Sunday, December 02, 2012

Pasqualoni focused on recruiting not on rumors

After Saturday's season-ending loss to Cincinnati and during Sunday's media conference call, UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni talked very much like somebody who is planning to return for a third season with the Huskies.

The loss left the Huskies with two straight 5-7 seasons and a second straight bowl-less season.

"In the past two years we have been in a lot of close games," Pasqualoni said. "There were, a few games where a touchdown or less decided the game, and we had a few of those games this year. A little thing here, a turnover here, a field position there, a missed kick here; so my outlook on it is that you are out there every game to play. It is always hard (with tough losses) to accept them. I always feel like we should have won that game, and I think the kids on the team feel that way too.

"We feel good about it. With one recruiting class, I think it takes more than that. You go back on the season just like you go back on last season, what costs you to lose is a bunch of little things. We have been in a lot of close games but we haven’t won the games that as a coach you would like to win."

Pasqualoni said that he would like to do the evaluations on the staff sooner rather than later to see if any changes will be made on the staff but his current focus is on recruiting.

"You get into the recruiting which we are into right now," Pasqualoni said. "We will be out on the road next week. I think from the football standpoint just from the nature of this is the contact portion of recruiting season, we will step back for just a few days to get back on top."

It will be interesting to see how this offseason shakes out. Every indication I have is that Pasqualoni will be back as the head coach. Whether AD Warde Manuel pushes Pasqualoni to shake things up on his offensive staff is something which bears watching as UConn finished tied for 109th among 120 FBS programs in total offense. Making matters worse was the sparse turnout for Saturday's game, a contest that the Huskies needed to win to become bowl eligible and also the last home game for the UConn seniors.

Pasqualoni said that the turnover issue is one that the staff needs to take a look at. UConn's quarterbacks threw 18 interceptions and lost another fumbles. He is also concerned about replacing graduating tight ends Ryan Griffin and John Delahunt and starting cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz

Pasqualoni said that moving Byron Jones from safety to corner is a possibility and other options since top reserve corners Taylor Mack and David Stevenson are just 5-9 and 5-8. Pasqualoni said he likes the young group of players, many of whom have yet to see the field. Among those he mentioned were defensive tackle Mykal Myers, linebackers Omaine Stephens and Graham Stewart, running backs Joe Williams, Max DeLorenzo and Jazzmar Clax, safety Ellis Marder, offensive linemen Tyler Samra and Richard Levy and defensive linemen Andreas Knappe and E.J. Norris among others with potential to step in.



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