UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni Addresses Jerome Junior Dismissal

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What’s goin on?

Here’s what UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni had to say today about the dismissal of senior safety Jerome Junior who, also is no longer enrolled in school and has left without getting his degree.

Anyway, seems to me like the coach was sending a message with this one.

“Yeah, the message is that we have program policies, we have a very, very high level of expectation of our players in many areas and one of those areas is behavior – whether it be on campus, off campus, in the meeting room, on the practice field, at the game we’re not going to accept anything but appropriate behavior,” Pasqualoni said. “It was a violation, for me, it was a violation of what’s expected here in the football program and we can’t accept it.”


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18 thoughts on “UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni Addresses Jerome Junior Dismissal

  1. Dennis Morgan

    I don’t know what this young man did. If it was something that ANY STUDENT would have been kicked out of school for having done, then that is fair treatment in my opinion. However, if it is something specific to athletics or the football team, then I’d like to know what that infraction was. A GOOD REPORTER would have asked some of the players or friends of Jerome, then told the public what he was told. I’m sick of these Public figure-coaches who are being paid by our taxpayer money being exempt from revealing to us the reasons for a dismissal. Another point: players are made to sign a NCAA guidelines package of rules & regulations. Most of these athletes don’t even bother reading the package, they just try to follow what they are told. A rule violation can be anything from being out past curfew to participating in a political rally on campus. Imagine that! You’re a Student Athlete and you want to work on the re-election campaign of Pres. Obama…or you want to work with Romney, Santorum, or Paul’s campaign and your school, coach, and the NCAA tell you that you can not! You’re a Black athlete and a college professor has been accused of being racially biased toward non-whites. The non-white students hold a rally, demanding that the University investigate and dismiss this professor. You know it to be true, so you join in with the rally, only to discover days later that you’ve been kicked off the team for violating team rules…then having to leave school because without the scholarship you can not afford to stay and complete your course-work. Again, we don’t know yet why Jerome was dismissed and maybe it was for something deserving of dismissal. However, I do know that around this country student athletes are being dismissed from programs for some of the reasons (and many, many more) that I’ve mentioned here.

  2. Charles

    Junior was average at best and missed at least as many tackles as he made. Couldn’t cover either. Won’t miss him…

  3. magnus

    The problem with collegiate sports is that sports have overtaken the purpose of college. And many a taxpayer is picking up the tab for scholarship kids who are not there to get a degree but are using the college as a farm team to jump to the pros. And yes the taxpayer is picking up the tab for inflated salaries. Jim Calhoun can’t graduate a player. Others are getting kicked off or failing drug tests. The university enables this because they think winning teams make a university great academically. And tuition will continue to rise to give out more athletic scholarships & more inflated salaries. It should be academics first. I have to wonder when do these athletes study, do labs, do research, etc. My guess is that they don’t. They are being enabled. College sports has become too big. The NCAA is a joke. Sports can be a positive part of the educational process if they are kept in perspective. For those parents looking to send their kid somewhere-try division III-at least there academics still matter & there is less enabling. I understand we are a sports-consuming nation but we are also beginning to fall behind academically.

  4. Jack

    I can’t say for sure, but I think Coach P. just didn’t toss J.J. off the team for a first or some minor violation. IMHO it had to be numerous violations or something huge. I am also sure Coach P has been around long enough to know young men sometimes screw up and deserve a second chance, maybe a third one too, so J.J. must have really messed up.

  5. Dave

    Ed, I’m just playing with you. I do agree with what you said. It’s just a lot of kids now a days blow the chances given to them. It’s a shame. I hope your daughter enjoys her college experience at UConn. Go Huskies.

  6. Dave

    Every student owes it to themselves to make the most of their opportunnities given to them, either by scholarship or a parents checkbook. My point is this type of thing happens everywhere. Even at Ivy league schools. They are kids, mistakes happen at this age group. Except it and move on. Ed for governor. Can’t do worse than Malloy. Maybe not!

  7. roberttherugguyraleigh

    I hope he is close enough after four years at Connecticut to finish his degree somewhere, that’s a long time at something to have nothing to show for it. But I am certainly pissed at him, the program put a lot of time into him, our senior secondary guys have had a history of doing great things in that last year, secondary is a position we get guys drafted from.

  8. Igotone

    Sad about JJ, would be nice to know what happened without assuming the worst but: would that open up a scholarship for a walk-on? would be good to see a veteran player [J-Mc? others] who have busted their butts get a chance after paying their dues.

  9. Pete - Manchester

    I think Ed made a fair point about appreciating the opportunity you are given, and following the rules. That REALLY is not too much to ask. And I think by Pasqualoni’s action here, he probably agrees with Ed. That being said, we don’t know what happened with Junior, so there is no point in squabbling over what he did or didnt do. He’s not on the team anymore, that’s the bottomline.

    What really got me going was you, FrankyB. Of all the responses you came up with, you decided to go with the “taxpayers” pay Eds’ children’s schooling? You know what else taxpayers pay for at UConn? Inflated professor salaries, electricity for the Student Union, lawnmowers used to cut the grass, powerpoint presentations in class, and the shuttle buses used around campus (used by student athletes too, should we revoke their scholarships b/c they use them, clearly a luxury paid for by Ed and his taxes?). Or, because they do use the buses, can we then hold them to the rules since the every state taxpayer has a “$.0045″ stake in their bus-riding experience?

    1. FrankyB

      Pete, I was simply pointing out that everyone who attends UConn is subsidized and should be grateful. As to student athletes on the football team, they contribute with their dedication and hard work to the sports program and to our entertainment and we owe them our gratitude. I think everyone should always try to own up to their responsibilities. With respect to the various items you listed, much of the costs of them currently covered by the state subsidy would be reflected in higher tuition, if the subsidy were eliminated. If you divide the 2011 subsidy by the number of students seeking degrees, it works out over $13,000 per student last year and approximately $170 per household. I would be very grateful to the taxpayers for my degree from UConn.

  10. Navin R. Johnson

    Junior had a good sophomore year but thought he lost a step when RE left for Maryland.

    Sad that kids piss away these opportunnities. Happens every year at all schools.

  11. TheJerk

    college kids, and responsible in the same sentence? Thanks for the good laugh guys.

    Kind of the rough thing for Junior was he was actually very improved the last few seasons. Kind of bit it on coverage but was becoming a great run defense guy. Although I was never a fan of him dancing and jiving after he makes a tackle on a guy who just ripped off a 13 yeard run up the middle

  12. FrankyB

    Ed, just want to point out that the State of Connecticut subsidized UConn in 2011 in the amount of $233 million and will subsidize it in 2012 in the amount of $205 million. So the taxpayers are paying a portion of your daughter’s education. So I guess all students at UConn “should appreciate it and own up to that responsibility”.

    1. ed

      There are about 3.8 million people in CT and in-state fees are about $17K less than out-of-state. Thanks to each and every one of you for your contribution of $.0045 each toward my daughter’s education.


      And, yes, I agree with you. They should all appreciate what a solid education can mean for them.

  13. Dave

    Jeesh, Thanks Ed great advice and we should all be happy and learn to get along. Hey genius, when you have 85-100 players from different backgrounds things like this happen and a few players have to be made examples of. It happens at a lot of colleges across this country. Ed you should be a politican with your wealth of knowledge!

    1. ed

      Dave, pardon me for sharing my opinion. Different backgrounds and all that absolutely accepted, but following the rules is the least anyone can expect from someone who’s being given the opportunity to earn a free college degree from a top notch school. If they choose to ignore the rules, so be it – pay the price.

      My daughter’s at UConn and we’re paying for every penny of her tuition and dorm. If someone gets a better deal, they should appreciate it and own up to that responsibility.

  14. ed

    I don’t know this kid personally at all but if these young men can’t act like “young men”, they don’t deserve the luxury of a free education and don’t belong in the program. A big part of anyone’s college experience is growing up and becoming responsible.

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