UConn booster separates after unsuccessful coaching launch.
January 28, 2011 5:56 AM Subscribe
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After football head coach Randy Edsall
left the University of Connecticut for the head coaching position at Maryland
, the athletic director began the search for a new head coach. On January 13, Paul Pasqualoni
was named the new UConn football head coach. In an unprecedentedly public manner, the largest athletics department donor at UConn sent a scathing six page letter
to the athletics director demanding his money back for not being consulted prior to the hiring, while also listing his grievances against the UConn athletics director.
This isn't the first time donors have been overly involved in the workings of big-time college football programs. Recently, Notre Dame boosters
requested that head coach Brian Kelly resign. Florida State boosters
donated money to buy out offensive coordinator (and head coach's son) Jeff Bowden's contract. Dennis Franchione involved Texas A&M in scandal when it was discovered that he was selling "insider information"
in a $1200 newsletter to donors. Some boosters have even been convicted of crimes
related to their involvement in the recruitment of potential student athletes.