and Alabama linebacker Henry To'o To'o (10) celebrate after Mathis recovered a Miami fumble at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Massachusetts Minutemen running back Kay'Ron Adams (8) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Cam Bright (left) and defensive lineman Calijah Kancey (middle) and defensive lineman Habakkuk Baldonado (87) during the first quarter at Heinz Field.
Air Force Falcons wide receiver Micah Davis (0) is lifted up by tight end Kyle Patterson (88) as he celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the first quarter against the Lafayette Leopards at Falcon Stadium.
Tulane Green Wave running back Ygenio Booker (5) makes a one handed leaping catch in front of Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Billy Bowman (5) during the first quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Maryland Terrapins tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo (9) scores a touchdown and celebrates with teammates during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall announces he's retiring at season's end
Washington Football Team defeats New York Giants on last-second field goal .
In a showdown of young, unproven quarterbacks, the unheralded Taylor Heinicke out-dueled the 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones.A back-and-forth affair all night long, Heinicke - the undrafted fourth-year Old Dominion product - rebounded from an interception thrown deep in his own territory that set up the Giants to take a 29-27 lead with two minutes left. Heinicke marched Washington down the field and into scoring range. Dustin Hopkins first attempted a 48-yard field goal and missed wide right with time expiring. But the Giants drew an offsides penalty and Hopkins made the 43-yarder to win the game.