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    Friday, October 07, 2022

    UConn defensive coordinator Spanos steps away for personal reasons

    UConn football defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, the school announced Thursday. The school provided no further details and did not say whether Spanos is expected to return this season. (AP Photo/Stew Milne File)

    Storrs — UConn football defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, the school announced Thursday.

    The school provided no further details and did not say whether Spanos is expected to return this season.

    The 51-year-old served as UConn's defensive coordinator from 2019-21 and became the Huskies' interim head coach after Randy Edsall left the team two games into a 1-11 season a year ago.

    Spanos was Jim Mora's defensive coordinator at UCLA in 2012 and 2013 and agreed to coach under him again after Mora was hired to be the Huskies' head coach in December.

    UConn opens its season Aug. 27 at Utah State. A replacement for Spanos has not been named.

    UConn also announced that CW20 and FOX61 will televise and stream the Huskies’ home opener against Central Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The game will be broadcast on CW20 and streamed on FOX61+, the new streaming service from FOX61 News now available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

    Joe D’Ambrosio, the former UConn radio play-by-play man, will handle the call with John Fanta of the Big East Network providing commentary and Randy Brochu handling the sideline reporting.

    "We are extremely pleased to partner with our friends at CW20 and FOX61 to bring our football home opener to a wide TV and streaming audience, especially with two in-state teams playing,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a release. "The opportunity to watch the Huskies in person or any other form, be it live or replay, is critically important to our student-athletes, their friends and families.

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