STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut fans are expected to boo at least one head coach on Saturday, but whether their wrath will be directed more at Randy Edsall or Paul Pasqualoni will have a lot to do with how the Huskies play against Maryland.
The Terrapins, after all, are the team Edsall left UConn to coach after guiding the Huskies to the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
Many still harbor resentment over the way Edsall departed Connecticut, taking a plane from the bowl game to Maryland, without notifying the team of his plans.
“I don’t feel like the fans have ever forgotten about Coach Edsall,” UConn receiver Deshon Foxx said. “So him coming back to Connecticut is going to be interesting. It’s going to be cool.”
Edsall built UConn from Division I-AA power to Division I upstart and took the program to five bowl games in his 12 years in Storrs. Connecticut hasn’t had a winning season since he left.
The Huskies went 5-7 in Pasqualoni’s first two seasons at UConn and opened this season with a 33-18 loss to Towson out of the Football Championship subdivision.
But Pasqualoni disputes any assertion that the program has taken a step backward.
“I like the people we have, I like the team, I like the players, I like young players we brought in,” Pasqualoni said. “There are certain positions that I think we have more to work with. From that standpoint, it’s on solid ground.”
A loss to Maryland would give the Huskies an 0-2 start for the first time since 2002 and make that ground a bit shakier with No. 11 Michigan set to visit next week.
The Terrapins, meanwhile, are off to a 2-0 start with wins over lightly regarded Florida International and Old Dominion. Edsall has won just eight games at Maryland, and lost to UConn last year in College …read more
Source: CBS local New York