Silver Lining in UConn Loss


There's not much to like about UConn's season-opening loss to FCS Towson. It was embarrassing on any number of levels -- but it could've been worse. Of the seven upsets last week in which an FCS school traveled to beat an FBS school, the Huskies' loss wasn't that bad, relatively speaking.

UConn paid Towson $275,000 to show up at Rentschler Field in what was supposed to be a home-team rout. Turns out, that was the second lowest payout of all the FBS losers. Details via

The other FBS teams to lose were the No. 25 Oregon State Beavers (49-45 to Eastern Washington), Kansas State Wildcats (24-21 to North Dakota State), South Florida (53-21 to McNeese State), San Diego State (40-19 to Eastern Illinois), Iowa State Cyclones (28-20 to Northern Iowa) and South Alabama (22-21 to Southern Utah).

Eastern Washington was paid the most as they got $450,000 to beat Oregon State. Southern Utah received the least amount of money as they got $225,000 to beat South Alabama.

McNeese State made out like bandits ($400,000) in ruining Willie Taggart's debut at USF. The two-time defending FCS Champions North Dakota State got $350,000 to beat Kansas State. Northern Iowa also made $350,000 to beat Iowa State while Eastern Illinois received $325,000 to beat San Diego State. adds that these payouts to FCS schools help pay most of their coach's salaries for the season. So if you're a glass-half-full type, the Huskies' fiscal generosity can't be overstated. Unfortunately, it could come at the expense of coach Paul Pasqualoni's job if things don't change in a hurry.

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