By Scooby Axson
December 11, 2013

 Bob Diaco (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) Bob Diaco will try to improve a UConn defense that ranked 86th in scoring last season. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Connecticut agreed to hire Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its next head football coach, reports's Bruce Feldman.

According to the report, UConn is giving Diaco a five-year deal that will pay him $1.5 million per season.

Diaco replaces Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired mid-season after getting off to an 0-4 start. The Huskies finished 3-9.

Diaco, 40, won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach last season, after his defense led by All-American Manti Te'o ranked second in college football allowing 13 points a game.

This season, Notre Dame finished 45th in total defense.

Diaco spent the past four seasons at Notre Dame, before that he was the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati.

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Diaco was a two-time all-Big Ten selection at Iowa under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry and was named team's co-MVP in 1995.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, the 2013 Broyles Award winner, had been offered the UConn vacancy but opted to return to MSU, sources told CBS.

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