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UConn fires football coach Paul Pasqualoni

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University of Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired Monday morning. University of Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired Monday morning.
UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel held a press conference on the firing of Paul Pasqualoni. UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel held a press conference on the firing of Paul Pasqualoni.
Offensive coordinator TJ Weist was named interim coach of UConn football after Pasqualoni's firing. Offensive coordinator TJ Weist was named interim coach of UConn football after Pasqualoni's firing.
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

Officials with the University of Connecticut said football coach Paul Pasqualoni has been fired.

UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel made the announcement Monday morning, just two days after a 41-12 loss in Buffalo. So far this season, UConn is 0-4.

"I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program," Manuel said in a statement.

Offensive coordinator TJ Weist was named interim coach of UConn football after Pasqualoni's firing.

"It's an honor for me," Weist said.

Weist said the coaching change was "number one" for the team and UConn football team was going to first focus on academics and then winning on football.

"It's starts today and will be this way from now on," Weist said about the team moving on.

According to Pasqualoni's contract, he will receive $750,000 in full satisfaction of all financial obligations of his contract.

"This was not the result of a lack of effort," Manuel said at a news conference on Monday afternoon.

On Sunday morning following the loss to Buffalo, Manuel called president Susan Herbst and had a brief conversation with her. Later in that day, he made a decision to fire Pasqualoni and Herbst agreed with it.

"It was my decision," Manuel said.

At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Pasqualoni was informed about the decision.

"I am not comfortable with losing," Manuel said.

Manuel said the decision to fire Pasqualoni was not made based on this season and thought the team played well in parts of the games against Michigan and Maryland.

Manuel added he felt the team was making "progress" at the end of last year after wins against Louisville and Pittsburgh.

When Manuel was asked what Weist had to do to keep the coaching job, he said simply "win."

"Ultimately, I want success," Manuel said and went on to say "the bottom line is success is what we desire."

Manuel said he is not "throwing in the towel" on this season.

"They need you now more than ever," Manuel said speaking to the fans of the UConn Huskies football team.

The search will be ongoing and will not be completed in the next eight to nine weeks, Manuel said. Weist will remain the head coach for the rest of the season, Manuel added.

When Manuel was asked what Weist had to do to keep the coaching job, he said simply "win."

"Ultimately, I want success," Manuel said.

In addition to Pasqualoni, UConn also fired associate head coach and offensive line head coach George DeLeone.

Mike Foley will take over as offensive line coach and Weist will make other changes to the coaching staff, Manuel said.

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