What’s goin on?
That’s what I’m hearing. Although I’m not sure in what capacity. I’m hearing offensive line.
I’m also hearing the reason is because DeLeone is close to being vested in retirement at the next level and that, more than anything, is at the center of the move,
I spoke with UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni a short time ago and asked him about it. He was non-committal today but you could hear what he was saying and you should be able to read it, too:
“There’s no information or anything on that,” Pasqualoni said. “…my only comment to you is that at this time of year, you know what time of year this is, so, you know. There’s a lot in regards to coaches and movement, around this time of year there’s a lot of speculation on a lot of things.”
So will he back next year or…?
“Well right now I anticipate the staff I have being back right now – but you know this. This is the time of year where we’ve already lost two guys [defensive coordinator Don Brown [Boston College] and special teams/running backs coach Clayton White [N.C. State]…you know what time of year it is.”
Yes, it’s the time of year where coaches come and go regularly.
Speaking of those two coaches the Huskies will have to replace, likely three for now…
“Those guys were really good guys here,” Pasqualoni said of Brown and White. “They did an excellent job for us. We’re appreciative and we wish them well. We appreciate all the hard work and the hours, the blood sweat and tears they put into it.
“I’ve been at this a long time and over the years and each year opportunities come for guys on the staff. In this case Clayton went back to the school he played at, he’s from there. His wife is from there. Don was the head coach at Northeastern and UMass. His family is up there and closer. He’s got grandchildren now so, as these things come around there’s opportunity. I anticipate every year if you have good coaches and guys are working and what you’re doing in the program is really respected that there will be people who are going to look at coaches. That’s something that’s happened to me over the years quite often.”
On filling the positions: “With the bowl season ending, the first phase of it with coaches moving and coaches changing jobs and opportunities coming, to me, is phase one of it. With the bowl season ending and pro football season coming to an end, for the next couple of weeks, this is kind of the next part of it. It’s just being aware of what’s going on, what your needs are and who might be out there you might talk to or you might bump into. All those things are a work in progress and this is not time right now to be speculating or commenting because we’re not there yet.”
How has the interest been in the openings you have?
“I would say there’s a lot of interest…a lot of interest. I’d like to have them filled as soon as possible. As soon as the stars line up you’d like to get it done.”
Pasqualoni said he’s been talking to coaches about the vacancies (obviously wouldn’t mention any names).
“Constantly, in recruiting you’re taking calls, and you’re taking calls from coaches who have interest, so you’re doing all of that over the course of the day.”