ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Former Maryland coach Randy Edsall is joining the Detroit Lions as a director of football research.

The Lions announced the hiring Sunday.

Edsall was fired in October, in the middle of his fifth season with the Terrapins. He went 22-34 after taking over in 2011.

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Before that, Edsall was the coach at Connecticut from 1999-2010.

Edsall coached in the NFL from 1994-97 as an assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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