To say that this has been a trying season would be an understatement. The Huskies went through the first three games without Endres, who had been suspended by the school. But there was another quarterback with starting experience, although Zach Frazier played lukewarm at best.
Endres relieved Frazer and played well for a time, but then he was suspended again last week after reportedly failing another drug test. A former starting guard on the team, Eric Kuraczea, also quit the team.
Put that together with an average defense and generally mundane or poor special teams play and it all adds up to where the Huskies are now, which is struggling.
Many blame Edsall.
"I didn't get dumb overnight. I didn't get stupid overnight,'' he said. "Some years you have enough pieces for the puzzle. Some years you don't. And all you try to do is work each and every day to make these kids the best they can be in every aspect of their life.
"Sometimes you spoil people. And sometimes maybe the level of expectations are higher than what the people who made those expectations really know anything about. Believe me, if I worried about that I would never have been in this profession as long as I have and for as long as I want to be in it.''
If UConn struggles again Friday night against a West Virginia team it has never beaten, expect the complaints to continue, if not intensify. But Edsall seems secure in what he is doing, even if he might not be entirely secure in his job.
"I'm the same guy I was last year when we beat Notre Dame and South Carolina [and] when we won the Big East championship,'' Edsall said. "Like I said, I didn't get stupid overnight.
"In this profession you're nuts if you take any pats on the back. All those people that tell you how good you are, now those same people are telling you how bad you are and how you stink and all that stuff. '
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.