UConn AD Warde Manuel to “discuss the search for a new football coach” tomorrow at the Rent

Warde Manuel apparently isn’t wasting any time.
The UConn athletic director is going to host an 11 a.m. press conference at Rentschler Field on Saturday “to discuss the search for a new football coach” – according to a release by the university. The Huskies play their final game tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Memphis.
UConn, winners of two straight after a 0 and 9 start, are 2-9 overall, 2-5 in the American Athletic Conference. Head coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired after four disappointing losses to open the season and a two-plus season record of 10-18. His replacement, interim head coach T.J. Weist lost his first five games before beating Temple and Rutgers.
It will be interesting to see if Manuel relives Weist of his head coaching duties before or after the game – or if Manuel puts Weist in his list of candidates to interview for the full-time job. In any event, it seems inevitable that a nationwide search will take place over the next few weeks with the Huskies hopefully hiring a new head coach before the end of the month.
“I’m not sure. I don’t know,” Weist said earlier this week if he knew what Manuel’s hiring timetable might be. “I haven’t really paid attention to it. That’s Warde’s decision, it’s not for me to decide. Whatever his process is, he’ll follow through with that and when the season’s over with, they’ll make their decisions and go forward. I’m not going to focus on it or stress about it. That’s not going to change what we do. We’re just going to continue to focus on this team and try to get another victory and whatever happens, whatever decision they make, they make. It’s not for me to decide. There’s really been no timetable laid out for me or our staff.”
According to SBnation.com, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster will interview for the UConn head coaching job, although Foster recently tweeted that he has not been contacted by anyone. In addition, SB nation.com is also reporting that UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Ball State head coach Pete Lembo are also allegedly on Manuel’s short list of candidates.
Other names that have been previously reported include Towson head coach Rob Ambrose – who was the Huskies former OC and whose teams spanked the Huskies 33-18 in the season opener – former University of New Haven head coach Mark Whipple (who was strongly believed to be the next UConn coach before Pasqualoni was hired), Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown, Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson, and former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, who made news a month ago when he reportedly called some high school coaches in the state to allegedly check out the high school landscape and the skill level of players.