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Early list of replacements as uninspired as you'd expect

After 12 years under Randy Edsall, the UConn football program needs a change.

Want to draw more fans to Rentschler (and on time)? Want to get basketball-level interest in the program? Want to not come away from a bowl game in the red?

The only way to do that is with change.

But, as expected, the early candidates to replace Edsall are just more of the same: pro-style coaches with "high character" and ties to the state.

According to a Boston Globe report, citing anonymous sources, here is a list of six candidates AD Jeff Hathaway is looking at to take over for interim head coach Hank Hughes (who today, unfortunately, said he would like the job for good):

  • Former Syracuse coach and current Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni.
  • Former UMass coach and Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
  • Delaware coach K.C. Keeler.
  • Chris Palmer, coach and general manager of the Hartford Colonials of the UFL.
  • New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

  • Former Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini.

A Jan. 3 Courant report also named BC defensive coordinator Ben McGovern and Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe.

But regardless of who ultimately fills the position, it looks like we're in for more of the same.