Athletic director Warde Manuel said he’s looking for a new football coach who can bring more excitement, passion and — above all — wins to Connecticut.
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, finishes 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 hosting South Florida on Oct. 12.
Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist, whose fiery style is a contrast to the laid-back Pasqualoni, will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The 48-year-old Weist, who played at Alabama, came to Connecticut in the offseason from Cincinnati, where he coached wide receivers.
Weist also has worked at his alma mater, Michigan, Southern Illinois, Tulsa and Western Kentucky.
Manuel said Weist would have to show he can win to have “any shot” at becoming the team’s permanent coach.
Florida: Defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, will enter the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound senior from Staten Island, N.Y., could apply for a medical redshirt and receive another year of college eligibility. But coach Will Muschamp said Easley “is definitely going to the NFL next year.”
Easley finished his college career with 72 tackles, including 18 for loss, and 5½ sacks.