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College football: Former UConn coach said he wasn’t told of sexual assault claim

Former University of Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni said Wednesday he was never told that one of his players had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus.

UConn’s police chief disputes that assertion.

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Rosemary Richi, a junior, says she was raped by a football player in September 2011, and is one of four women who last week sued the university in federal court, alleging the school violated their rights by failing to properly respond to their accusations.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Pasqualoni, who was the coach both at the time of the incident and when the complaint was made earlier this year, told the AP he was not contacted about the allegation.

‘‘I was not ever informed,’’ said Pasqualoni, who was fired earlier this season after his team started 0-4. ‘‘I was never made aware of anything. We never had those issues when I was there.’’

UConn police chief Barbara O'Connor said the school notified the athletic department of the incident in June.

Oh, what a night

College football never has had a Thursday night like this.

No. 12 Oklahoma at No. 5 Baylor, with first place on the line in the Big 12, kicks off at about 7:30. Then, a few minutes after 9 p.m., comes No. 2 Oregon against No. 6 Stanford.

The 7-0 start for fifth-ranked Baylor and its highest ranking in 60 years won’t mean nearly as much without finishing strong in a challenging stretch. The Bears’ game against Oklahoma (7-1) is their first against a ranked opponent this season — and the first of three in a row.

The Oregon (8-0)-Stanford (7-1) matchup is the de facto Pac-12 title game.

Father knows

The father of South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles says his son will leave school after his junior season to enter the NFL draft . . . North Carolina said senior quarterback Bryn Renner had surgery on his left shoulder for an injury that will keep him out the rest of the season . . . Florida offensive tackle Tyler Moore will miss the rest of the season following a scooter accident in which he broke his right elbow.

Nick Saban denial

Nick Saban says he’s ‘‘very committed to the University of Alabama.’’ The Crimson Tide coach was asked Wednesday about an AP report regarding his agent’s conversation in January about possibly replacing Mack Brown at Texas. An e-mail sent by former Texas Regent Tom Hicks says Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, indicated that the Texas job was the only one the coach would consider leaving Tuscaloosa for. Saban said ‘‘no one’s said anything like that.’’ . . . The NCAA put Chadron (Neb.) State on three years of probation and vacated 15 wins over two seasons after determining its former football coach had secret bank accounts and extra benefits for players at the Division 2 school.

Gold Helmets

Brown senior tailback John Spooney and Middlebury senior QB McCallum Foote (Newton) earned this week’s Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmets from the New England Football Writers. Spooney (232 yards rushing) had 93-yard and 94-yard TD runs in a 27-0 win over Penn. Foote (25 of 29, 332 yards passing) had more touchdowns (5) than incompletions in a 40-13 victory over Hamilton.

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