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UConn DC Lou Spanos steps away for personal reasons

NCAA Football: Yale at Connecticut

Oct 16, 2021; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Connecticut Huskies interim head coach Lou Spanos on the field prior to the game against the Yale Bulldogs at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

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STORRS, Conn. -- UConn football defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.

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.