By DESMOND CONNER, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
7:12 PM EST, December 30, 2013
UConn football coach Bob Diaco is building his staff.
Three offensive coaches are set to join Diaco in his first season in Storrs, according to sources. A fourth addition will be on the defensive side, according to footballscoop.com.
Mike Cummings, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Central Michigan, reportedly is set to become Diaco's offensive coordinator. Cummings spent the past four seasons with the Chippewas, who were 6-6 last season but boasted one of the more prolific offenses in the nation in 2012.
Don Patterson, who spent the past three seasons as quarterbacks coach at Buffalo, turning the tide at the position the past two seasons, will be an associate head coach to Diaco and will also handle the quarterback coaching responsibilities.
Ernest Jones, the former Buffalo associate head coach, Alcorn State head coach and player who worked off the field in player development and engagement at Notre Dame last season, will become the running backs coach.
Footballscoop.com also reported that Josh Reardon, a Notre Dame graduate assistant, will be defensive backs coach.
UConn would not confirm the additions to the staff and Diaco was unavailable for comment.
In an interview with the Courant recently, Diaco said he was looking to complete his staff some time after the new year but that the process would get started right away.
Diaco retained just one member of the 2013 UConn staff, veteran Mike Foley, who has spent much of his time in Storrs as offensive line coach. However, it is unclear what role he will have going forward.
Diaco has familiarity with the three additions.
As defensive coordinator at Notre Dame the past three seasons, Diaco was on the staff with Jones. Cummings was at Eastern Michigan from 2000-01and Diaco was there from 2001-03. They were at Western Michigan together in 2004.
Patterson was on Hayden Fry's staff at Iowa, where Diaco played in the mid-1990s. Patterson coached with Fry for 20 years beginning in the late '70s.
Cental Michigan qualified for a bowl this year but was one of nine eligible teams that did not receive an invitation.
It was a different story in 2012, when the Chippewas ran one of the best offenses in the Mid-American Conference, using a balanced attack to average 6.2 yards a play, register almost 400 yards a game and score over 30 points in 10 games. CMU finished 7-6 in 2012 with a win over Iowa. Cummings is a Buffalo grad with a masters from Central Michigan.
He'll take over an offense that ranked among the worst in Division I-A last season. Cummings was also the offensive line coach at Central Michigan. It's unclear if he'll keep those duties at UConn.
Patterson, who turned 63 earlier this month, directed Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata, who not only torched UConn for 177 yards and three touchdowns this season in a 41-12 win but also went on to throw for 2,824 yards and 24 TDs in a record-setting year for the Bulls.
Patterson will be coming into a situation where the Huskies will have competition at quarterback, at least between Casey Cochran, who will be a redshirt sophomore; and Tim Boyle, who will be a sophomore. Cochran led UConn to three wins in a row at the end of this season.
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