UConn football: Bob Diaco fired by Huskies

The UConn football program will have a new head coach for the 2017 season.

On Monday, it was announced that Bob Diaco has been fired by the Huskies after going 3-9 this year. In his three seasons leading UConn, Diaco amassed an 11-26 record.

University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict announced the news in a statement on the school’s official website.

“I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build long-term success,” Benedict said. “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.

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

The move will be effective beginning Jan. 2.

“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.

“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.”

UConn begins their head coaching search immediately.

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