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Paul Pasqualoni fired at UConn after 0-4 start

Nick Bromberg
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And then there were two.

UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired after his team lost 41-12 to Buffalo Saturday to fall to 0-4.

Pasqualoni and athletic director Warde Manuel were set to meet Sunday evening after the shellacking to the Bulls, and while Manuel said immediately after the game that he hadn't made a decision about Pasqualoni's future, it didn't take much time for that decision to be made.

On Sunday morning, Lane Kiffin was fired as coach at USC after the Trojans lost to Arizona State 62-41. The decision to fire Kiffin was reportedly made in the third quarter of the loss.

It's fair to wonder if Pasqualoni would still have his job -- and how UConn's season would have gone from that point, if the Huskies would have held on to defeat Michigan. The Wolverines beat UConn 24-21 after scoring 10 fourth quarter points coming back from a 21-7 deficit.

In addition to defeats to the Wolverines and Bulls, UConn opened the season with a loss to FCS Towson and Maryland. It's safe to say former UConn running back Jory Johnson thought it was time.

And that may be a sentiment shared by current players too.

Pasqualoni was in his third season at UConn after returning to the college ranks after a six-year absence. In 2011 and 2012 he went 5-7 each year. He previously spent 14 years at Syracuse before being fired at the end of the 2004 season.

After the loss to Buffalo, UConn ranked 119th out of 123 schools in FBS in total offense and is dead last in rushing offense at just 46 yards per game.

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