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It is July. Jim Calhoun, please stop posturing

Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:43 pm

By Matt Norlander

As if we ever believed Jim Calhoun in the first place.

The 69-year-old UConn coach told the media in mid-May that he'd take a family vacation in June, and it was then that he'd decide whether or not to come back to coach the Huskies for another year.

Well, June's come and gone and we still have no official word from Calhoun. He very well may have made up his mind. It's just not gone public yet. The fact we have no news probably means good news for UConn fans that want Calhoun back -- because he's coming back. He has to be. Going this long into the offseason, with the ever-critical July recruiting period beginning tomorrow, and on the heels of Jeremy Lamb putting 35 on Lithuania earlier this afternoon ... the man will be back on the sidelines next year. Right?

So let's get on with it and just make it official already. It's gotten to the point where UConn's new president has, for the second time, publicly supported the Hall of Fame coach's return and ... wait ... there's another vacation on the horizon?
Susan Herbst said Tuesday she has told the 69-year-old Hall of Famer that she loves having him in the job, and that his achievements as a coach and philanthropist inspire the UConn community.

He says he is not setting a deadline for himself to decide on whether to retire, and probably will not make up his mind until after a family vacation this month in the Caribbean.
I'm not privy to the Calhoun family travel plans, but who knows where the wires got crossed. Did the man take a vacation a few weeks ago and just sort of forget to write down the pros and cons? Nothing like a Caribbean trip to really get a guy's mind in order though, right? Was there no vacation in June, and if so, what was Calhoun doing? I know he golfed in the Pro-Am at the Travelers in Cromwell, Conn. I digress.

At this point, Connecticut needs Calhoun more than vice versa. It's been that way for awhile. Calhoun will never end a season as thrillingly, successfully, unexpectedly and triumphantly as 2011. It'd be best for him to retire. But that doesn't look like it's happening. At least I don't think it does. We're approaching a Favre-like spectrum of deliberation with Calhoun. I know, I just shuddered for a second there, too.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:46 am

It is July. Jim Calhoun, please stop posturing


Most. Pointless. Article. Ever.

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:42 am

It is July. Jim Calhoun, please stop posturing

WOW. Nice work Matt. You have just lost whatever credibility you may have had. 

Did you just compare a 3 time National title winning coach to a washed up pain pill popping drama queen ?

Must be a slow summer for you.

Instead of focusing on what a tremendous run he lead his team on, you decide to create a story.

Matt = FAIL  

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:42 am

It is July. Jim Calhoun, please stop posturing

This article is just strange. Why would anyone write "It'd be best for him to retire"? Calhoun has been absolutely wonderful for both UConn and the state of Connecticut. He built up a program from a perennial also-ran in the Big East to a 3-time national champion. The longer he stays, the better for UConn and college basketball.
The comparison to Favre shows a real inability to think logically. Favre was ridiculed because he flip-flopped, whined about his mistreatment, and played to the press - not because of thoughtful deliberation. Calhoun has been clear and forthright the whole time. He has not gone back on his word once. He has not tried to leverage a better deal. He has not whined. And he just won the national championship. Let's give the guy a few months to make up his mind.

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