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Whipple could land at UConn

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  January 12, 2011 06:47 PM

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By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff

Former UMass coach Mark Whipple has emerged as the front runner to be named as the next University of Connecticut football coach, according to multiple sources at the school and in the Big East. But, according to those sources, no negotiations have been held between Whipple and the school.

That may be a small problem, though, as UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway has gone through the process of deciding between Whipple and former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Once Hathaway made his final decision, he was expected to offer his choice a five-year contract similar to the $1.5 million per year deal that former UConn coach Randy Edsall had before taking the job at the University of Maryland on Jan. 2. A deal with Whipple could be finished as soon as Thursday afternoon.

Whipple was on the original list of candidates that Hathaway compiled when Edsall left.

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