Notre Dame D-C Bob Diaco taking UConn head coaching position
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media December 11, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: December 11, 2013 11:30PM
Notre Dame lost its second coordinator since the end of the regular season.
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco received a five-year deal to become the coach at Connecticut Wednesday, according to a CBSSports.com report.
“Happy for Coach Diaco... He’s going to do great at Uconn.. Love that man! Always has my respect,” Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson wrote on Twitter.
Diaco follows Chuck Martin as a Brian Kelly assistant departing for a head coaching position. Martin, the former offensive coordinator, became the Miami-Ohio coach on Dec. 3.
Diaco had been Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator since 2010. He also became the assistant head coach last season.
Notre Dame ranks No. 45 in the country in total defense, allowing 377 yards per game in 2013. Notre Dame is 32nd nationally in scoring defense, allowing 22.9 points per game.
Diaco was also in charge of the defense that helped Notre Dame reach the BCS national title game in 2012. The Irish finished second nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 12.7 points per game. Notre Dame ranked in the top 10 in 12 defensive categories last season. Diaco earned the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. It was the first time a Notre Dame assistant earned the honor.
Kelly addressed the possibilities of coaches leaving during a news conference Saturday.
“I know that my coaches won’t leave for lateral moves. They’ll have to be leadership positions. I’m certain of that,” Kelly said. “But if there’s a head job out there that makes sense for one of the assistant coaches, I’d look at them. I have really good football coaches. You never know.
“But, as I said, my guys aren’t out sending résumés looking for jobs. If the right situation comes along, all these guys, especially the ones that have been with me a long time, they know what it looks like. They’d be great at running programs.”
Diaco replaces interim coach T.J. Weist, who took over for Paul Pasqualoni after the Huskies started 0-4. UConn finished with a 3-9 record.