Well, at least UConn waited until after Christmas Day to ruin the holiday season for Bob Diaco. The school announced this morning Diaco has been relieved of his head coaching responsibilities in Storrs, effective January 2.
“I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build long-term success,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said in a released statement. “I am grateful to Coach Diaco and his staff for their hard work and the integrity with which they ran the program and certainly wish them future success.”
Diaco, a former Notre Dame defensive coordinator, was hired by UConn following the 2013 season. In three seasons, Diaco’s Huskies went 11-26, including a 3-9 mark this past season. Diaco also caught heat for manufacturing a rivalry and trophy game series with UCF, without UCF knowing a thing about it.
The UConn vacancy is a late addition to the coaching carousel this season, but it is one worth keeping an eye on.namesf the popular names already floating around the rumor mill is Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, a former Fordham head coach. The timing feels weird for a coach firing too, which might suggest UConn already has a replacement ready to step in. Whether that would be Moorhead or not remains to be seen as of now.