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UConn safety Obi Melifonwu showed the size and speed that had scouts raving at the Senior Bowl this week.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Senior Bowl: After watching practice, these four defensive players improved their draft stock this week in Mobile -- LB Haason Reddick (Temple), DB Cam Sutton (Tennessee), DT Jaleel Johnson (Iowa) and S Obi Melifonwu (UConn).
Time -- and wins and losses -- will ultimately tell if the hires during this coaching cycle made the dean's list, but it's not too early to review how the new 21 head coaches are doing so far.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Senior Bowl: Safety to watch today in full pads -- Obi Melifonwu (UConn). 6-foot-4, 219 pounds. Has the frame of a nickel linebacker. Movement skills. Can track the ball too. Rare athleticism given his size at the position. Opportunity today to impress pro scouts during inside run period and team drills. Get downhill and hit.
Huskies' pro day workouts set for March 21
UConn is scheduled to hold its pro day for this year's draft-eligible prospects on March 21 at 8 a.m. Pro day schedules
Bob Diaco, fired as UConn's head coach last month, was hired as the new defensive coordinator at Nebraska on Saturday.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Nebraska has made official the hire of former UConn coach Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator, replacing Mark Banker, whose firing was announced on Wednesday. "When we began looking for a new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco quickly rose to the top of the list," Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. Diaco, an Iowa graduate, won the Broyles Award in 2012 as the nation's top assistant coach while coordinating the Notre Dame defense.
Fenway Park will host two college football games in 2017, with UMass facing Maine on Nov. 11 and UConn taking on Boston College on Nov. 18.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is heading to the AAC, where he will step into the same role at UConn under new head coach Randy Edsall.
Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer
Rhett Lashlee has been Gus Malzahn's OC all five seasons that Malzahn has been a college coach. But with Lashlee taking the same position at UConn, the marriage is over. "This is a great opportunity for Rhett to implement and run his own offense," Malzahn said. "This is another step towards his goal to become a head coach."
Randy Edsall, who left UConn for Maryland after the 2010 season, is returning as head coach of the Huskies.
Former Maryland and Connecticut coach Randy Edsall has emerged as a "very strong candidate" to return to Storrs as the Huskies' coach, sources told ESPN.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
There's always one late coaching surprise, and this year it's Connecticut firing Bob Diaco, who will officially step down Jan. 2. Diaco went 11-26 at the school and UConn finished last nationally in scoring offense this season. Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead would be a natural fit at UConn, which needs a jolt on offense and a coach who knows the northeast well.
Bob Diaco, who went 11-26 in his three seasons at UConn, was fired by the school Monday, AD David Benedict announced.