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UConn hires Paul Pasqualoni over Mark Whipple

Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Earlier, we reported that there were strong indications that Connecticut was looking to hire ex-Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple as its new head coach. And while Whipple did end up being one of the finalists for the job vacated by Randy Edsall two weeks ago, the Boston Globe reported today that UConn has hired former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni instead.

Pasqualoni, 61, compiled a 107-59-1 record at Syracuse from 1991 to his firing in 2004, and while those numbers are fine -- winning 100 games at the I-A level is no trivial feat -- TNIAAM rightly notes that the program diminished in quality under him; two of Pasqualoni's 10-win seasons came in his first two seasons with the team, and his only three non-winning seasons were his last three. Since his firing, Pasqualoni has been an assistant in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys , then the Miami Dolphins , then the Cowboys again (briefly) this season.

What this means for Whipple is unclear, other than that he won't be on the sidelines at Connecticut this season; he was not retained by new Miami coach Al Golden after Randy Shannon was fired, so it's not as if Whipple's still got a job to come home to. Whipple was a successful head coach at Massachusetts and other smaller programs, and he has assistant experience both at Miami and in the NFL. His skill set is still impressive, and at 53, he's got plenty of miles left on him. It's just up to him to convince a new team that his Hurricanes' offensive struggles were aberrations and not indications of larger strategic shortcomings in Whipple's game-planning.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:40 am
 

UConn hires Paul Pasqualoni over Mark Whipple

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Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:01 am
 

UConn hires Paul Pasqualoni over Mark Whipple

There is a lot of whining and criticism about this hire, but those who are will be proven wrong.  Syracuse made a mistake firing him after a few mediocre years.  Pasqualoni can recruit: Connecticut has the foundation now and he will raise the talent level and the Huskies will be a consistent player in the Big East race.  And he'll make sure the offense gets alot more exciting by hiring the right guy to run it



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:59 pm
 

UConn hires Paul Pasqualoni over Mark Whipple

I think you mean 1991 to 2004...


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