UConn switch to Tim Boyle in works?

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut changed coaches this week. Next week, it may be changing quarterbacks.

Interim coach T.J. Weist said Monday he is considering taking the redshirt off freshman Tim Boyle and starting him over Chandler Whitmer when the Huskies (0-4) play host to South Florida (0-4) on Oct. 12.

"We're open to playing him," Weist said. "We haven't made any decisions yet from that standpoint. We know we have an off week. We're honestly open to playing any freshman."

Whitmer, a junior, has completed 71 of 129 passes for 896 yards, with five touchdowns and six interceptions. But the Huskies' offense ranks 119th out of 123 bowl subdivision teams overall and dead last in rushing at just under 46 yards per game.

Calls for a change began before Monday's firing of Paul Pasqualoni. And the former coach, speaking to reporters Monday night, said the switch to Boyle already was in the works.

"We made that decision last week that that would be the direction to go in," he said. "We tried to give Timmy some time to develop, give him an opportunity to be on the road and experience the whole thing, get as much practice under his belt before we threw him in there."

The 6-foot-4 Boyle originally committed to Boston College before switching to UConn.

The Huskies are off this week. Weist will be using the extra time to evaluate all personnel and determine what other changes may be needed. He said whatever moves he makes will be designed to show that UConn is committed to winning this season -- something athletic director Warde Manuel said is a must if the interim coach wants to be a candidate for the job on a permanent basis.