Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pasqualoni needed to make switch at OC

Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone go back more than a few years and are extremely close friends. I am sure the decision to strip offensive play calling duties from DeLeone was not an easy call for him to make.

UConn was so dreadful and predictable on offense in the last two years that Pasqualoni simply needed to make a change. In DeLeone's first season calling plays, the Huskies were 108th out of 120 FBS teams in total offense and 97th in rushing offense. During the 2012 season things got even worse as the Huskies were 110th in total offense and 117th in rushing offense.

DeLeone will remain on the staff and was actually given the title of associate head coach. He will continue to work with the offensive line. The good news is that UConn returns five or six offensive linemen who started games in 2012 (or at least I think it is good news but considering how much the Huskies struggled on the line at times last season I'll reserve judgment on that).

DeLeone can remain involved in the recruiting process and his ability to recruit in Connecticut is even more important now that Steve Addazio has taken over the program at Boston College. Addazio did a remarkable job landing Connecticut prospects when he was an assistant coach at Florida and he figures to go head to head with the Huskies for top Nutmeg State players in the coming years.

There have been multiple reports that former Cincinnati receivers coach T.J. Weist will get the offensive coordinator gig for the Huskies. Weist called the plays for the Bearcats in last month's Belk Bowl and the Bearcats did have 554 yards of offense in the win over Duke with a nice balance with 25 passing attempts and 28 running plays in the game.


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