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Paul Pasqualoni fired as UConn’s coach

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One day after USC decided to make a change on the sidelines, a school on the other side of the country has done the same.

Confirming speculation that began bubbling just a short time ago, UConn announced in a press release that Paul Pasqualoni has been relieved of his duties as head football coach.

At a press conference scheduled to be held at four p.m. ET today, the school will announce an interim head coach.  One person that won’t be is George DeLeone, who the school simultaneously confirmed has been “has been relieved of his responsibilities” as associate head coach and offensive line coach.

“I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program,” said athletic director Warde Manuel in a statement. “I am disappointed in the record of our team thus far, but I am confident that our coaching staff and student-athletes will continue to work hard to improve and that will be reflected on the field of play as we start our American Athletic Conference season.”

As part of his dismissal, the school announced, Pasqualoni will receive a $750,000 buyout.

The firing ends Pasqualoni’s decidedly unsuccessful two-year-plus run with the Huskies.

After replacing Randy Edsall in 2011, Pasqualoni won five games in each of his first two seasons.  The Huskies were off to an 0-4 start in 2013, including an embarrassing 41-12 loss to Buffalo this past Saturday.  In the season opener, UConn was suffered a 15-point home loss to FCS-level Towson.

The move also comes a little over a week after UConn nearly upset Michigan in Storrs.

UPDATED 11:42 a.m. ET:  UConn released a statement from university president Susan Herbst in regards to Pasqualoni’s firing.

“A decision has been made and it’s now time to move on to a stronger future that starts today. What cannot be lost here is how incredibly proud we are of our student-athletes. They are outstanding young men in the midst of a very tough season. Being a Division I athlete and a student is an enormous challenge, and we know how hard they are working and how deeply they care about succeeding for their university.   

“What this team needs now as much as anything is the support of Husky fans everywhere. As we saw at our last home game, the amazing energy and highly-charged spirit of our fans breathes life into this team and that must continue and be repeated again and again. There is no substitute. Support from fans lifts players up and keeps a team going. It is essential to competing and achieving the levels of excellence we demand at UConn.”

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14 Responses to “Paul Pasqualoni fired as UConn’s coach”
  1. mdac1012 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:23 AM

    Pasqualoni was a good coach but the current college game has changed a lot since he last coached at Syracuse in 2004 and it seemed to pass him by a bit. I also think he overestimated his ability to recruit to UConn.

  2. thegamecocker says: Sep 30, 2013 10:26 AM

    I’m disappointed in Coach Pasqualoni’s performance at UCONN as I thought he was perfect to replace Edsall. Unfortunately, I was wrong and my judgment flawed on this one. It appears UCONN is between a “rock and a hard place”. The American Athletic Conference will become weaker with Rutgers and Louisville departing. This conference will not receive a AQ status after this season which means UCONN athletics will probably continue to head south. The question is, what did UCONN do to not receive a invitation to join a major conference? There is all kind of speculation ranging from Jim Calhoun and Gino Auriemma being perceived as arrogant SOB’s…..to an elitist fan base who believe UCONN is superior to other major state universities. Unless they are invited to another conference such as the ACC, UCONN will suffer athletically and their popularity as a school will decline….in another words, applications will decrease. They should have been able to garner an ACC invite ahead of Louisville which is not as strong academically as UCONN. But, life isn’t fair…..

  3. normtide says: Sep 30, 2013 10:29 AM

    The end of this story kinda leaves ya hanging

  4. John Taylor says: Sep 30, 2013 10:31 AM

    @ normtide: I have no idea to what you’re referring, sir…
    ;-)

  5. normtide says: Sep 30, 2013 10:36 AM

    Well played. Keep up good work.

    You know, three best thing about it,

  6. clavette says: Sep 30, 2013 10:37 AM

    Good riddance. This was a terrible hire from the start by the former AD of uconn that was the reason edsall left.

    Hiring a 70 something year old to coach was a terrible terrible mistake. The game passed him by a long time ago. Uconn needs to get a young coach that can recruit players. Pretty bad when the best qb to play at uconn was dan orlovsky

  7. themightyquinn1 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:03 AM

    Pasqualoni was not the problem, although his one mistake was to accept the offer to become UConn’s head football coach.

    Sadly, this developing Div I program will loose 5 years with his hire, fire and now, reload. Jeff Hathaway owns this big mistake. From the outset, the hiring was most surprising. This mediocre-record old-school head coach lived up to his true expectations.

    0-for-2, Jeff – the embarassing Edsell departure and the ‘settle for a lot less’ hiring of Coach P. No wonder you headed out of town under the cover of darkness.

  8. dhardy8207 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:29 AM

    Well they say that bad things happen in 3s..

    Lane Kiffin, this poor chap, and lets see who could get the 3rd ax yet to fall…

  9. thegamecocker says: Sep 30, 2013 11:39 AM

    @themightyquinn1

    I think he did have some terrific seasons at Syracuse. His hiring at the time was controversial for sure, but UCONN could have done alot worse. If I were UCONN why not go back to Holtz who built the program in the first place? He’s at La. Tech and I have to believe UCONN is a more attractive and better paying job…..

  10. 13datsyuk13 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:57 AM

    Link Saban to this opening also?

  11. cubano76 says: Sep 30, 2013 8:59 PM

    When he was hired, Jeff Hathaway stated that a big factor into the hire was the fact that the Connecticut HS Football Coaches Association had given Coach P their highest recommendation. How’d that work out for you all?

  12. normtide says: Sep 30, 2013 9:03 PM

    So…. He had an inside track for those three recruits that the state had to offer. Seems legit.

    Sorry, I apologize in advance. On Sep 30, 2013 7:59 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > cubano76 commented: “When he was hired, Jeff Hathaway stated that a big > factor into the hire was the fact that the Connecticut HS Football Coaches > Association had given Coach P their highest recommendation. How’d that work > out for you all?”

  13. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Oct 1, 2013 5:35 AM

    Gee didn’t see this one coming.

    And why would Holtz leave the fertile recruiting of Louisiana for Connecticut? I’d take the SEC leftovers all day long then the stagnate Northeast.

  14. thegamecocker says: Oct 1, 2013 8:55 AM

    @fahmun……

    If someone doesn’t reach out to Holtz, we will never know whether he is interested or not. The facilities and stadium at UCONN are wonderful. The Admin and fans have respect for Holtz and he was the architect of the program…..like they say in sales: “you don’t ask, you don’t GET.” So ask…..

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