Connecticut has named Hank Hughes as its interim head coach while it seeks a replacement for Randy Edsall. Hughes has been UConn's assistant head coach for defense the last six seasons.

UConn athletic director Jeffrey Hathaway said Monday that Hughes is a loyal, long-term member of the coaching staff, making him the perfect choice to provide leadership in a time of transition.

Hughes joined the staff in 2001 from Memphis, where he was the defensive line coach. He is a 1979 graduate of Springfield College.

Edsall was introduced Monday as Maryland's football coach after a 12-year run at Connecticut. His last game was the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, when the Huskies lost to Oklahoma, 48-20.