UConn follows BCS berth with slow start to 2011



STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Paul Pasqualoni says he tries to ignore the building chatter that he could be a one-and done head coach at Connecticut unless UConn’s season takes a dramatic turn for the better.

The Huskies, fresh off their first-ever BCS bowl in January, are 2-3 heading into conference play on Saturday, where they are likely to be underdogs in at least their next three games. They head to No. 16 West Virginia (4-1) on Saturday before hosting South Florida (4-1), and visiting improving Pittsburgh (3-2).

The Huskies returned 17 starters from last year’s Fiesta Bowl team, including nine on defense, but have beaten only FCS Fordham and Buffalo in Pasqualoni’s first year at the helm. Pasqualoni said the growing pains were expected, but the time has come to start playing solid football.