Bob Diaco and the UCONN Huskies are coming off a disappointing 3-9 season. The Huskies came into Saturday’s game against Tulane without scoring a touchdown in 14 straight quarters. That number would then be extended to 15 when the Huskies were shutout in the first quarter. All of these setbacks makes Bob Diaco’s stay in UCONN  very questionable.


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Diaco began coaching the Huskies in 2014. Prior to that, he was the Defensive Coordinator for Notre Dame from 2011-2013. In 2013, the year prior to Diaco, T.J. Weist led the Huskies to a 3-5 season when Paul Pasqualoni was fired midway through the season. In 2014, UCONN and Diaco agreed on a four year deal that would keep him in Storrs until 2018. In his first season, the Huskies went 2-10.

Right away Bob Diaco did not seem like the coach the Huskies wanted. However, he was able to lead the Huskies to their first bowl game in five years in 2015. The Huskies did not break .500 that year but had a better record at 6-7. This season had people believing that Bob Diaco was going to turn the UCONN Huskies football program around.

Having said, he had high expectations going into the 2016 season. Unfortunately, Diaco was unable to meet those expectations. He had the same starting Quarterback the past two years in Bryant Shirreffs.


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Much like Diaco, Shirreffs’ career in Storrs may be over as well. Shirreffs was named the starting Quarterback for the second season in a row. However, after losing three straight games, Freshman Donovan Williams was handed the football for the remainder of the three games.

This was a questionable move by coach Bob Diaco because Williams was originally a red shirted freshman so he could remain eligible to play until 2020. However, since he already saw action this season that will no longer be the case. In addition, Shirreffs was able to lead the team to three wins this season and six the year before.

Diaco believed that a new Quarterback would be able to ignite an explosion in an offense that scored the third least points in the entire nation.

The Huskies will  now look forward to this off season. Top seniors Wide Receiver, Noel Thomas Jr. and Defensive Back Obi Melifonwu are most likely to be headed to the NFL Draft.


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