Pasqualoni still UConn coach … but changes are likely coming

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Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni reacts during his team's 10-7 loss to North Carolina State in their NCAA college football game in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni reacts during his team’s 10-7 loss to North Carolina State in their NCAA college football game in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

UConn head football coach Paul Pasqualoni still has his job — for now — but over the next two weeks as the team prepares to play South Florida, changes are definitely coming.

They may be on the two-deep roster, they may even be on the coaching staff, but wherever they come from, they are coming.

“We’re evaluating,” Pasqualoni said Sunday in his post-game conference call with the media. “We haven’t had that discussion (about changes) … I want to get through every piece of that (Buffalo) game. We, as a staff, are in the evaluation process.”

When asked if Pasqualoni was considering staff changes, his response was a quick “no.”

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming.

With USC (3-2) firing Lane Kiffin just hours after the Trojans 62-41 loss to Arizona State Saturday night, there were thoughts that Huskies athletic director Warde Manuel might pull the trigger on Pasqualoni, especially when UConn fell to 0-4 after a 41-12 loss at the hands of Buffalo – a team the Huskies had beaten eight straight times dating back to 2001.

But Pasqualoni continues to be the head coach. He also knows that his job could be hanging by the thinnest of threads.

“I understand the nature of this game,” he said Sunday. “I understand the nature of fans, people … everyone has their opinion and they’re free to express their opinion but that doesn’t discourage me. I understand it’s part of it. I’ve been in this (game) for a long time, so it all goes with the territory. It’s my job to do the best I can here with the personnel we have and try to move the program forward. That’s my job and that’s what I’m going to do. It doesn’t really discourage me.”

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