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UConn coach in the mix
Huskies' Randy Edsall reportedly interviews with Jackets

ATLANTA - Randy Edsall has led Connecticut to a 9-3 record this season and a berth in the Dec. 29 Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte.

It'd be intriguing - and perhaps convenient - if Georgia Tech were a surprise selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference representative to face the Huskies. It wouldn't be the first time this postseason Edsall has looked eye-to-eye at the Yellow Jackets.

Edsall was believed to be in Atlanta on Friday to interview for the head coach opening at Georgia Tech, where he worked as an assistant coach in 1998. He is thought to be the first outside candidate to interview for the opening.

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich fired Chan Gailey on Monday after a 7-5 regular season. The firing came two days after the school's seventh straight loss to Georgia, including six straight with Gailey.

Georgia Tech is thought to be headed to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco or the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, but the Meineke game in Charlotte is another possibility.

A Connecticut school official said Thursday night that Edsall traveled to Atlanta for the interview.

No Georgia Tech official would confirm the meeting with Edsall or provide any updates on the search on Friday.

Radakovich has identified only one candidate, defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, who will serve as interim coach for the bowl game.

Gailey was 44-32 in six seasons at Georgia Tech.

Edsall is 50-54 in nine years at UConn, which made the move up from Division I-AA in 2002.

Edsall was Georgia Tech's defensive backs coach in 1998.

'People come along and they want to talk to you, then you've got to sit down and determine what's best for you and your family just like anybody would,' Edsall said Tuesday.

According to a Connecticut official who on Thursday requested anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss the situation, Edsall cleared his schedule Thursday for the trip to Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick is promoting the possible candidacy of assistant coach Rick Neuheisel, the former Colorado and Washington coach.

Billick said this week he would immediately free Neuheisel to begin work at Georgia Tech if necessary.

'Rick Neuheisel has been, and will make, an outstanding college coach,' Billick said. 'The college game needs coaches like Rick Neuheisel. ... I would be very surprised if a number of schools weren't interested in Rick Neuheisel, and we'll support that in every way.'

Gailey lost at least five games, including losses to Georgia, in each of his six seasons at Tech.

Gailey was the first coach to take Tech to a bowl game in each of his first five seasons, but the streak was built on lower-level bowls. Three years Gailey and the Yellow Jackets headed west to the Silicon Valley Classic, the Humanitarian Bowl and the Emerald Bowl.

Gailey's highlight was a 9-5 finish in 2006 which ended with losses in the ACC championship game and Gator Bowl, satisfying the players' desire to play in a bowl game in warm weather and close to Atlanta.

Other possible candidates in Georgia Tech's search to replace Gailey include Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong; Navy coach and former Georgia Southern coach Paul Johnson; Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher; Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher.

SideBar: The list

Possible candidates to succeed Chan Gailey as coach at Georgia Tech:

Jon Tenuta, Georgia Tech defensive coordinator and interim head coach

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State offensive coordinator

Will Muschamp, Auburn defensive coordinator

Paul Johnson, Navy head coach

Charlie Strong, Florida defensive coordinator

Randy Edsall, Connecticut head coach

Rick Neuheisel, Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach

Chris Hatcher, Georgia Southern head coach