BREAKING: UConn fires Paul Pasqualoni
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 15:09
The Paul Pasqualoni era in Storrs has come to an end.
UConn has fired the head football coach after an 0-4 start to the 2013 season, according to a release from the school. The news was first reported by Desmond Conner of The Hartford Courant.
UConn officials and The Courant are reporting that offensive line coach George DeLeone has alsobeen fired.
Per the university, Pasqualoni will receive $750,000 to fulfill contractual obligations.
“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,” UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in the 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.”
Pasqualoni replaced Maryland-bound Randy Edsall in 2011, following the Huskies' trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Compiling an overall record of 10-28, Pasqualoni led UConn to two straight 5-7 seasons. The Huskies’ 0-4 start in 2013 is the program’s worst start since 1991.
“A decision has been made and it’s now time to move on to a stronger future that starts today," President Susan Herbst said in a statement. "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.”
UConn will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. to announce that T.J. Weist will fill the role of interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
“I am very pleased to elevate T.J. to our interim head coaching position,” said Manuel. “T.J. will bring energy and enthusiasm to our football team as we embark on our American Athletic Conference schedule. T.J. will provide stability to our football student-athletes during this time of transition and will also effectively oversee all elements of our football program including game preparation, classroom success and recruiting.”
Weist, former wide receivers coach at Cincinnati, was hired prior to the start of the start of this season as the Huskies offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.