Connecticut has hired ND DC Bob Diaco as its football coach...

...a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the hiring.

The 40-year-old Diaco takes over a team that went 3-9 this season, and fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start.

Diaco won the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach, the first Irish assistant to ever capture the award.

Earlier Wednesday, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said he had withdrawn from consideration.

The hiring was first reported by CBS Sports.

My personal opinion is that this is a good thing.  I think Chuck Martin and Bob Diaco are fine men and good coaches.  Martin is more ready to be a Head Coach (having already been one) than Diaco, who has never coached on the offensive side of the ball.  Kelly needs to reinvigorate his staff.
Tony Alford is our key coach.  I hope he is made the Offensive Coordinator.


Got to disagree with Cap on this one. Yes, Alford is our key coach, but as the Recruiting Coordinator. Martin and Diaco will be sorely missed and Kelly has a huge job in recruiting top replacements without the ability to pay them as much as they can get at Northern Illinois.

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