February 09, 2015

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Frank Verducci, a former longtime NFL assistant, has been hired as the offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut.

Verducci replaces Mike Cummings in a shuffling of UConn assistants. Cummings will stay on the staff and coach the offensive line.

Verducci has coached for 31 years, with stops in the NFL at Cincinnati, Dallas, Buffalo and Cleveland.

He has also served as an assistant at Northern Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Notre Dame and Northern Iowa, where he served as tight ends coach in 2014.

Verducci was an offensive assistant at Iowa when UConn head coach Bob Diaco played linebacker there in the 1990s.

Verducci also will coach the running backs at UConn, which finished 2-10 last season while averaging just 15 1/2 points and 277 yards a game.

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