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The University of Connecticut fired coach Paul Pasqualoni as part of a staff shakeup, naming first-year offensive coordinator T.J. Weist as the interim head coach.

The Huskies are off to a 0-4 start and were 10-18 under Pasqualoni since 2011. Pasqualoni will receive a $750,000 buyout.

Associate head coach and offensive line coach George DeLeone was also let go.

"I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program," athletics director Warde Manuel said in a statement. "I am disappointed in the record of our team thus far, but I am confident that our coaching staff and student-athletes will continue to work hard to improve and that will be reflected on the field of play as we start our American Athletic Conference season."

Weist joined UConn's staff this year after serving as the wide receivers coach at the University of Cincinnati the previous three seasons. Prior to that, he worked with the receivers at Western Kentucky for eight years.

"I am very pleased to elevate T.J. to our interim head coaching position," said Manuel. "T.J. will bring energy and enthusiasm to our football team as we embark on our American Athletic Conference schedule. T.J. will provide stability to our football student-athletes during this time of transition and will also effectively oversee all elements of our football program including game preparation, classroom success and recruiting."
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