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Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: September 19, 2011 11:25 am

By Jeff Goodman

Jim Calhoun's line: UConn needs to worry about UConn.

"We have a lot to offer," Calhoun told on Monday morning. "We're very attractive now. This isn't 25 years ago."

Calhoun went onto talk about the national championships, the continued growth and success of the football program and the location of the school in regards to its media coverage from New York to Boston.

"It's a different world now here," he said.

Calhoun wouldn't talk specifically about the possibility of UConn heading to the ACC (he said he'll leave that to UConn president Susan Herbst), but he sure sounded like a guy who knew his program was in for a change.

Multiple sources have confirmed ESPN's report over the weekend that UConn is in serious discussions to go to the ACC.

"What UConn needs to do is put it head down and take care of UConn," Calhoun said. "Do what's best for us - just like everyone else needs to do what's best for their institution."

Calhoun, 69, sounded upbeat about the potential change of conference home.

"I'd face any challenge. Anywhere," Calhoun said. "Line 'em up and let's play them. I'd be excited by it."

My sense is that Calhoun would welcome the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with Coach K and Roy Williams and Duke and North Carolina as his career winds down.

That may not have been the case a year ago, when the Huskies appeared to be on the downward spiral, but now after a national title - and the addition of the program's best recruiting class in a while - Calhoun's swagger is at an all-time high.



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:03 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

I live in CT and want them to go away! I only wish this was a relocation of the entire school. It's very annoying living around a bunch of front runners, many of whom couldn't tell you the difference between a basketball and a football. Elmer Fudd, I mean Jim Calhoun can go rot!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:01 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

The ACC is going to be a fun basketball conference to watch this year and many more to come!  I am ok with the big 12 giving up their big monday games and having the ACC having 2 games on TV. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:51 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

You forgot a couple:

Ray Allen accepting $200 cash and a beeper from an agent to make an appearance at a youth basketball clinic

Uconn buying Rudy Gay's LOI for $25K through an arrangment for an exibition the Beltway Ballers

Uconn continuing to pursue Doug Wiggins even after he committed to St Johns.

Antric Klaiber arrested twice for DUI.

Nice resume!!!!!!!!!!!         

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:40 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:26 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

This is what UConn would bring to the ACC:

1996: NCAA strips UConn of three NCAA Tournament wins and orders the return of $90,970 for Kirk King and Ricky Moore illegally accepting gifts.
1999: Khalid El-Amin arrested on drug charges.
2003: Mike Hayes arrested on drug charges.
2004: Clyde Vaughn (assistant basketball coach) arrested for patronizing a prostitute.
2005: AJ Price and Marcus Williams arrested on larcency charges.
March, 2005: Antonio Kellogg arrested on drug charges.
April, 2005: Antonio Kellogg arrested for criminal intent to assault a police officer.
2006: UConn coaches called recruit Nate Miles 27 times in December. NCAA rules allow one call per month at most to recruits.
2008: Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins fail random drug testing.
2008: Nate Miles expelled for violating a restraining order.
2009: Yahoo Sports reports ex UConn student turned agent Josh Nochimson provide recruit Nate Miles transportation, lodging and meals in violation of NCAA rules.
2010: Kemba Walker announces he finished reading his first book while attending UConn.
2010: UConn spends $338,000 on lawyers in relation to the NCAA probe.
2011: Jamal-Coombs McDaniel arrested on UConn campus for drug possession.
2011: NCAA informs UConn of 8 recruiting violations in the Nate Miles case. Nate Miles is currently living in poverty in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio.
2011: NCAA puts UConn on notice and is sanctioned for subpar performance on the NCAA APR (academic performance report)
2011: Jim Calhoun is given a suspension for 3 Big East games for knowingly allowing a booster and certified NBA agent to participate in the recruitment of Nate Miles and to make prohibited financial contributions.  UConn is given a reduction in scholarships over 3 years as well as recruiting restrictions.
2011: UConn Administration approves the transfer of an existing scholarship from student athlete Michael Bradley to allow Andre Drummond to become eligible to play.
2011: UConn currently graduates 31% of its men's basketball players. By comparison, Notre Dame is at 90%, Villanova at 90%, North Carolina at 88%, Duke at 83%.

On second thought, I guess they would bring a lot to the ACC.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:26 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

Does Calhoun intend to offer a seminar to ACC schools on how to buy players and get away with it? NCAA basketball's cheater-in-chief has perfected the tactic over the years and has learned how to get away with it (don't make direct payments, but shovel the cash to agents, advisors, etc.). Calhoun is a disgrace and no conference should accept any school that he's associated with.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:19 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

Dear Uconn, between UNC, Miami and GaTech, we already have enough cheaters.  but thanks for the interest. Signed, the ACC

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:10 pm

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

I HATE all this conference realignment BS...but the Big East is all but dead as a BCS league.  UConn needs to get out while the getting's good.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:59 am

Calhoun: 'UConn needs to take care of UConn'

"It's a different world now" Calhoun said.  "What UConn needs to do is ut it's head down and take care of UConn."

You know....of all the crap I have read about realignment, this article is about as real as it gets.

I'd face any challenge.  Anywher, "Calhoun said.  "Line em up and let's play them.  I'd be excited by it."

Say what you want.  IMO Coach Calhoun is a real coach and is again taking care of business. 

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