The UConn Huskies struggled to compete in the Big East in 2012, posting their second consecutive 5-7 season under head coach Paul Pasqualoni. They missed the bowl season despite fielding one of the top defenses in the country, which highlights the futility of the Connecticut offense last season. With more questions than answers awaiting the Huskies next season, is Pasqualoni on his way out as head coach?
There are certainly concerns about whether Pasqualoni is the right guy to lead UConn in the future. Last season, he fielded a defense that ranked No. 19 in scoring defense and had several players drafted into the NFL during April’s draft. But his offense ranked among the worst in the country and it short-circuited any momentum the team got from the play of its defense. In four of the team’s seven losses, the Huskies put up 10 points or fewer, often wasting excellent defensive efforts in the process.
Now, Pasqualoni has to try and find a way to turn things around without the talent on defense he enjoyed last season. It’s unlikely that the Huskies will be able to maintain their defensive success from 2012 and their offense looks far from being explosive enough to outscore anyone in a shootout. That means that another disappointing season could be on its way and that could spell doom for Pasqualoni as head coach.
There will have to be a serious turnaround during fall camp where the Huskies figure out their identity to find some success in 2013. If they fail to do that, they will likely stumble and struggle once again which will force the Connecticut program to assess whether Pasqualoni is the coach they need at the helm. Will Pasqualoni reach 2014 as head coach of the UConn Huskies?