What’s goin on?
UConn athletic director Warde Manuel confirmed head football coach Paul Pasqualoni will return for a third season. I spoke with Manuel by phone a short time ago. Here’s some of what he said. Full story should be up online at courant.com shortly…
“Look, I saw a team that played up and down but played hard, never quit, wasn’t lack of effort,” Manuel said. “As I said earlier in the season, we need to improve on the mistakes. Coaches need to make better decisions all around and put them [players] in better positions. Everybody has to improve. In my conversations with Paul I know he’s working that, improving that. I know he understands what he needs to do to be better next season. So I totally expect we’ll make the adjustments we need; that we’ll recruit student-athletes that can come in and try to help us now where we need it and that we’ll develop the players that are coming back – all in an effort to ensure success on the field.”
Asked about appealing more to the fanbase Manuel said..
“Obviously, my hope is that our fans will come out and support the team, support our coaches and student athletes because expectations for success haven’t changed,” Manuel said. “The expectation is that they’re going to win and we want that for the team, we want that for our fans. We want people to enjoy the experience of coming out and watching the team perform. When we don’t perform there’s nobody working harder to change that than the players and coaches so I would hope that our fans would continue to support the team the way they have and that they will see adjustments and changes made by this team to produce success. I hear our fans and I understand their disappointment but we’re going to make the adjustments to have better performance on the field than we had this year.”