UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni: Good Quote And Bottom Line

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This is from tomorrow’s story for the paper but it’s good and we’re going to use it again here from head coach Paul Pasqualoni on urgency and the importance of this season…

“I would say this: The way I approach it… it’s very hard for me to create more urgency because each season to me is a separate kind of entity,” Pasqualoni said. “I think from a perception standpoint of where the program is going I think everyone would like to see it happen in this day and age [Pasqualoni snapping fingers], everybody wants greatness to happen quickly.

“I’m a firm believer that in this game and in life greatness doesn’t happen overnight. I think for 99 percent of the population, ok, it does not happen overnight. We’re trying to do this thing the right way. We haven’t gone the route of ‘Well, let’s get a quick fix here or a quick fix there’ because I don’t believe in quick fixes. I think I’m very proud of the players we have in our program and how they work, how they act, who they are. I’m very proud of the two recruiting classes we brought in. I think this recruiting class, this past recruiting class, as they develop as college football players at UConn, they’re really going to be good players – I mean legit, big-time Division I players that you can line up against future opponents…let’s go play Tennessee, let’s go play BYU, let’s go play these teams, put your hands on them and go nose-to-nose, I think we’re going to have guys that can do that.”

With all that said…

“I think there is a tremendous urgency to improve this year,” the coach added. “I think we’ve got to improve things like taking care of the ball [tied for 88th in the country with 26 turnovers in 2012], playing smart and not giving up a play here and there at an inopportune time on defense, you know, we’ve been great on defense but we’ve given up a play here or there on defense. We haven’t been good enough offensively to overcome those things. So I think there is urgency to get those things done and I think if we get those things done then I think the improvement will be there. There will be evidence. It will be documented and we can get going with the program – and that’s what we all want to do.”

 

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