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Bob Diaco to be the next UConn head football coach.

POSTED December 12, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: You have to admit, the last couple of days have been jammed packed with speculation, false starts and an on-line barrage of trying to guess which plane UConn Athletic Director Warde Manual was on.

Yes, you heard me, somebody was trying to figure out if a plane that left from the Eastern part of the State had the AD on it.

Four days after officially starting his search for a permanent head coach for the UConn Huskies football team, Warde Manual has apparently, according to multiple reports, gotten his man in Notre Dame defensive guru Bob Diaco.

On a day that saw one very popular name, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi apparently turn down the UConn job (details still need to come out on that one), the Huskies think they have found their man in Diaco.

What does he bring to the University of Connecticut?

The 40-year old New Jersey native won the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, the same award Narduzzi won on Monday.

His defense ranked second in the FBS in scoring in 2012, allowing just 12.77 points per game. This fall, the Fighting Irish posted a 8-4 record and are ranked # 32 in scoring defense and # 25 in total defense.

Match that up against the Huskies who ranked 86th and 92nd respectively in those same categories and it seems to be a good fit to go with a defensive coordinator.

Reports have the deal in the 5-year range, starting at $1.5 million per season.

What is not clear is what will now happen with interim head coach TJ Weist who took over for Paul Pasqualoni after a 0-4 start and posted an overall 3-5 record but won his last three and is credited with keeping the team engaged until the end.

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