Connecticut lands Bob Diaco as its new head coach
Notre Dame assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will be the new head coach at Connecticut, sources tell us. We are told the deal is being prepared now and will be official later Wednesday night.
Update> CBS is adding now that the deal will be five years for Diaco beginning at $1.5 million.
This is the first first head coaching job for Diaco but, equally interesting. this is the second Notre Dame coordinator to take a head coaching job this season. Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was named the head coach at Miami (Ohio) on December 3.
Can only imagine what Brian Kelly is thinking right now...— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 12, 2013
Diaco brings an engaging and charismatic personality at a program - following the dismissal of Paul Pasqualoni - that desperately needs an engaging and charismatic personality.
Diaco will win the press conference.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 12, 2013
Diaco won FootballScoop's Defensive Coordinator of the Year award in 2012 while guiding Notre Dame to the top 10 nationally in a dozen different defensive categories, including touchdowns surrendered (16, 1st), scoring defense (12.77, 2nd) and total defense (305.5 yards per game, 7th).
Diaco worked with Brian Kelly in his final season at Cincinnati and then followed Kelly to Notre Dame in 2010. He played at Iowa from 1992-95, and then worked as a graduate assistant for the the Hawkeyes in 1996-97. From there, he worked at Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Virginia, coaching a combination of linebackers, running backs and special teams before working his way up to defensive coordinator.
Diaco is a very astute coach and has been preparing for this day for a long time. UConn is getting a good one.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 12, 2013
I'm anxious to see who he brings on as OC (and really for the rest of the staff). Needs an innovative OC. Critical hire.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 12, 2013
Diaco takes over a program that went 3-9 this season and holds just a 13-23 mark since winning the Big East and making a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2010.
Diaco is the eighth FBS head coach - and second of Wednesday night - to be hired this season, following Steve Sarkisian (USC), Chris Petersen (Washington), Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio), Bryan Harsin (Boise State), Craig Bohl (Wyoming), Dave Clawson (Wake Forest) and Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan).
As always, we will have more updates as they become available.