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Report: Pat Narduzzi turns down offer to become UConn’s coach

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At least for now, Michigan State has kept its Broyles Award-winning coach in the fold.

Citing unnamed sources, FootballScoop.com is reporting that Pat Narduzzi has turned down an offer to become the next head coach at UConn.  The defensive coordinator’s decision reportedly came after a meeting with UConn athletic director Warde Manuel Wednesday morning.

Narduzzi had interviewed for the job as Paul Pasqualoni‘s permanent replacement earlier in the week, and was considered by some to be the front-runner for the job.  FootballScoop tweeted that “Manuel’s offer to Narduzzi was ‘aggressive’ for the [head coach] but not as robust for [assistants] as was hoped for.”

Dave Clawson, who was also reportedly a candidate, was named as Wake Forest’s head coach yesterday.  UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Ball State head coach Pete Lembo have also been mentioned in connection to the opening at some point during the search.

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15 Responses to “Report: Pat Narduzzi turns down offer to become UConn’s coach”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2013 2:38 PM

    Well he could do A LOT better than UConn…

  2. steakknives says: Dec 11, 2013 3:09 PM

    What happened to Houston Nutt? HA!

  3. lbijake says: Dec 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    UCONN should either put up or get out of Big Time Football (BCS).

  4. noaxetogrind says: Dec 11, 2013 3:34 PM

    Good for Narduzzi. He was smart enough to not be seduced by the opportunity to make some money knowing he wouldn’t be able to win since he couldn’t hire the staff he wanted. I am amazed at how shallow some AD’s are. They think they can just throw money at a HC and then expect him to turn it around without providing a competitive assistant coach’s salary pool.

  5. Deb says: Dec 11, 2013 3:41 PM

    Narduzzi, I believe Texas may be in the market.

  6. tdub821 says: Dec 11, 2013 3:48 PM

    He’s a little brother coach at an overrated couch burning program…seriously, who cares?

  7. tigers182 says: Dec 11, 2013 4:13 PM

    tdub821
    Dec 11, 2013, 3:48 PM EST
    He’s a little brother coach at an overrated couch burning program…seriously, who cares?
    ———————————————————
    So what did you learn in 2nd grade today little boy?

  8. tdub821 says: Dec 11, 2013 5:30 PM

    crickets…wind blowing…tumble weed rolling by…lol…is that best you can do?…lol

  9. tigers182 says: Dec 11, 2013 5:40 PM

    …. Coming from the boy who uses name calling insults that our grandparents used. Very clever.

  10. asimonetti88 says: Dec 11, 2013 5:42 PM

    Perhaps waiting out the Texas situation to see if they strike out on Saban.

  11. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 11, 2013 6:10 PM

    Notice the trend that many HC candidates really care about the assistant salaries- Miles, Bielema, etc. Coaches know that they have to pay to keep the assistants they need.

  12. dkhhuey says: Dec 11, 2013 7:06 PM

    Nice to see excellent coaches staying!!! They have built a very good program up and MSU and it shows! Plus the Buckeyes want another shot next year!!!

  13. tdub821 says: Dec 11, 2013 7:53 PM

    Crickets….

  14. indi0228 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:49 PM

    Poor little tdub. Probably roots for little sister in ann arbor. You know, the school that gets annual beat downs from big brothers MSU and OSU. SCum is nothing but a second rate program with a very fat coach.

  15. dcboltsfan says: Dec 11, 2013 10:14 PM

    I’ll put my prediction out there; He’ll be Nick Saban’s DC at Texas next year!
    #Hookemhorns

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