Saturday, December 07, 2013

Looking at New Haven ties of potential UConn coaching candidates

The name of Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is picking up steam as a legitimate candidate to become the new head coach at UConn.

Pete Roussel, who runs the, posted on Twitter about 30 minutes ago the prediction that Narduzzi would become UConn's coach and he also cited a source in reporting that Narduzzi is expected to be interviewed by UConn AD Warde Manuel.

Narduzzi does have a tie to New Haven as he was born here. The deal is that his father Bill was Yale's defensive coordinator in 1966 when Pat was born. The elder Narduzzi spent seven seasons as the Yale defensive coordinator before heading to Kentucky and then a decade-long stint at the head coach at Youngstown State.

Another interesting angle on a potential coaching candidate involves Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson.

I was covering the Yale football team when Jack Siedlecki was let go. Before Yale hired former Stanford linebacker Tom Williams, Clawson's name emerged as a candidate but he accepted the job at Bowling Green before things got too serious between Yale and Clawson.

Here's an update: Roussel is reporting that Clawson is not in the running for the UConn job but is a candidate at Wake Forest and there have been multiple reports that UConn has requested an interview with Narduzzi.


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