Hope has given way to desperation for fans who thought this was the year the Huskies got back to a bowl game. Instead, with three games remaining in the regular season, 3-9 is much more likely than 6-6.
Three weeks ago, anything was possible. UConn was 3-3 after a tough loss at Rutgers, but had Big East newbie Temple coming to Rentschler Field. The Huskies somehow lost that game in overtime and looking back, that was officially when the wheels fell off on the season. The team's now mired in a four-game losing streak and their last, best chance to win could come this Friday against Pitt. At 4-5, the Panthers have had a disappointing season but they also took No. 3 Notre Dame to triple-overtime last week.
After that, the Huskies face top-25 Louisville before hosting Cincinnati.
The biggest issue has been inconsistencies on offense, and the finger-pointing starts with offensive coordinator George DeLeone. Pasqualoni gave DeLeone a vote of confidence before the team's no-show effort against USF and now the task is more about keeping everyone's interest over the final few weeks.
"None of us are quitters. We're going to keep working," receiver Geremy Davis said Monday according to the Connecticut Post. "There are still three games left and a chance that we can get to where we want to be, so we have to keep working hard every week and, hopefully, we can accomplish those things and get some wins."
We applaud Davis' sentiments but it's going to take more than not quitting for the Huskies to compete. Quitting has never been an issue. It's been execution.
"I think they've really demonstrated and are doing a really good job of keeping their chins up," Pasqualoni said. "Of working to get better each day, working hard to improve and to correct things. The wins and losses don't indicate that. But they're fighting. They're working at being good.
"In this game, one of the things that you have to do is you have to persevere, keep your nose to the grindstone. You have to keep focusing on taking care of the little things because, my experience is, when you take care of those things and you finish things, the big things kind of take care of themselves. Do things with effort, with consistently and the yards will come, the touchdowns will come. I think they've taken that to heart and are working on it."
Which leads to the obvious question: if the players are doing all these things where are the results?