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Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:41 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 12:45 pm
 


Posted by Matt Norlander

What if I told you, earlier this year Jim Calhoun offered to serve his three-game suspension from the NCAA as soon as possible, and the NCAA told him no? According to Calhoun, that's exactly what happened. The UConn coach went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning and stated he went to the NCAA, said he'd sit out three games this season rather than next (which is what the NCAA ruled as part of UConn's overarching punishment), only to be told he'd be punished next year.

"I haven't really discussed publicly too much about the NCAA," Calhoun said. "I volunteered ... this is the first time I've publicly have said this, to sit out games this year. Because I took full responsibility of anything that happened within my program. Whether I agree or disagree with the NCAA is not important. I am the head coach at the University of Connecticut, therefore I should take full responsibility for anything that happened. Their answer was "no," and I said, "All right, but I don't want to appeal anything," that's why I'm not going to appeal anything. They said no."

With that comment, if it's true, Calhoun makes the NCAA look even worse. What's the point of not punishing him immediately? Calhoun knew very well three games docked in late February/early March would've had more impact than the first three games of next season. The UConn sanctions were seen as light, considering everything that was involved in the Nate Miles scandal. It would've made the NCAA look a lot better to punish a coach immediately, rather than wait for next season, something it got killed for in the Ohio State football scenario as well.

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"The three games is fine," Calhoun said. "I would live with that. If they feel they need something that's penal, that's OK. But I would have liked to have done it at the end of this season, and I thought that would've been more fair. Because, why start it up next year? Again, it's been two and a half years."

The man makes a point that's hard to refute. Patrick then asked Calhoun directly if he was the one being punished here, or if it was more about his program, in general.

"I gave out three unauthorized tickets to people who told me they weren't coaching AAU and I made four impermissible calls," Calhoun said. "That's what I've been charged with."

To be fair, Calhoun's not taking full responsibility there, claiming ignorance about people who said they were something they weren't. But he did continue to own his mistakes, when in reality, this punishment still stokes his fires. Those close to the program know Calhoun believes, in his heart of hearts, he shouldn't be serving a three-game suspension.

Outside of this press release, Calhoun hasn't spoken much publicly about his team's violations, his suspension or given true reaction to the NCAA's punishment for him and his program. Somewhat out of nowhere, he decided to open up on Patrick's show. A credit to Patrick for getting the 68-year-old coach to divulge about this matter mere days after doing the unthinkable, winning a third national title with a team that wasn't ranked in the preseason.

"I've done this for 39 years," he said. "I know that I'm not warm and fuzzy to everybody, nor do I really care that people do or don't perceive me as that. I care if you talk to my former players, if you talk to the people who really know me. But I don't seek out to have everyone know me, either. ... I know what I've done, I know who I am, and I'm very comfortable with that. ... I'm responsible for anything that happens, whether I know or don't know."

Aside from the suspension talk, Calhoun also said he has every intention of coming back to coach next season. He wasn't definitive, but was very optimistic about returning, talking about his incoming recruits (UConn has a highly touted class) and the expected growth of Alex Oriakhi, Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

"Calhoun is STATING the facts. he was dinged for tickets and phone calls."
Hang on here, Dorky.  You're saying that the NCAA isn't being honest in its own press releases.  The NCAA states that UConn is being sanctioned for impermissible phone calls by the coaching staff, impermissible benefits (that's the $6,000+ Nate Miles received from Josh Nochimson while UConn was recruiting Miles), impermissible tickets to UConn games, failure on the part of Jim Calhoun to promote rule compliance with respect to recruit contact, and failure on the part of the UConn athletic department to monitor the behaviors of Calhoun and his staff.  Now if you want to get nitpicky and say the actual things that name Calhoun as a violator are limited to the tickets and the phone calls, then you're splitting hairs.

Look at the Yahoo Sports investigation that unearthed the phone records of the UConn basketball staff, Josh Nochimson, and Nate Miles through a freedom of information request.  They put together a timeline that showed Calhoun and his staff contacted and were contacted by Nochimson over 1,500 times during the recruitment of Miles.  Many of those calls took place within minutes of Nochimson talking to Miles and vice versa.  You can't act like that's a coincidence.  The guy gives Miles over $6,000 during his recruitment by UConn and is in daily contact with Miles and the UConn coaching staff-- often within minutes of each other.  Who in the hell was Nochimson working on behalf of?  Even if Miles signs with Nochimson when he gets to the pros, he has to wait at least a year or two of Miles playing ball at UConn before the payoff hits.

I read the report along with the research that went into it.  UConn is dirty, got caught, and got away with a slap on the wrist.



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

The games Calhoun is missing next season are the first three (3) Big East Conference games, not cupcake early season games.  Could very easily be 0-3 without Coach Calhoun on the sidelines... 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:45 am
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

<br /> Bowman, sounds like you don't know much about the case. The NCAA sanctioned UConn by taking away scholarships for 3 years and by limiting their recruiting. The suspensions are totally minor. The NCAA also did not establish ANYTHING that was claimed recently, nor by Wetzel in the original report, actually happened.  Calhoun is STATING the facts. he was dinged for tickets and phone calls. In fact, the Hartford Courant the day after the NYTimes and SLAM magazine reports came out, Miles did an interview where he stated he was just looking to get paid, and that the articles were full of inaccuracies--something that anyone who read the NCAA report could tell you. For one, he said Rip Hamilton's credit card was used to pay for his toe surgery. now, Hamilton had found out about Nochimson stealing money from him a whole year and a half before the toe surgery--but apparently he hadn't cancelled his credit card? Second, Miles was quoted as saying calhoun knew about the relationship but hadn't warned him to end it. Well of course Calhoun knew. he found out about it 3 years ago. He reported it to his AD and the NCAA compliance officers. They wrote letters to all the coaches, Nochimson and Miles, telling them to sever the relationship immediately. the letters were published in the Hartofrd Courant over 2 years ago.  So that's a bald-faced lie by Miles.  Three, Miles blamed the AD for tossing him out of school, without even mentioning that faculty and students expelled him for physically assaulting a girl and breaking his restraining order. Not mentioned in the NY Times article either.<br /> <br /> If people want to know what UConn did wrong, read the actual NCAA report.<br />




Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:45 am
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

Why is Calhoun getting a free pass when Tressel is nailed to the cross?



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:42 am
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

Bowman, sounds like you don't know much about the case. The NCAA sanctioned UConn by taking away scholarships for 3 years and by limiting their recruiting. The suspensions are totally minor. The NCAA also did not establish ANYTHING that was claimed recently, nor by Wetzel in the original report, actually happened.  Calhoun is STATING the facts. he was dinged for tickets and phone calls. In fact, the Hartford Courant the day after the NYTimes and SLAM magazine reports came out, Miles did an interview where he stated he was just looking to get paid, and that the articles were full of inaccuracies--something that anyone who read the NCAA report could tell you. For one, he said Rip Hamilton's credit card was used to pay for his toe surgery. now, Hamilton had found out about Nochimson stealing money from him a whole year and a half before the toe surgery--but apparently he hadn't cancelled his credit card? Second, Miles was quoted as saying calhoun knew about the relationship but hadn't warned him to end it. Well of course Calhoun knew. he found out about it 3 years ago. He reported it to his AD and the NCAA compliance officers. They wrote letters to all the coaches, Nochimson and Miles, telling them to sever the relationship immediately. the letters were published in the Hartofrd Courant over 2 years ago.  So that's a bald-faced lie by Miles.  Three, Miles blamed the AD for tossing him out of school, without even mentioning that faculty and students expelled him for physically assaulting a girl and breaking his restraining order. Not mentioned in the NY Times article either.

If people want to know what UConn did wrong, read the actual NCAA report.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:37 am
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

I can't believe a Kentucky fan would say anything about cheating.  The skeletons around that program won't even fit into a closet, both past and present. Kinda like Carter calling Obama a great president, just rings hollow.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:07 am
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

This whole series of comments by Jim Calhoun after he's coached a team to the National Championship reeks of a set up.  Let me put on my cynical-pessimist's hat and look at things this way.  The NCAA tells Calhoun they're going to suspend him but in a relatively minor way to close the books on the whole Nate Miles affair.  Calhoun offers up that he wants to serve the suspension and get it over with knowing full well that there was more the NCAA could have hit him and the program up for.  In his eyes, three games out and a closing of the case is a minor slap on the wrist.  The NCAA reminds him that they're pretty sure they could have gone after UConn for more violations and tells him to keep his mouth shut until after the Tournament.  Both sides agree to discuss the findings of the case at a minimum but announce that Calhoun will serve his suspension next season against teams like Quinnipiac and Our Holy Sister of the Lonesome Highways in early November games.  Calhoun can say he would have served the suspension during the season after the Tournament is closed and gets to look like he's being contrite and repentant.  Everybody wins.

Now to be fair, that's an extremely cynical view of things.  But look at Calhoun's other statements with the interview.  "I gave out three unauthorized tickets to people who told me they weren't coaching AAU and I made four impermissible calls," Calhoun said. "That's what I've been charged with."  That sure sounds like a man bitching about penny-ante things (which they are) and ignoring the whole issue with Nate Miles, Josh Nochimson, and cash being paid to Miles by a former UConn team manager who was introduced to Miles by the former assistant coach of UConn who now coaches at Quinnipiac.  The fact that the NCAA didn't pursue that further when they should have tells me they think they have bigger fish to fry than Calhoun right now and just want to sweep him under the table.  For Calhoun to turn indignant on the NCAA when they truly let him off the hook is pretty ballsy on his part.

This is a perfect example of why the NCAA is viewed as inconsistent and half-assed in who they go after and who gets the book thrown at them.  If they truly did their jobs and punished equally, monster penalties would have been handed down by now to Duke, UConn, Kentucky, Memphis, Ohio State, USC (in a much quicker fashion than it actually happened), and St. John's back when Mike Jarvis was flushing that program down the toilet.  But the NCAA can't do these things because it costs them money.  You can't have your bread-and-butter tv ratings programs on probation and out of tournaments or bowl games.  It all stinks and shows no signs of being cleaned up any time soon.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

Hey Norlander, you linked to a Yahoo article about the Miles scandal that was proven wrong on 99% of the issues. Read the NCAA report. They made less than 150 calls over the maximum, not thousands. It was 100 out of 10,000 calls. also, the assistant coaches were then exonerated by the NCAA because the investigative team uncovered inaccuracies in Wetzel's claims. If you're still going by the Wetzel article without reading the NCAA report, then what kind of journalist are you? Besides, Wetzel is on record in 2006 as getting a call from Calipari, his buddy from back when they were both back at UMass, where they conspired to set up Pitino at a press conference. Journalistic ethics? Are you taking after Wetzel?



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

Beat you in Maui, Beat you in Houston, your Coach has had all his Final Fours taken away by the NCAA.  Enuf said!



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Calhoun says he offered to miss games this year

This is just another example of how universities only care about winning... integrity means nothing anymore.
Integrity?   You do realize the NCAA has some of the stupidest rules because they are very greedy about their "non-profit" money they earn right? 


Just one example is the NCAA Basketball games that can't be made anymore because the NCAA bitched and complained about how real the graphics were and how names couldn't be on the games because they had to pay players a very small amount of the profit they actually earn for the university.  NCAA BB 2010 sucked.. and this year they won't even come out with a game because nobody will be able to make it like NBA 2k11 or something along those lines because the NCAA has stupid rules and retarded people running it. 

Coaches should be able to recruit year around. Why the NCAA doesn't allow this is beyond me. 


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