Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel says he’s looking for a football coach who can bring more excitement, passion, and above all wins to UConn.
Manuel fired coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, with his team 0-4 and coming off a 41-12 loss at Buffalo.
Pasqualoni, in his third season at UConn, finished with a 10-18 record. Associate head coach George DeLeone, who coached the offensive line, also was let go.
“I’m changing now because we have to have different leadership to get different results,” Manuel said. “I’m not comfortable with losing.”
The school said it will pay Pasqualoni $750,000 to buy out his contract.
The Huskies are off this week before playing host to South Florida on Oct. 12.
Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist, whose energetic style is a contrast to the more reserved Pasqualoni, will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
SABAN DENIES SPYING
Alabama coach Nick Saban says any concerns about the role of staffer Tyler Siskey during the Mississippi game is much ado about nothing.
Television cameras showed Siskey in the coaches box watching through binoculars. That prompted some Rebels fans to complain on message boards and social media that he was spying.
Siskey is the associate director for player personnel and worked under coach Hugh Freeze at Mississippi last season and before that at Arkansas State.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide won the game 25-0 and 24th-ranked Ole Miss’ normally high-powered offense was shut out for the first time since 1998.
EX-TEXAS QB STREET DIES
Small, tough and determined, James Street for nearly 40 years was the standard of excellence that all Texas quarterbacks were measured by.
A backup who took over the Texas wishbone offense in 1968 and led the Longhorns to the 1969 national title, Street won 20 straight games, including the 15-14 victory over Arkansas in 1969 dubbed the “Game of the Century” followed by a season-capping Cotton Bowl win against Notre Dame. Texas wouldn’t win another national title until Vince Young led the Longhorns to the 2005 season championship.
Street died early Monday at the age of 65, according to Serena Fitchard, a spokeswoman at the James Street Group financial and legal services company in Austin, Texas, that bears his name. A cause of death was not immediately available.
One of his children is San Diego Padres relief pitcher Huston Street.
MULTIPLE TITLE-GAME BIDS
Organizers for the College Football Playoff say they have received four bids to host the 2016 national championship game and six to host the 2017 game.
Groups from Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., have submitted bids for both games.
The other groups include: Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium) and New Orleans (Superdome) for 2016 and Northern California Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium); Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium); San Antonio (Alamodome); and South Florida (Sun Life Stadium) for 2017.
Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last week, will enter the NFL draft. … Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms, is expected to play on Oct. 12 against Virginia Tech. … Texas coach Mack Brown said he was disappointed former Longhorns Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell said he should be replaced.