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Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 1:17 pm

By Matt Norlander

The New London Day reports it has sources claiming today, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, is the final day of employment for Jeff Hathaway as athletic director at Connecticut.

I'm setting the over/under on Jim Calhoun announcing his return as the coach of the Huskies for Monday at 4:15 p.m.

It's a buyout situation, of course. Hathaway's come to the end of the line, and if he doesn't take the deal then he'll officially be fired by UConn and its new president, Susan Herbst. The Day reports:

The sources said Hathaway will have until the end of business today to accept a buyout plan. If Hathaway does not accept one, he will be terminated.

The sources said Hathaway has asked for $3 million plus other bonuses. It was unclear what UConn has offered. Hathaway works under a six-year contract that rolls over yearly. His base pay, according to the university, is $351,717 with another approximately $600,000 annually for speaking engagements and other duties.

Hathaway's job performance was recently subjected to a "360 evaluation" by MGT of America. The report, which the sources said reveals mostly unflattering opinions about Hathaway from more than 30 people interviewed, is due today.

Hathaway had long been rumored to be on his way out. There are a number of reasons for it, but Calhoun's insistence were chief among them. To say Calhoun detests Hathaway would not be out of bounds; the long-frosty relationship between the two has been public knowledge for awhile now.

With Hathaway leaving there's a spot open at one of the top basketball programs in the country. It's an interesting and challening job. Calhoun will be gone within three years, so going forward, it's quite a gig to take. The person coming in will have to handle Calhoun's ego and the expectation of hiring a big-time men's basketball coach to Storrs, Conn., which is in the middle of nowhere. Calhoun will want a coach on staff to take over, while the boosters and fanbase will likely expect and/or want a national time to take the reigns once Calhoun leaves.

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Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:56 am

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

"Middle of nowhere" is a ridiculous comment.  Of course, he's probably never been to New England in his life and is more familiar with the "Metropolises" in the Big Ten (12) and Big 12 (Ten for now.) Apparently Hathaway was no friend of either Calhoun-who is a tremendous coach but a complete @$$, or Edsall while he was there.  And I would agree with those who say that his predecessor, Lew Perkins, should get the credit for the incredible success the Huskies have had in recent memory. 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:46 am

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

> greatest coach that ever lived

Calhoun greatest coach ever? Not really a stretch considering:

1) Greatest coach ever in the greatest conference ever
2) Three national championships in four final fours (6-1 record)
3) Only coach to consistently out-coach Coach K, who could be the greatest
4) Without question, the greatest program builder of all time (worst to first for a program)
5) Presided over what will go down arguably as the best program in the past 20 years (say, 1994-2014 when he retires) 
6) One of the best NCAA tournament records of all time (48-14 at UConn), only lost one first round game ever (in overtime)
7) His 77.4% winning percentage in the NCAA tournament (at UConn, not including Northeastern) is better than any other active coach except Coach K, who just sqeaks by at 77.5%. 

Now I'm not saying he is the greatest coach ever.  But he's in the conversation.  You could argue using the above that he's better than Coach K, Bobby Knight, or Dean Smith.     

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:18 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

I'm pretty sure that's a cloven foot on the elbow of Calhoun in the picture above....what a scumbag that guy is. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:11 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

Calhoun = Calipari =  Slimiest coaches in college basketball. 

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:10 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

Who ever wrote this article has no idea what is going on at UConn and the state of CT.  Everyone knows that Kevin Ollie is being groomed for the job and is behind it.  We want to keep it in the UConn family and not some outsider to come in.  CBS idiots

Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:21 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

"Shut up you tool." Well now that just clinched your argument, didn't it! Calhoun has done some very impressive things. We love him in CT (well, most of us do) but he's not the greatest coach ever. Great, definitely, greatest, not yet; now if he were to win this coming season and the one after... no, I won't cover the bets on that.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:12 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

"In the middle of nowhere"??  I would say anywher in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, etc is in the middle of nowehere. How about Syracuse. Halfway between NYC and Boston, 45 minutes and your on the coast, add an hour to that you're on the Cape.  Shut up you tool.

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:02 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

Hathaway is getting out before the next UCONN scandal hits.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:57 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

When comparing Calhoun to Coach K of Dude or Dean Smith of North Carolina you need to remember that Calhoun accomplished what he did at UConn.  Before Calhoun, nobody even knew that UConn had a basketball team.  So to create a team that is consistantly considered a national power in the mold of Kentucky, Duke, NC etc. is an great tribute to the man. 

Like him, hate him, I don't care, but he deserved credit for a lifetime of job well done.    

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:40 pm

Report: Today is Hathaway's final day at UConn

Cal has never been to a Final Four with the exception of Kentucky.Go ahead you can look it up.

Didn't have to...Cal has taken three teams to the Final Four UMASS 96, MEMPHIS 08 and KY 11. True, the NCAA Investigators arrived shortly after each of these...and evenually took the banners down, but give the sleazy, cheating scumbag credit. He can get just about any team to an elite level. That he gets there without scruples is also true. Can't believe that people didn't make a bigger deal about how he fought time and again to get Kanter into school, despite knowing that the kid was paid (alot more than the amateur limit) while playing in Europe. Coach Cal gets results...with an utter disregard for the rules. He and Kentucky are a perfect fit.

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