Rapid Reaction: Did Pasqualoni firing really have to wait until now?

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Paul Pasqualoni (AP)

Paul Pasqualoni (AP)

 

It was going to happen sooner or later, so Warde Manuel opted to do it now.

I’ve always liked the relationship analogy: If you’re dating someone, and you don’t see a future, then why prolong the break-up? You’re merely wasting your time.

You know what? UConn wasted precious football time. Paul Pasqualoni has set back a once promising football program. And this season, now at 0-4, can only be salvaged to the point of mediocrity.

After the disastrous loss to Towson, after that humiliation at Buffalo, it was clear that Paul Pasqualoni wasn’t the right guy to lead UConn into the future. But wasn’t it clear before that, too? Did this move really have to wait until midseason 2013?

Look, I’ve been hard on Pasqualoni these past few years, and I don’t mean to disrespect his work ethic or passion for the game. The guy has had a very nice career. I’m sure he worked his fannie off (as he would say) since he got to UConn. But, after two straight 5-7 years, no one honestly evaluating the situation could have said, “Yeah, Paul Pasqualoni is the right guy to take the program to new heights.”

Conference realignment is changing the future of college athletics. Football appears to be the driving force behind the shuffling, and the Huskies’ lackluster program has made it less appealing to the major conferences. There are only two ways to markedly improve: Join a power conference  (which is difficult to do with a so-so football team) or find a dynamite coach who can overcome weak league affiliation.

Paul Pasqualoni wasn’t that guy. We knew that last December.

There were reasons for giving him a third year — stability in recruiting, cost of buyout, etc. — but this was always destined to be a short-term thing. What if he went 7-5 this year? Would that have made him “the guy”? Doubt it. So wasn’t this just wasted time with a lame duck coach?

Anyway, Warde Manuel now has a few extra months to tab “the guy.” Last fall, the right guy for the basketball program essentially fell into Manuel’s lap. That won’t be the case this time.

This will be, without a shade of doubt, the biggest hire in Manuel’s career.

 

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4 Responses

  1. Fred says:

    It was a terrible hire from the get go. Doomed for failure. The game passed him by 15 years ago. Manuel should have done the right thing last December.

  2. Jack Porter says:

    Paul Pasqualoni was hired by an Athletic Director on his way out. He didn’t care in my opinion, who he hired as he wasn’t going to be here to deal with the situation. Just put a name in the position. Hopefully this AD (Warde Manuel) will name someone that can get UConn headed in the right direction instead of the road to nowhere Coach Pasqualoni had his team traveling. In closing let me be a bit facetious in thanking Jeff for his excellent choice of head coach for UConn Football.

  3. oldschoo says:

    i have much respect for coach p and coach deleone. both are great men who have had great coaching careers. both are no nonsense guys, who are very straight forward, honest, and loyal. with that being said i understand the deal. you can’t lose to towson and buffalo, but with that being said what established coach is going to take this job? no recruiting base; (face the facts there are not many difference makers coming out of ct hs football), not in a major conference, and an off campus facility. good luck in your search.

  4. Donnn says:

    Hiring him from the start was a terrible idea especially when conference realignments were going on, having him didn’t help Uconn as a football program be taken seriously. Hiring this guy hurt them SOO much….If they hired a better coach from the start, who knows, we may not be stuck to the AAC which no fan wants to see Uconn in.

    He ran Cuse into the ground, why would Uconn be ANY different?