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UConn football hires new defensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH - 2008: Lou Spanos of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Getty Images)

STORRS — UConn has hired Lou Spanos, a coach with experience in both college and the NFL, to fix its historically bad defense.

Coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday that Spanos has been hired as defensive coordinator, replacing Billy Crocker, who was fired after the Huskies’ 1-11 season.

He takes over a defense that gave up the most yards (7,409), yards per game (617.4), points (605) and points per game (50.41) of any major college football team in NCAA history.

Spanos was an analyst last season for Alabama after serving as the linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2014-18. He was defensive coordinator at UCLA during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and his resume also includes 15 seasons on the staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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