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UConn fires football coach Pasqualoni

Paul Pasqualoni was 10-18 at UConn in two-plus seasons.

Paul Pasqualoni was 10-18 at UConn in two-plus seasons.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel says he seeks a coach who can bring more excitement, passion, and above all wins.

Monday, Manuel fired coach Paul Pasqualoni, whose team is 0-4 after a 41-12 loss at Buffalo. Associate head coach George DeLeone, who coached the offensive line, also was let go.

Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist is the interim head coach. Weist, 48, came in the offseason from Cincinnati, where he coached receivers.

"I would have loved the opportunity to get over the hump," Pasqualoni said Monday night. "We were going to make a few changes and get this thing back on the road."

The Huskies have a bye before hosting USF Oct. 12.

Pasqualoni, born in Connecticut, took over with the Huskies coming off of a Fiesta Bowl berth but he finished 5-7 in consecutive years, then opened this season by losing to Division I-AA Towson.

Texas star Street dies

AUSTIN, Texas — James Street, who as a wishbone quarterback led Texas to the 1969 national championship and a 15-14 victory over Arkansas in the "Game of the Century," died at 65. A cause was not immediately available. Mr. Street was also a baseball standout on three Longhorns teams that reached the College World Series and his son, Padres relief pitcher Huston Street, helped Texas win the CWS in 2002.

USC aftermath: Vanderbilt coach James Franklin shut down reporters' questions about being on lists of potential candidates to take over at USC, which fired Lane Kiffin on Sunday. Washington coach and former Trojans assistant Steve Sarkisian said he was very happy with the Huskies.

Title game bids: Tampa was one of two cities, along with Jacksonville, to bid on both the 2016 and 2017 national title games. Tampa was a finalist to host the inaugural game on Jan. 12, 2015, but Arlington, Texas, won it. Phoenix and New Orleans are also bidding for the game on Jan. 11, 2016; other entries for the Jan. 9, 2017, game are Miami, Northern California and San Antonio, Texas.

Makeup date: Colorado added a game Oct. 19 against Charleston Southern to replace the Sept. 14 Fresno State game that was scuttled by flooding. Fresno State and Colorado officials couldn't come up with a makeup date this season.

Texas: The Austin American-Statesman reported that athletic director DeLoss Dodds, 76, will step down in August. The paper said an announcement is coming today.

Hoops star Kurland dies: Former Oklahoma State basketball All-American Bob Kurland died Sunday at his home in Sanibel Island after a long illness. He was 88. The 7-footer led then-Oklahoma A&M to national championships in 1945 and '46, and won two Olympic gold medals. Mr. Kurland is credited with being the first to dunk in a game and to dunk regularly, but last year told the Orlando Sentinel that his first dunk "was an unintentional accident. It wasn't planned." He is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball hall.

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