UConn fires coach Paul Pasqualoni following loss to Buffalo

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Photo: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, the second college football coach was fired as a result of this past weekend’s games. USC parted ways with Lane Kiffin following the Trojans’ big loss to Arizona State. Now UConn has followed suit, firing Paul Pasqualoni after a blowout loss to lowly Buffalo.

The Huskies opened the year with a bad, 33-18 loss to FCS-level Towson. The game set a poor tone for the year and Pasqualoni’s squad never recovered. Interestingly enough, the team’s closest game came against Michigan in Week 4, as the Wolverines needed a late score to win, 24-21.

Unfortunately, Pasqualoni could not turn a moral victory into a win later on. His UConn team headed over to Buffalo and got absolutely crushed, 41-12.

Pasqualoni was the longtime coach of the Syracuse Orange. He was the program’s leader from 1991 through 2004, compiling an all-time record of 107-59-1 and winning six bowl games.

He worked as an assistant coach in the NFL from 2005-2010 before accepting the leading role at UConn in 2011.

Pasqualoni was never able to get going at the helm, however. The Huskies finished at 5-7 in both 2011 and 2012 in the Big East and only got worse in the program’s first year in the American Athletic Conference, starting 0-4.

The athletic department will reportedly name an interim coach later on Monday.

*Update* 10:27 a.m.

Athletic director Warde Manuel has released a statement on the firing of Pasqualoni, as well as associate head coach and offensive line coach George DeLeone.

“I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program,” Manuel said. “I am disappointed in the record of our team thus far, but I am confident that our coaching staff and student-athletes will continue to work hard to improve and that will be reflected on the field of play as we start our American Athletic Conference season.”