- Associated Press - Thursday, January 13, 2011

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) - A Connecticut athletic department official says the school has hired Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni as its new head football coach.

The official says a news conference will be held on Friday afternoon. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to release the information.

He said Pasqualoni was chosen over former University of Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

Pasqualoni, a former Syracuse head coach, had received the endorsement of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.

The 61-year-old Pasqualoni replaces Randy Edsall, who took the head coaching job at Maryland after leading UConn to an 8-5 season and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, where the Huskies lost to Oklahoma 48-20.