Former SU Head Coach, Pasqualoni, Takes UConn Job

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Paul Pasqualoni: UConn's Official Announcement

Just posted at is the school's official announcement of the hiring of former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

"We are very proud to welcome Paul Pasqualoni to the UConn family and also bring him back home to his native Connecticut," said University of Connecticut Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. "Paul brings an outstanding coaching background to UConn on the collegiate, professional and high school level. He also is a man of strong character and integrity and we look forward to him developing our football student-athletes in the classroom, on the field and as part of the community."


Paul Pasqualoni: Details About Hiring

According to the Boston Globe's Mark Blaudschun:

"After looking at all the angles--pros and cons--University of Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway chose experience as a Big East head coach and at the FBS level as the deciding factor in choosing to hire former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni over former University of Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple."

"Pasqualoni also had stronger UConn routes than Whipple and received an endorsement from the Connecticut High School Coaches over the weekend which boosted his standing with Hathaway who conducted a quick, but intense search for a new coach after former UConn coach Randy Edsall resigned on January 2nd to take the job at the University of Maryland."

The UConn Blog wants to be optimistic about the hire.

"Nevertheless, my really, really, really, really early impression," wrote Kevin Meacham on Thursday night. "I'm cautiously optimistic about this hire. The fact is the Orange under Pasqualoni were an annual Big East contender back when the conference was home to more than 0.5 ranked teams in a given year. So there you have it, folks. At the very least, the game against Syracuse should be fairly interesting next year."

Interesting? Just interesting? This takes things to a whole new level of interesting.

Not only did the Huskies knock Syracuse out of a BCS bowl berth this season, they now go and hire SU's old head coach, who arguably helped produced some of the most successful seasons in the programs history?

That is sorta like having your high school arch rival propose to your ex-fiance. That's double levels of hatred going on there!

Wow. That's all I need to say.

What are your thoughts? Opinions?


Big East Football: Paul Pasqualoni Hired As UConn Head Coach

The Syracuse Orange officially have their biggest rival in the Big East Conference for the 2011-12 season.

In the most bizarre afternoon in Connecticut Huskies football history, the school decided on its new head coach Wednesday. And it's not Mark Whipple.

It's former Syracuse University head coach Paul Pasqualoni!

"Once thought to be a certain hire, former UMass and UNH coach Mark Whipple is out," wrote Neill Ostrout of "Interim coach Hank Hughes, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee were also in the mix"

"But it’s Pasqualoni, the 61-year-old former Syracuse coach, who will guide the Huskies know."

This turn of events has Sean Keeley of SB Nation's Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician excited.

"As a Syracuse fan, excuse me for saying "Wow" out loud as I read the news. And as a Syracuse fan, this news EXCITES THE PANTS OFF OF ME."

Pasqualoni, who has been floating around the NFL as an assistant coach since being dismissed from SU in 2004, has been in the rumor mill for the UConn job but never stood out among the other candidates.

(Archived article: Why Syracuse Had To Fire Coach Pasqualoni.)

As of this morning, Whipple was by far the front runner for the job -- this was a blog post from SB Nation's The UConn Blog this morning.

That's not the case now.

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