Editorial: Parting with Pasqualoni was in the best interest of the university
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 22:10
UConn football hasn’t exactly had the greatest season this year. The program has yet to win a game and currently has losses to Towson, Maryland, Michigan and Buffalo. So, it should come as no surprise that the biggest story at UConn this week was the firing of head football coach Paul Pasqualoni. UConn let Pasqualoni go just four games into his third season with the team. The Towson and Buffalo losses were likely what did Pasqualoni in, given Towson’s status as an FCS school and the ugly performance in the 41-12 loss against Buffalo. Following his departure the university has named offensive coordinator T.J. Weist as the interim head coach.
The decision to let Pasqualoni go is in the best interest of the university. It has become clear in these past seasons that Pasqualoni’s coaching has brought little improvement. He led the team to back-to-back 5-7 seasons in his first two seasons and is winless this season. His 10-18 overall record speaks for itself and there aren’t any indications that it was going to get better. Pasqualoni likely would have been fired at the end of the season anyway, so it was better to have gotten rid of him now than to wait.
Firing Pasqualoni now has other benefits. As part of the five year, $8.5 million contract that he signed in 2011, the university had the option to buy him out of his contract. Pasqualoni received $750,000 in his buyout. Had the university waited longer to fire him, they may have owed Pasqualoni $1 million. Having a coach without a winning record would not have helped with recruitment, which will be important for UConn moving forward. Making the decision now also allows the university to start looking for a new coach, assuming interim coach Weist doesn’t end up with the head coaching position.
The University’s decisions show that it is ready to turn over a new leaf with the football program. Now it is a matter of waiting and seeing how the program progresses from here.