- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cowboys' in-house candidate for defensive coordinator is apparently no longer an option, according to multiple reports.
The Boston Globe reports that Connecticut has decided to hire Paul Pasqualoni as its head coach.
The Hartford Courant is reporting that Connecticut has scheduled a news conference for Friday to introduce Pasqualoni. Also, the Connecticut Post is saying that Pasqualoni has signed a five-year deal.
According to the Globe report, Pasqualoni's Big East experience and support from Connecticut high school coaches were significant factors in UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway's decision to hire him instead of former Miami (Fla.) offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
Pasqualoni was Syracuse's head coach for 14 seasons. He had a 107-59-1 record and won four Big East titles during his tenure.
Pasqualoni has had two tenures with the Cowboys, coaching tight ends, linebackers and the defensive line. He served as the interim defensive coordinator the last eight games of the season.