In early September, Randy Edsall announced he would be stepping down as head coach of the Uconn football team and retiring at the end of the season. That quickly changed to an immediate resignation as Lou Spanos, the former defensive coordinator, was tabbed as the interim coach after Edsall's abrupt switch.
The ripple effects of that decision reached Bristol as Victor Rosa, Bristol Central football's star athlete, committed to the Huskies over the summer. However, it doesn't appear that the coaching change has altered Rosa's future plans.
“I wish nothing but the best for Coach Edsall,” Rosa said in a text message to the Herald/Press in September. “I enjoyed and am very thankful for the entire process he has given me throughout my recruitment. Taking this day by day to see what the new process is for us commits. No changes at all have happened for me!”
Rosa has been dominant for the Rams during their 3-1 start to the season. The senior most recently rushed for 323 yards against Farmington and scored five touchdowns in Central's 35-29 win.
A three-star recruit, Rosa committed as a wide receiver as the No. 2 prospect in the state and was offered by Boston College and Army, among others.
Despite an 0-6 record, Uconn is coming off two tight battles with Vanderbilt and Wyoming. Last week, the Commodores clipped the Huskies 30-28 before the Cowboys bested UConn 24-22 the week before.
The Huskies haven't finished with a winning record since 2010 when they went 8-5 as a member of the Big East.
Save for any future changes, Rosa will join UConn for the 2022 season in Storrs.
"I've been dreaming of this moment all my childhood growing up, and I want to go to the next level where I see myself seeing the field and doing what I do to help my team and I succeed," Rosa said in July.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.