Mailbag Dec.6: Support For Coach Weist, Staff, Players

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Q:  As a longtime fan and season ticket holder I want to thank and commend Coach Weist for the job he’s done this year.  From a fans perspective he’s taken pride in the University of Connecticut, the football program and the players.  In the face of this long difficult season, he’s kept his head high and remained optimistic using the challenges and difficulties as teaching opportunities.  He’s been an example of what it means to walk the walk.  It’s much easier said than done and I think he should be recognized for it.  It speaks volumes the way the players have continued to fight and have never given up on such a tough season.  Although there have not been many Wins in the win-loss column, he’s taught the players a lot about life and how to overcome.  A much bigger win if you ask me.  I think Coach Weist needs to be recognized for his leadership and the fortitude he’s shown while in a very difficult year.  He could have easily packed it up weeks ago and passed blamed for the situation he was in. Instead, he’s remained committed to the players and the university.  I think we’re lucky to have an interim that has taught and led in the manner which he has.  Keep in mind that doesn’t have ties to the area or University and could have justifiably pointed some fingers and moved on.  For the manner in which he’s carried himself and the players through the year I believe he deserves to be included in the search for the next head coach.  Wherever he ends up next year that football program and school will have a good leader and coach on their staff. Thank you to Coach Weist, the staff and all the players for all your hard work and sacrifice in 2013!  It’s been one heck of a year!  Nothing but the best to you all! – Dave H., CT

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