The University of Connecticut filled its offensive coordinator vacancy on Monday, hiring Northern Iowa offensive coordinator Frank Verducci. Verducci closes out a coaching shuffle for the Huskies, who previously fired offensive line coach Mike Foley while shifting three coaches to different positions throughout the offseason.
The hire leaves only Boston College and Hawaii as FBS teams looking for offensive coordinator position. The Warriors are expected to announce their hire as soon as Tuesday. A number of teams, including UCLA and TCU, are still looking for defensive coordinators.
While at UNI, Verducci helped lead the Panthers for the NCAA FCS Playoffs. UNI lost their first two games to FBS opponents Iowa and Hawaii by a combined 11 points. They lost only two other games the rest of the season—to Indiana State and South Dakota State—to earn an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs. Illinois State defeated the Panthers, 41-21, to end their season in the second round. The Panthers scored 40 points a handful of times, including 50 against Tennessee Tech.
Hawaii, meanwhile, is close to hiring Idaho State offensive coordinator Don Bailey. It was reported that Bailey is awaiting the results of the hiring process through human resources before accepting the position. Hawaii must perform an extensive background check before clearing the applicant for hire.
Boston College offensive coordinator Ryan Day left the program almost three weeks ago to take the Quarterbacks coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles.