Bob Diaco has been preparing for this his whole life.
UConn's first practice under Diaco, on Monday at the Shenkman Center, started with stretches and hip hop music. When practice started, the energy and the excitement from the coaching staff was palpable.
It's a new era of UConn football, and the difference was notable. The pace was fast, the energy apparent, and the coaching staff and players moved through the first couple of drills like they were shot out of a cannon.
Four months ago the UConn football program was lost, a 3-9 season and third straight no bowling. It's going to take time to get where the Huskies want to be, but after conditioning and drills and meetings, this was the first time the coaching staff could get a handle on players.
For Diaco, a first-time coach, he tried to hit the ground running.