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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Pasqualoni in familiar place

By Andrea Adelson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni is not exactly a newbie when it comes to the Big East meetings. He was here many times before during his time at Syracuse.

In fact, the spring meetings have been held in the same place for some 20 years. While the setting is the same, the faces are not. Greg Schiano is the only coach still with his team dating to Pasqualoni's final season at Syracuse in 2004. Pasqualoni is familiar with the coaches in the league, but his time here has been spent getting to know them a little bit better.

"The meetings are great," Pasqualoni said Monday. "It’s good to get acquainted and reacquainted with everybody and get to know the guys and be back into the swing of things. Opportunities to be a head coach don’t come around every day, especially in high-quality conferences and quality institutions, so we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity. I've always loved college football. We’re excited to have the chance to be back in it again."

Now that he has been in his job for a few months, I asked Pasqualoni what has been the biggest change since the last time he was a head coach.

"The technology has changed quite a bit," he said. "I think the amount of information that was available and reported on when I left in 2004 was pretty high, but I think now there’s even more out there, which presents more challenges in recruiting so it’s probably the biggest change, the information and trying to keep up with it."