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UConn hires Villanova Football defensive coordinator Billy Crocker

Having the #1 defense was always going to put Crocker on the map.

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UPDATE: UConn has confirmed the hiring of Crocker.

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According to Kevin Nathan from NBC Connecticut, the Connecticut Huskies have poached Villanova Wildcats defensive coordinator Billy Crocker away from the Main Line.

Nothing has been confirmed by UConn as of Saturday morning, but a couple of thoughts on this.

First, a huge congrats to Coach Crocker. Since taking over the defense in 2012 he has turned the unit into a force to be reckoned with, culminating in this past season’s #1 ranked defense in the FCS. That type of production was always going to put him on the shortlist for a bigger job, and now he has it. Best of luck to him.

On Villanova’s side, this definitely hurts. The transition from Andy Talley to Mark Ferrante has been smooth sailing so far, so this is the first bump (had to). Recruiting has been solid, and the defense was set to return a lot of starters from last year’s group.

We’ll wait for the official confirmation, but it looks like Ferrante has a big coaching spot to fill.