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Weist Not Looking Ahead



    It took two and a half months but the Huskies finally figured out how to win. Now, with two victories in a row, there's just one game left in the season. It's Senior Day at Rentschler Field Saturday when Memphis comes to town. And whatever happens, athletics director Warde Manuel will have plenty of decisions to make in the coming months. Chief among them: Is T.J. Weist, who filled in for fired coach Paul Pasqualoni on an interim basis in September, the long-term answer?

    Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Weist admitted it was the farthest thing from his mind right now.

    "Not sure, don't know," he said, via the Hartford Courant. "Haven't really paid attention to it. That's [Manuel's] decision. ... I'm not going to focus on it; our staff is not going to focus on it. Really, there's been no timetable laid out for me or my staff."

    What Weist will focus on, however, is getting UConn it's third win of the season, which would put them at 3-9 on the year, two games worse than their previous marks of 5-7 in 2011 and 2012, Pasqualoni's first two years on the job.

    "It's unbelievably critical to send these guys off," Weist said. "This senior class has been through some ups and downs, they've been through two tough losing seasons the last two years coming off 2010 being the best season in the history of the program and then going through what they've been through this season with the coaching change, the emotional aspect of it, now fighting back to having some success. We want to finish it right for them."

    And that starts with redshirt freshman Casey Cochran, who has been under center the last three games and has gone 2-1 in that time. Incidentally, there were rumors that he might be leaving Storrs but Cochran categorically denied them Tuesday.

    "It's not even a question, there's no doubt in my mind that I'm staying here," said Cochran, via the Courant. "This is my home. It's my home state. I take a lot of pride in staying here, especially for this team, my teammates and our fans. It doesn't matter what coach comes in, what the circumstances are. This state has a lot of pride in [UConn]. It's been lost, maybe the past few years, especially with this football program. We need to be able to build that back up and I'm excited to be one of those guys and be part of this team that's going to try and do that."

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