Bob Diaco out at UConn.
STORRS: A day after Christmas surprise out of Storrs on this Monday as the University of Connecticut relieved head football coach Bob Diaco of his duties after a three-year stint at the helm in which he posted a 11-26 overall record.
Huskies Athletic Director David Benedict decided it was time to pull the plug after the team struggled, on both sides of the ball but especially on the offensive side of the ball where they were the worst performing offense in the nation averaging just 14.8 points per game.
“I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build long-term success,” Benedict said. “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 will be off the job as of January 2, 2017, and will receive a buy-out of 3.4 million and comes at a time that the fan base was clearly not responding to a program that didn’t give them much to get excited about.
"I know this may come as a surprise to our fans and supporters given the timing of this decision," athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. "However, it became apparent to me that a change in program direction is necessary at this time."
Diaco, who came to UConn from Notre Dame with much fan-fare, was simply never able to get the mix right, changing offensive coordinators mid-season this year in an attempt to jump start the offense but it just never seemed to work.
"This is obviously not the way I had hoped things would turn out, but I appreciate having had the opportunity to be here at UConn," Diaco said in a statement. "I thank the administration, staff and fans of the UConn football program for their passion and support over these three years. Most importantly, I want to say how much I love the players on this team and will be rooting for their success. I know that there are great things to come for all of them."
It's always been clear that football drives the train in college athletics, especially when it comes to funding and a near empty Rentschler Field was a clear signal that the team was not sparking any interest from their fan base.