What didn’t need to be said is that this is a big year for the program and third-year coach Paul Pasqualoni. No shock there coming of two 5-7 seasons and no bowl games following a BCS appearance. On the heels of all that the 2013 schedule is the toughest UConn has seen. Bottom line: the Huskies won’t go 5-7 again without major changes but any change in the pattern of how Pasqualoni handles it all personally could be an issue too – so don’t expect any changes in how he handles it all personally.
What’s your approach to 2013? Coming off a pair of 5-7s are you feeling it, personally?
“When you’re at this level of competition I think you’re a pretty competitive individual and that’s not just me I think that’s the nature of this game in it attracts very, very competitive people,” Pasqualoni said. “So you compete on a daily basis. You compete on a weekly basis and you’re working and preparing the team I think with every hour that you have, every ounce of energy that you have, trying to do the best job preparing and teaching and managing the program every single day. So I think there’s an approach that you have, a philosophy that you have; I think that you stick with what you believe in; that you work as hard as you can work at it and you try to manage the program, attract the best players, have the best players you can in your program and you work on getting the kids ready to play this tough schedule we have beginning with Towson State which is not going to be any box of chocolates.
(“You know I’m watching the LSU film and they’re giving LSU all they can handle at LSU…don’t you guys in the media be surprised when you see a good Towson State team come in here. Every player on their offensive line is a senior and played last year and are very good players. They’ve got a good program there, very good ). But you’re trying to compete, you’re trying to prepare, you’re trying to leave no stone unturned. That’s how you approach it and you do the absolute best you can do and you believe in what you’re doing. If you do those things everything else will take care of itself. You can’t worry about all that other stuff. You can’t. That’s always been my approach.”