UConn fires Paul Pasqualoni

Paul Pasqualoni started 0-4 after losing records in his first two UConn seasons. (USATSI)
Paul Pasqualoni started 0-4 after losing records in his first two UConn seasons. (USATSI)


UConn takes USC's lead and wastes no time moving on from its football coach.

Paul Pasqualoni is fired after an 0-4 start and less than two-and-a-half seasons on the job, UConn spokesman Mike Enright confirms to CBSSports.com. The Hartford Courant first reported the news.

UConn will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. to announce the Pasqualoni firing and name an interim coach. The decision was finalized Monday morning.

The ugly 41-12 loss to Buffalo on Saturday did in Pasqualoni, who won five games in each of his first two seasons and lost the 2013 season opener to Towson.

Pasqualoni was hired following Randy Edsall's departure for Maryland at the end of the 2010 season, one that ended with a share of the Big East title and a Fiesta Bowl berth. He leaves the program with a 10-18 overall record.

The long-time Syracuse head coach also has NFL experience as a Dolphins defensive coordinator in 2008-09.

The Courant reported that associate head coach and offensive line coach George DeLeone had been fired as well.

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