UConn's season went from bad to worse Saturday with a demoralizing 41-12 defeat against Buffalo. It was the latest setback in a season full of them, and the Huskies head into their bye week looking for their first win, and they'll do it without Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired Monday.
It's not a complete surprise -- even if Pasqualoni claimed he wasn't worried about his job as recently as Sunday -- partly because he was 10-18 in two-plus seasons, but also because his termination came roughly 30 hours after USC pulled coach Lane Kiffin off the team bus to give him his walking papers -- literally.
Athletic director Warde Manuel, who admitted to be frustrated with the 2013 Huskies, said "We're changing now because we need different results."
In addition to Pasqualoni, associated head coach George DeLeone has also been relieved of his duties. First-year offensive coordinator T.J Weist will serve as interim coach.
"It's time to get back to work with energy, passion, enthusiasm," said Weist, who also conceded that he was open to playing freshman quarterback Tim Boyle. Junior Chandler Whitmer has struggled with consistency this season.
Weist will have two weeks to get UConn ready for conference play. As for Pasqualoni's full-time replacement, Manuel offered few details.
"At appropriate time we will talk about search, " he said. "Now is not the time to be making calls to coaches on other staffs."
Meanwhile, UConn president Susan Herbst issued this statement.
"A decision has been made and it's now time to move on to a stronger future that starts today," Herbst said.. "What cannot be lost here is how incredibly proud we are of our student-athletes. They are outstanding young men in the midst of a very tough season. Being a Division I athlete and a student is an enormous challenge, and we know how hard they are working and how deeply they care about succeeding for their university.
"What this team needs now as much as anything is the support of Husky fans everywhere. As we saw at our last home game, the amazing energy and highly-charged spirit of our fans breathes life into this team and that must continue and be repeated again and again. There is no substitute. Support from fans lifts players up and keeps a team going. It is essential to competing and achieving the levels of excellence we demand at UConn."