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Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 11:22 am
By Gary Parrish

I don't know whether Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has explicitly told the president of his university that he wants his athletic director fired. How could I? But I do know this: If Calhoun -- the most powerful man on campus, by far -- wanted to stop what appears to be the imminent buyout of Jeff Hathaway, he could. But Calhoun doesn't want to do that. So he won't. And that's why the quote he delivered to's Dana O'Neil seems silly and insincere.

"I don’t want to see anybody lose a job."

Really, Jim?

If that were true, Hathaway's job would be safe.

But the reality is that most believe the only reason Hathaway's job is in jeopardy is because Calhoun, for lack of a better word, hates Hathaway. That's the picture painted by almost everybody close to the Connecticut program -- including Hartford Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs, who described Hathaway as a "dead AD walking" while adding that Hathaway "never had a chance against the baddest man in Connecticut."

"I have nothing against anybody."

That's another quote Calhoun delivered to O'Neil.

It's also unbelievable.

But can you really blame Calhoun for thinking he can say something so absurd?

The man, just last season, basically got away with using a booster turned agent to buy a prospect, and then he won the national championship, too. So I completely understand why Calhoun thinks he can use his power to remove his athletic director while simultaneously claiming he has no interest in doing so. What I don't understand, though, is why anybody would believe Calhoun when he says he has "nothing against anybody" and doesn't "want to see anybody lose a job."

If that were true, Calhoun could stop this.

But I bet you all the money Josh Nochimson gave Nate Miles that he won't.

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Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:28 am

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

Hey maux,

  Just to clarify, the guys you named (Freeman, Ratto, Prisco, Doyel or Dodd, and Parrish) are not news reporters, they're columnists. Columnists write opinion pieces- that's what they do. You can agree or disagree, I disagree with this one, but their job is to write their thoughts and opinions. Same is true at ESPN, Fox and anyplace else. The diff is usually that a news item does not have the writer's name and an opinion piece does. Smae general rules apply for regular news and political news.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:14 am

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

We all should know Parrish by now. Gary abhors anything Big East. He is down for the struggle with Ohio State, the Big Ten, and John Calipari. He's been dogging Calhoun for some time. None of these writers at CBS are objective. Ever read Freeman, Ratto, Prisco, Doyel or Dodd? These guys don't want to report news, they want to make news, and shape public opinion. They're even worse at ESPN (Wojciechowski, Reilly), and the Fox staff is the absolute pits (Whitlock, Kriegel). They all have an agenda, and in most cases it's more political than sports oriented. Take it with a grain of salt. Some will tell you that these guys are always deliberately stirring the pot with outrageous columns designed to generate traffic and invite response. Web hits are what drive their advertising. This may be true to a point, but most of the time I believe these guys are more interested in shaping public opinion.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:25 am

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

First, please show an ounce of journalistic integrity and leave Jeff Jacobs out of this.  The guy despises all things UConn and hates Calhoun (and Auriemma too).  One day in the 90's Calhoun did not return a phone call and Jacobs began knocking Calhoun every chance he could.  Calhoun doesn't kiss the media's butt and many of you guys despise him for that.   Jacobs is the worst - he's laughingstock in Connecticut with no integrity.  We know you hate Calhoun too ("He bullies us media guys!!"), but please do your own research and don't reference an opinion piece as factual.

Second, why does Calhoun have to back Hathaway when he threw Calhoun under the bus?  The Ohio State AD may be a fool, but at least he backed his employee. Hathway did everything he could to direct blame away from himself and incriminate Calhoun.  I'm surprised Calhoun is being as nice as he is.  Besides, most people want Hathaway gone - the UConn athletic fund is in terrible shape despite the greatest performance on the field by all sports in its history, academics are down,  we had the recruiting issue, and he's totally blown the football program by losing Edsal and hiring a near-retirement Syracuse reject.  Is is all Calhoun's fault?  Show me a reason why Hathaway should stay besides that Calhoun doesn't like him.  The guy has not done a good job.  

And by the way, Nochimson didn't give Miles any money according to the NCAA report.  

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:22 am

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

I mean,  I have never seen such clear lack of ignoring the facts and trying to inject some sort of personal vendetta, than this smug cock-sucker Parrish has here with Jim Calhoun.   Let's review some important facts that you left out jackass.  Uconn's biggest booster Robert Burton asked for all his money back that he contributed to Uconn football ($3mm) because Hathaway screwed up the football coaching situation so bad.  Burton all but publicly said he wanted Hathaway gone.  WTF does that have to do with Jim Calhoun??  Calhoun should back an incompetent screw up AD??   Not to mention Hathaway threw JC under the buss in the NCAA investigation.  Hathaway never hired anyone for the vacant fundraising position in the athletic department as well.  In the end it's all about money dumbass.  If your biggest boosters (the one's that pay the bills) are asking for your head,  it will most likely be served up on a platter.  Parrish stop your blatant man hate for Jim Calhoun and your gay love fest for John Calipari,  it's quite nauseating.   Calhoun > Calipari.. last year just put the stamp on the letter and mailed it out first class.  Now go away.  

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:48 am

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

Good...  That prick Hathaway threw JC under the bus with the Nate Miles thing.   Told the NCAA he had never seen JC so "actively involved" in a kid's recruiting process.  Play with the fire and you get burned Hathaway.  Sorry 

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:44 am

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

more like, within 10 minutes, and i like how none of that; that being the main reason why he will be fired; was mentioned in the article,

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:05 pm

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

I don't believe Calhoun ever blamed Hathaway.

The fact of the matter is that his ass should have been fired within an hour of hiring Pasqualoni. 

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:46 pm

I blame him for my f-up...

Oh sure, this helps to clear alot of the story.  "You have my back, but I don't know you..."  This guy needs to get the axe himself.  He does not keep a handle on his own coaches, and blames the AD for it all.  If I had any respect for him at all, I'd have lost it; but that was gone long ago. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:04 pm

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

Step One: Grab your AD by the collar and seat of his pants.
Step Two: Wait for a bus.
Step Three: Throw AD.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:58 pm

Calhoun could stop all this, but he won't

Gary I am just curious how much longer you are going to go after Calhoun while you lay in bed with the likes of Calapari.  Did he do something wrong to you once.  Was he mean when you asked him a question?  What do you want the guy to say, he can't say..yes please fire the guy he sucks.  There is more to the story than what you are writting.  Hathaway has been AWFUL with raising money for the school.  He has done nothing for the new practice facility.  This isnt just about Jim, its about what is not happening at the school.  Get off your high horse Parish and go find someone else to write stories for with your own agenda in mind. 

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