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UConn Hires Notre Dame Assistant Diaco as Football Coach

Courtesy: UConnHuskies.com

Courtesy: UConnHuskies.com

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach.

The school announced the move early Thursday morning and said it would hold an afternoon news conference to introduce Diaco.

The 40-year-old Diaco takes over a team that went 3-9 this season. UConn fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start and a 10-18 record in just more than two years at the school.

Notre Dame finished 8-4 this season

Diaco, who spent four seasons at Notre Dame, won the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, becoming the first Fighting Irish assistant to receive the honor.

Earlier on Wednesday, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, the 2013 Broyles winner, said he had withdrawn from consideration.