University of Connecticut Head Football Coach Paul Pasqualoni is out. Pasqualoni is 0 and 4 on the season, with his latest loss the 41-to-12 defeat Saturday at the hands of the Buffalo Bulls.
WTIC’s Joe D’Ambrosio reports that Pasqualoni was informed of the move early Monday morning by Athletic Director Warde Manuel . Pasqualoni was hired by former Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway after former head coach Randy Edsall accepted the head coaching job at the University of Maryland.
In addition to Pasqualoni, associate head coach and offensive line head coach George DeLeone also was relieved of his responsibilities.
According to his contract, Pasqualoni will receive a three-quarter-million dollar payment from the University for what it termed “payment in full satisfaction of all financial obligations of his contract..”
Pasqualoni went 5-7 in each of his first two years at the helm of the UConn team, but the Huskies started the 2013 season with an embrassing loss at home against Towson, then two more losses to Edsall’s current team Maryland and to Michigan.
The optimism that rang from the Huskies’ performance against the Wolverines ended with their fourth loss at Buffalo Saturday.
UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said he made the change as the team approaches its season against other teams in the new AAC. ” 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.”
University President Susan Herbst said the public and the university community should remember “how incredibly proud we are of our student-athletes.” She called for Husky fans everywhere to support the team, pointing out how much the “amazing energy and highly-charged spirit” of fans made a difference in the game against Michigan at Rentschler.
A news conference is planned this afternoon at 4 to announce Pasqualoni’s replacement.