Tag:Jim Calhoun
Posted on: February 11, 2010 4:12 pm

Calhoun returns from leave of absence

Jim Calhoun has returned to his position of head basketball coach at Connecticut, the university announced Thursday.

"I am excited to return to the team and my coaching staff,” Calhoun said. “I appreciate the hard work by the staff and team in my absence and am looking forward to being back on the court for practice ... and moving forward. I am especially thankful to people for their support during the past three weeks, but also for the respect and privacy that everyone has provided me during this time. Dr. Schulman, my primary care physician, and I both felt that the time away was important for my personal and professional well-being and that I am ready to move ahead from this point at full speed."

Calhoun took a leave of absence Jan. 19 for medical reasons.

Connecticut was 3-4 while he was away.

The Huskies (14-10 overall, 4-7 in the Big East) play Cincinnati Sunday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 19, 2010 4:21 pm

UConn's Calhoun taking medical leave of absence

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is taking a medical leave of absence, the school announced Tuesday.

"It is my recommendation that Coach Calhoun take a medical leave from his coaching position to address some temporary medical issues, none of which involve any previous medical conditions that he has dealt with," said Connecticut Health Center physician Peter Schulman, M.D., who is described as Calhoun's primary care physician.

Calhoun has twice battled cancer in the past seven years.

UConn is 11-6 overall, 2-3 in the Big East.

Associate head coach George Blaney will lead the program in Calhoun's absence.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 14, 2009 12:04 am
Edited on: April 14, 2009 12:08 am

Funniest AP story ever?

Regardless of whether you're interested in Connecticut, you must read Monday's AP story on Hasheem Thabeet.


The 7-foot-3 center -- who officially remains undecided about whether to enter the NBA Draft -- spent the weekend in Miami, updating his Twitter account from courtside of a Heat game and an upscale restaurant (among other places) while giving the AP some great material for perhaps the funniest straight news story I've ever read.

At The Forge For Dinner!!! I didn't know food could be so expensive.... Ahhhh LOL!! Enjoyin MIAMi tho.. Fancy Life, Fancy Cars.... Mhmmm.

According to the AP, that was one of Thabeet's "tweets."

Here's another:

Swagga On A Zillion... Oewwwwww!!!! MIA-yooo Lets Go!!!!

That "tweet" was posted Sunday at 2:30 a.m.

I'm going to assume alcohol was involved.

If not, there's no excuse.

"He is definitely going to meet with the coach over the next couple of weeks," said UConn spokesman Kyle Muncy, who must hate his job at this point -- thanks to Jim Calhoun's health, Nate Miles' agent and Thabeet's adventures.

As for Thabeet's upcoming meeting with Calhoun, it should be brief and conclude with Calhoun insisting the sure-bet lottery pick get as far away from campus as possible, as soon as possible. Remember, to play college basketball you have to be an "amateur", and unless Thabeet has more expendable cash than any Tanzanian I know (actually, I don't know any Tanzanians outside of Thabeet, but you get my point) then there's no way his amateur status is still intact. Honestly, the notion is laughable, especially when you consider that Miles reportedly had an agent before he ever stepped on UConn's campus. So even if Thabeet now had a sudden urge to play one more year in the Big East, Connecticut couldn't afford to let him given the weekend's developments combined with the fact that the NCAA is already looking into allegations of impropriety within the basketball program.

In other words, as Cheese might say , Thabeet is gone, baby gone.

I suspect he'll be tweeting about it any minute.

Posted on: April 9, 2009 4:33 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2009 4:36 pm

Calhoun plans to return to UConn

Jim Calhoun has announced his intention to return to Connecticut next season.
"It is my full intention to return for the 2009-10 season,” Calhoun said in a statement released by the school. “I look forward to coaching next season and to continuing as the head coach at Connecticut into the future. In many ways, the journey of this past season has made me realize how much I love coaching this game, how much I love my kids and how much I enjoy being at Connecticut.”

Calhoun just completed his 37th season as a collegiate head coach.

This past season was marred by health concerns and an ongoing recruiting scandal.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:10 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 7:28 pm

Agents off campuses? Good luck, NCAA

The NCAA claims it's looking into the problem of agents on college campuses, an issue thrust into the spotlight this week because of a Yahoo! Sports story alleging an improper relationship between Jim Calhoun's Connecticut staff, a one-time recruit and an agent who also happens to be a former UConn manager.

If they look hard enough, what they'll find -- if they haven't already found it -- is that many of the "runners" working for agents in this era are former players or managers from elite college programs, and the reason is simple, because few coaches will shut their doors on a former player or manager, which means former players and managers have unique access to future draft picks. You see, it might look bad if a runner is hanging out after practice, taking players to dinner, buying beers, etc. But if that runner happens to be a former player or manager -- particularly a former player or manager who recently graduated -- then there's a natural disguise, and from the outside all anybody sees is a former player still hanging with his old teammates, or a former manager staying connected with his old program.

In reality, the former player or manager is employed by an agency.

So he's on the take.

And then when he takes care of the current players, they're on the take, too.

And then when the current players enter the NBA Draft, they go with the agency of the former player or manager.

And this is why it'll be impossible -- and if not impossible, then really, really difficult -- for the NCAA to keep agents and runners off of campuses, because college coaches can look in the mirror and tell themselves they're not doing anything wrong if all they're doing is letting former players or managers hang around their current players or recruits. Likewise, they pretend they're not really letting agents and runners into their program, just former players and managers. And that's a fine way to look at it ... right up until the point when it blows up, at which time you might find yourself heading into a Sweet 16 answering questions about a former manager who's bound to have your program on NCAA probation, and sooner rather than later.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:25 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2009 3:28 pm

More on Calhoun

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- There is no definitive explanation for what caused Jim Calhoun to miss Thursday's game with Chattanooga, but a source said it began with stomach pain. In reality, this could be nothing more than that, just stomach pain. But because Calhoun has twice battled cancer, anything out of the ordinary is taken seriously.

Could Calhoun miss additional games?


Will he?

That's impossible to say. But I can tell you that people close to the UConn program do not think Calhoun has coached his final game of the season, for whatever that's worth. The prevailing thought is that he's simply a 66 year-old man with a history of health problems who hasn't felt well much of the past 24 hours, but could feel better by Saturday or next week, if needed.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 19, 2009 1:33 pm

Calhoun won't coach vs. Chattanooga

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jim Calhoun will not coach Connecticut in its first-round game against Chattanooga today.

"Coach Calhoun has not been feeling well for the past several days and it is best that he not coach the team today for precautionary reasons,” said UConn Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Jeff Anderson

Assistant George Blaney will handle UConn's coaching duties.

Calhoun, 66, was treated for cancer last summer.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 30, 2008 8:03 pm

Calhoun's message: Listen to your body

Jim Calhoun has cancer.

That's bad news.

But the good news is that when he realized something wasn't right he immediately got it checked out, discovered the problem and addressed it in the best possible way, which is the one thing Calhoun seemed eager to mention over and over again during his Friday press conference, that though some men try to push through when bothered it isn't all that smart to ignore reality.

Calhoun knew he felt ill.

He knew something was wrong.

And he knew it wasn't going away.

So he asked for help and got it quickly.

"When something's going wrong you just don't think it's going to go away," Calhoun said. "You have to face it."

Calhoun is now facing it, and with any luck everything will turn out OK. The next few weeks will be tough, and anybody suggesting otherwise is lying to themselves. But the good thing about Calhoun is that he doesn't seem willing to lie to himself, not about his health. And it's that quality that'll give him a shot to coach at UConn again this November despite being dealt a setback that at this point seems obviously serious yet relatively small, at least compared to what it could've been if Calhoun would not have sought help so quickly.
Category: NCAAB
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