Bob Diaco relieved of coaching duties at UConn

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NCAA Football: Notre Dame-National Championship Media Day

STORRS — University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict announced Monday that head football coach Bob Diaco has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective January 2.

“I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build long-term success,” Benedict said on the UConn Huskies website. “I am grateful to Coach Diaco and his staff for their hard work and the integrity with which they ran the program and certainly wish them future success.”

“This is obviously not the way I had hoped things would turn out, but I appreciate having had the opportunity to be here at UConn,” said Diaco on the site. “I thank the administration, staff and fans of the UConn Football program for their passion and support over these three years. Most importantly, I want to say how much I love the players on this team and will be rooting for their success. I know that there are great things to come for all of them.”

Husky football just completed its third season under Diaco, finishing with a 3-9 record. In three seasons under Diaco, the team was 11-26.

“I know this may come as a surprise to our fans and supporters given the timing of this decision,” said Benedict. “However, it became apparent to me that a change in program direction is necessary at this time.”

Athletic Department officials said they will begin reviewing head coach options immediately and will update fans and supporters throughout the process.