Connecticut Huskies (0-5, 0-1 American) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (4-2, 1-1 American) Game 5 • Saturday, Oct. 19 • 12 PM Cincinnati, Ohio - Nippert Stadium (40000) ESPNU • UConn IMG Sports Radio Network The Coaches UCONN INTERIM HEAD COACH T.J. WEIST T.J. Weist, a 25-year veteran of the coaching profession who most recently served as the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati, is the interim head coach at UConn for the rest of the 2013 season and has a 0-1 record in that position. Weist was elevated to that position on Sept. 30 -- four games into the 2013 season. Weist is in his first season at UConn and continues to serve as offensive coordinator and also has position responsibility with the wide receivers. During his time with the Bearcats, Cincinnati won a total of two BIG EAST Championships. Weist (pronounced WEEST), help lead the Bearcats to a 10-3 record in 2012 and a 48-34 victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl. Weist served as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator in the Belk Bowl as the Bearcats gained 554 yards of total offense on 53 plays and did not have a turnover. Cincinnati was 17 of 25 in passing for 332 yards. Weist joined the Bearcats after eight years at Western Kentucky mentoring the receivers. He also served as the team’s assistant head coach (2007-09) and offensive coordinator (2003-06). Weist came to WKU from Indiana, where he served as wide receivers coach from 1997-01. While at IU, he also carried special teams responsibilities with the return units and also served as the Hoosiers’ recruiting coordinator his first two years. Weist was also on the staffs at Tulsa (1996), Southern Illinois (1994-95), Michigan (1990-93) and Alabama (1988-89). A native of Bay City, Mich., Weist was a wide receiver at Alabama from 1985-87, taking part in three postseason bowl games, and earned a letter as a senior. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1988, and then added an exercise physiology master’s degree one year later. UConn Schedule/Results Date 8/29 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/8 11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 *Denotes American Athletic Conference Game Cincinnati Schedule/Results Date 8/31 9/7 CINCINNATI HEAD COACH TOMMY TUBERVILLE 9/14 Tommy Tuberville is in his first season as the head coach at Cincinnati after successful 9/21 head coaching stops at Mississippi (1995-98), Auburn (1999-2008) and Texas Tech (201012). His overall head coach record is 134-79. In his three seasons at Texas Tech, he had a 10/5 20-17 mark and a pair of bowl appearances. In his ten seasons at Auburn, he led the Tigers 10/11 to 85 overall wins, which is fourth in school history. The Tigers also won 49 Southeastern Conference games, a number that is the fourth-best in SEC. Tuberville led Auburn to seven- 10/19 10/30 straight bowl appearances, including New Year’s Day bowl games in four of of those years. 11/9 In 2004, Tuberville led Auburn to its best season ever as the Tigers won a school-record 13 games and captured the SEC Championship and the Nokia Sugar Bowl title. Tuberville was 11/16 named the AFCA, Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation National Coach 11/23 of the Year. At Ole Miss, Tuberville had a 25-20 record and was the defensive coordinator and linkeback- 12/5 ers coach at Texas A&M in 1994. He was also an assistant coach at Arkansas State (198084) and Miami, Fla. (1986-93). Tuberville is a 1976 graduate of Southern Arkansas and played free safety at the school. RADIO COVERAGE The UConn IMG Sports Network is the home of Husky football on the radio. WTIC Newstalk 1080 in Hartford serves as the flagship station and is the state’s only 50,000 watt signal and can be heard in 23 states and parts of Canada. The 2013-14 year marks the 22nd consecutive season that WTIC is the flagship for UConn sports. The 2013-14 football and men’s and women’s basketball season also marks the second year that the radio rights are held by IMG College, which is UConn’s multi-media rights partner. Veteran UConn announcers Joe D’Ambrosio (play-by-play) and Wayne Norman (color commentary) return to call the action with Kevin Nathan on the sidelines and Anthony “Rex” McCalla on production. UConn football on home Saturday dates gets going early with “Breakfast At The Rent” with Ray Dunaway and Scott Gray beginning at 6:00 a.m. For noon games, the UConn Tailgate Show will air from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the game and then postgame “Husky Opponent (TV) Score/Time PURDUE (ESPNU) W, 42-7 at Illinois (ESPN2/U) L, 17-45 N’WESTERN STATE (ESPN3) W, 66-9 at Miami (Ohio) (ESPN3) W, 14-0 at USF* (ESPN3) L, 20-26 TEMPLE* (ESPN) W, 38-20 UCONN* (ESPNU) 12 p.m. at Memphis* (ESPN2) 8 p.m. SMU* TBA at Rutgers* TBA at Houston* TBA LOUISVILLE* (ESPN) 7:30 p.m. *Denotes American Athletic Conference Game Rankings indicate ranking at time of game Radio & TV Coverage TELEVISION COVERAGE Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Tom Hart will handle play-by-play duties and is joined by John Congemi on color. John Kettering is the producer. Opponent (TV) Score/Time TOWSON (ESPN3) L, 18-33 MARYLAND (ESPN3) L, 21-32 No. 14/15 MICHIGAN (ABC) L, 21-24 at Buffalo (ESPN3) L, 12-41 USF* (SNY/ESPN-R) L, 10-13 at Cincinnati* (ESPNU) 12 p.m. at UCF* 12 p.m. LOUISVILLE* (ESPN2) 8:30 p.m. at SMU* TBA at Temple* TBA RUTGERS* TBA MEMPHIS* TBA Quick Hits • • • • UConn and Cincinnati meet for the 10th time in program history on Saturday, and the first as members of the American Athletic Conference. Seven of the previous eight meetings came under the BIG EAST banner. UConn interim head coach T.J. Weist was the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati from 2010-12. Tailback Lyle McCombs rushed for a career-high 164 yards against USF in UConn’s last game, earning a spot on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. It was the 10th time in his career that McCombs has eclipsed 100 yards in a game. He is currently third all-time in the Connecticut annals in carries, and sixth in rushing yards. Linebacker Yawin Smallwood has 64 tackles this year in UConn’s five games, and his 12.8 tackles/game are good for third in the country.