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MANSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has hired a former NFL coach to the men’s basketball team who made national headlines for tripping a player.

UConn announced Wednesday it has hired Sal Alosi as the team’s director of human performance. The 41-year-old will replace Ed Streit, who was last season’s strength and conditioning coach.

Alosi was suspended and fined $25,000 by the New York Jets in 2010 after he tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a game.

He was later hired by the University of California, Los Angeles, where he got into a confrontation with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in 2015.

UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley says Alosi has learned from his experiences and will bring “intensity and toughness” to the team.

The details of his contract have not been released.