Connecticut Huskies (0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (0-0, 0-0 MAC) Game 1 • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 • 7:30 PM East Hartford, Conn. • Rentschler Field (40,000) SNY • IMG-UConn Radio Network The Coaches connecticut head coach paul pasqualoni UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni made his Husky coaching debut a successful one on Sept. 3, 2011 as the Huskies topped Fordham of the FCS. The Cheshire, Conn. native was named the 28th head football coach in UConn history on January 14, 2011. Pasqualoni is the all-time winningest coach in BIG EAST Conference league wins with 65 and overall wins with 112. He is just one of two league coaches in history to win four BIG EAST Championships. His overall college coaching record stands at 145-83-1 (34-17 at WCSU, 107-59-1 at Syracuse and 5-7 at UConn). Pasqualoni has had a highly-successful career on all levels of football -- professional, college and high school. He was the head coach at Western Connecticut from 1982-86 and led the team to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1985. He had an extremely successful tenure as the head coach at Syracuse from 1991-2004. Pasqualoni led the Orange to 107 wins, four BIG EAST titles and a 6-3 postseason record. Among his bowl appearances at Syracuse were two Fiesta Bowls (1992 and ‘97) and an Orange Bowl (‘98). For the previous five seasons, Pasqualoni has served on NFL staffs -- with Dallas in 2006-07 and ‘10 and with Miami in 2008-09. His first coaching job was an assistant coach at Cheshire HS from 1972-75. He is a 1972 Penn State graduate. massachusetts head coach charley molnar Charley Molnar was hired as the 29th head coach in Massachusetts football history on December 8, 2011. Molnar draws on 28 years of coaching experience as he leads the Minutemen into their first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Massachusetts is Molnar’s first stop as a collegiate head coach. A veteran offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, he developed prolific offensive attacks at Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Central Michigan alongside head coach Brian Kelly at all three universities. In his time at those schools, Molnar helped them to a 59-20 record and seven straight bowl games including Cincinnati’s 2009 BIG EAST Championship and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl. Molnar joins the Minutemen after two seasons with Notre Dame as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. His first coaching job in college football came at his alma mater Lock Haven, where he graduated in 1984. Radio & TV Coverage television coverage Saturday’s game is being televised live by SNY and ESPN Regional Television. Bob Picozzi is on play-by-play with former NFL offensive lineman David DiazInfante on color and Peter Rudman is the producer. The game will also be replayed on SNY in a condensed mode on the “Husky Power Hour” on Friday, August 31 at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and Saturday, September 1 at noon. The game will be replayed it is entirety on Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. radio coverage For the 21st consecutive season, WTIC 1080-AM in Hartford serves as the flagship station for the IMG/UConn Radio Network. WTIC is the state’s only 50,000 watt signal and can be heard in 23 states and parts of Canada. The 2012-13 football and men’s and women’s basketball season will mark the first 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 McCalla on production. UConn Schedule/Results Date Opponent (TV) Score/Time 8/30 Massachusetts (SNY) 7:30 PM 9/8 NC State (SNY) 12:00 PM 9/15 at Maryland (SNY) 12:30 PM 9/22 at Western Michigan (ESPN3) 2:00 PM 9/29 Buffalo (SNY) 12:00 PM 10/6 at Rutgers* TBA 10/13 Temple* TBA 10/19 at Syracuse* (ESPN) 8:00 PM 11/3 at USF* TBA 11/9 Pittsburgh* (ESPN2) 8:00 PM 11/24 at Louisville* TBA 12/1 Cincinnati* (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) TBA *Denotes BIG EAST Conference Game UMass Schedule/Results Date Opponent (TV) 8/30 at Connecticut (SNY) 9/8 indiana (ESPN3) 9/15 at Michigan (BTN) 9/22 at Miami-OH* 9/29 ohio* 10/6 at Western Michigan* 10/20 Bowling Green* 10/27 at Vanderbilt 11/3 at Northern Illinois* 11/10 at Akron* 11/17 Buffalo* 11/23 Central Michigan* Score/Time 7:30 PM 3:30 pm 3:30 PM 12:00 PM 3:30 PM 2:00 PM 12:00 PM TBA 3:30 PM 2:00 PM TBA TBA *Denotes MAC Game Quick Hits • UConn kicks off its 113th season of intercollegiate football, the tenth at Rentschler Field and its ninth as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. • UConn and UMass meet for the first time since 1999, but the series dates back to 1897 and this is the 72nd meeting. • Husky redshirt sophomore quarterback Chandler Whitmer looks to start in his first game in a UConn uniform. • Nine Massachusetts natives on the roster for the Huskies will suit up for the game. • UMass plays its first game as a FBS school and as a member of the Mid-American Conference.