Ex-Syracuse aide to run UConn's offense

It looks like new Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni will employ a trusted old friend as his offensive coordinator.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Miami Dolphins tight end coach George DeLeone has been tapped as the new UConn playcaller. And it makes perfect sense.

DeLeone is a New Haven native and a UConn graduate who worked alongside Pasqualoni at Southern Connecticut State in the 1970s and throughout most of his run at Syracuse. He was an Orange assistant from 1985 to 1996 and again from 1998 to 2004. He served as offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and even spent one year as defensive coordinator. He was the associate head coach during Pasqualoni's final six years at Syracuse.

DeLeone also worked at Rutgers as an assistant from 1980 to 1983. Before heading to the NFL, he coached at Temple and Ole Miss.

Joe Moorhead has been UConn's offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Pasqualoni, who was hired late last week, hasn't officially announced any staff hirings yet.