UConn fires 4 assistant coaches

The Sports Xchange

December 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm.

Following a wretched season in which the team set a number of dubious records, the University of Connecticut fired four coaches, the school announced Friday.
Defensive coordinator Billy Crocker was among four coaches dismissed in the wake of a disastrous 1-11 season that saw the Huskies allow the most points in the nation.

“After evaluating the program throughout the season and during the recruiting process, I decided to make these changes to my staff,” UConn head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “I appreciate all the work these four men have done and thank them for their effort and dedication during their time at UConn.”

Defensive backs Curome Cox also was not retained along with Eric Klein and J.D. Mehlhorn, the head and assistant strength and conditioning coaches, respectively.

The Huskies allowed a staggering 605 points this season, surpassing the previous FBS all-time mark of 572 yielded by East Carolina in 2010. The team allowed a nation-worst average of 50.4 points, which was nearly five more than any other program.

In addition, UConn’s defense was shredded for a record 617.4 yards per game — eclipsing the previous FBS mark set by Kansas (560.8) in 2015. The Huskies gave up at least 49 points in 10 of their 12 games.

Edsall, who is 4-20 in two seasons since returning to UConn, also promoted offensive coordinator John Dunn to associate head coach.

“I look forward to John being in charge of the UConn offense for years to come,” said Edsall.

Edsall spent his first 11 years at Connecticut, winning at least eight games in each of his last four seasons, before moving to Maryland. He went 22-34 in four-plus seasons with the Terrapins.

For his career, Edsall is 96-117 with seven bowl appearances — five at UConn and two at Maryland.