It's no secret that 2013 will be a make-or-break season for UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni. He's entering his third year on the job and his first two seasons can best be described as … disappointing. There was speculation that he might not survive back-to-back 5-7 records but athletic director Warde Manuel said in December that "Paul is the leader of the team" while also acknowledging that he's looking for a bowl berth next season.
Put it all together and it's fair to say that Pasqualoni is on the ol' hot seat. Big East ESPN blogger Andrea Adelson addressed just that Thursday.
"If there's one coach on the hot seat in the soon-to-be-renamed Big East it would be UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni," Adelson said. "The Huskies have not made it back to a bowl game since their surprising BCS berth in the Fiesta Bowl in the 2010 season.
"Pasqualoni has gone 5-7 in consecutive seasons, he's completely rehauled his coaching staff with new offensive and defensive coordinators. There's no question that the time is now for UConn to be able to get back to a bowl game. We're talking about a program that had made four straight bowl appearances before Pasqualoni arrived. They haven't gotten into the postseason during his time there, and I think UConn fans are ancy to get back on the winning track, back to a bowl game."
Pasqualoni also faces the added pressure of winning not just to keep his job, but to make UConn a more attractive option as part of the ongoing conference reshuffling game. If a bowl berth improves the Huskies' chances of jumping ship to, say, the ACC, then it's on Pasqualoni to make that happen.