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Diaco introduced as UConn's 30th head football coach

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published December 12. 2013 3:00PM   Updated December 12. 2013 11:56PM
Tim Martin/The Day
Bob Diaco, the new University of Connecticut head football coach, receives a hug from his son Michael, after being introduced to the media during a press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Storrs - Bob Diaco, who spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, was introduced as the 30th head football coach in UConn history on Thursday afternoon at the Burton Family Football Complex.

Diaco, 40, signed a five-year contract worth $8 million, including $1.5 in 2014.

"We have a fabulous new coach," UConn president Susan Herbst said in helping introduce Diaco. "It's a new day for UConn football. Bob will boost this program."

The Huskies were 3-9 in 2013, winning their final three games after an 0-9 start, and athletic director Warde Manuel fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start.

T.J. Weist, the offensive coordinator, coached the team on an interim basis the rest of the season. Diaco is expected to meet with the current staff on Monday before deciding what course he will take regarding building his own coaching staff.

"It is a great, profound honor to be here," Diaco said during his opening remarks. "I want to thank Warde for giving me the opportunity to lead this football team."

It was widely reported on Wednesday that Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi had been offered the job and turned it down, but Manuel said at the press conference, "Say what you like. Read what you like ... Bob was my top choice."

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