Can Bob Diaco Create an Identity for the Connecticut Huskies?

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Let’s call it how we see it. The Connecticut Huskies were pathetic last year, in every way shape and form at some point. If there was a way to be bad, they had it. Quarterback controversy? Check. Coaching turmoil? Check. Struggling offense? That’s putting it mildly for a team that only scored 20 points a game. Struggling defense? Try giving up 30 points per game.

The horrendous start forced the program to fire Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start, who managed to carry a program off the face of the Earth that the previous coach, current Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall, spent 10 years building up. The team finished the year 3-9 and never found a full-time starting quarterback, so this truly is a start from scratch project for new head coach Bob Diaco. But as crazy as it sounds there is some good news.

Jan 5, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco does an interview in the stands during media day for the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Huskies were able to find their stride after an 0-9 start to win their final three games, and although they were against Temple, Rutgers, and Memphis, that’s still a major improvement from the beginning of the season when they lost to Towson. Also, Diaco may not have coaching experience but he built up a tough defense as the Defensive Coordinator at Notre Dame that had a very strong 2012 campaign up until the national championship game, when they were so overmatched by Alabama that no scheming or coaching could’ve overcome that. Also, Some stability at quarterback may have been found toward the end of the season with Casey Cochran, who completed 94 passes out of 147 attempts for a 63.9 percent completion rate to go along with 9 touchdowns and 3 interception in the final four games, three of which were the team’s only wins.

If Cochran can continue to build off that success, and Diaco can bring a tough defense to the football team, there may be something to look forward to.

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