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Whipple emerging as front-runner for UConn job

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Lost amidst the Michigan coaching search and their ultimately futile pursuit of Les Miles, and the circus that was Pittsburgh’s attempt to replace Michael Haywood, is the fact that UConn is still in need of a replacement for Randy Edsall.

Based on one report, that hunt could be winding toward a surprising conclusion.

The Hartford Courant reports this afternoon that they are “hearing very strongly” that former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipplehas emerged as the leading candidate to replace” Edsall as the Huskies head coach.

Whipple has been on the periphery of the search since it came open — he told the Courant last week that “I’d be very interested. It’s a great place.” — but his sudden emergence as the front-runner is more than mildly surprising. ¬†The 53-year-year-old coach spent last season as the Hurricanes’ coordinator, and has been a head coach at the collegiate level at New Haven, Brown and UMass.

In addition to Whipple, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been mentioned heavily in connection to the opening. ¬†Bradley was expected to interview for the job, but that reportedly did not happen.It’s unclear whether Bradley pulled his name from the mix and allowed Whipple to become the perceived front-runner, or if Whipple became the front-runner and then Bradley dropped out.

A pair of former head coaches at BcS schools — Boston College’s Jeff Jagodzinski and Louisville’s Steve Kragthorpe — have also been mentioned as possibilities.

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4 Responses to “Whipple emerging as front-runner for UConn job”
  1. crazycane says: Jan 11, 2011 3:41 PM

    pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass run pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass pass run pass pass pass pass pass.

    Whipples Offense in a nut shell

  2. atxcane says: Jan 11, 2011 4:23 PM

    Whipple’s problem wasn’t that he passed too much (he actually had a 45/55 run/pass split I believe). It was that he broadcasted the play (run or pass). The team would line up in a power formation and inevitably run, then line up no-back and inevitably pass.

    The passing plays were also overly complex for the personnel. Half the interceptions were due to QB and WR incongruity in making route reads; i.e. the receiver would see the out open and break to the sideline while Harris would throw to the inside.

  3. mrcowpatty says: Jan 11, 2011 6:48 PM

    Mr. Whipple, isn’t that the toilet paper guy?

  4. swede700 says: Jan 11, 2011 9:52 PM

    Don’t squeeze the Husky.

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