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UConn defensive coordinator Lou Spanos takes leave of absence

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Sep 11, 2021; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA;  Connecticut Huskies defensive coordinator Lou Spanos. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn defensive coordinator Lou Spanos is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, the school said Thursday.

The announcement comes just nine days before the Huskies’ season opener at Utah State on Aug. 27.

The school provided no further details, and it is not clear when or if Spanos will return this season. A replacement has not been named.

Spanos, 51, has held his position since 2019. He served as interim head coach for most of last season after Randy Edsall stepped down in early September. The Huskies finished 1-11.

UConn hired head coach Jim Mora in December. Spanos previously served as Mora’s defensive coordinator for two seasons at UCLA (2012-13).

Spanos also coached in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans (2014-17), then-Washington Redskins (2010-11) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1995-2009).

–Field Level Media