UConn's Offseason Filled With Questions

UConn's Offseason Filled With Questions

There are 121 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 6, 2009, titled UConn's Offseason Filled With Questions. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

It has been an interesting chapter in UConn history, both draining and inspiring.

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Mike

Woodbury, CT

#1 Apr 6, 2009
The negative crowd loves it. Think about a January day when it is 18 and a wind chill of -20. And UConn can't even compete with Maine.
Riverman

Purcellville, VA

#2 Apr 6, 2009
Time marches on, and if Coach C decides it's time, it's time. Bigger question is who will the committee replace him with. Hopefully Blaney will have that nod.

“Concerned citizen”

Since: Oct 07

West Hartford, CT

#3 Apr 6, 2009
Let's not put the cart before the horse. Let's give Coach a chance to deside whether he will retire or not before determining who his successor will be.
Joe

United States

#4 Apr 6, 2009
Calhoun, thank-you for the good times, but it's now time to go. When you make a statement that you would have retired if your team won the national championship, but now your not going to, that's irresponsible.

Calhoun should face the fact that of all the games in the tournament that UCONN played, the team played the best in the one that George Blaney coached. Enough said!
Rich-New Haven

Gales Ferry, CT

#5 Apr 6, 2009
Blaney is experienced and could pitch to recruits that he worked with Calhoun and would continue the system. But, not that it applies to him personally, but unfortunately, some of the other assistants could be touched by the NCAA probe and they might have to step down. This could hurt recruiting because established assistants also appeal to high school kids.

Blaney is on the older side and the better pitch is for a younger coach or well-regarded assitant/recruiter with a high profile name who might be there for a while.

Arizona had an assitant Kevin O'Neill who played in the pros and who at one time was considered there. An experienced assitant-recruiter type with NBA experience would not be a bad fit since he could tell recruits what it takes to play in the NBA.

Maybe someone on Kansas coach Bill Self's staff or on Roy Williams' staff might be available if they go this route.

A succesful existing coach at another university is also an option. Those coaches usually initiate the calls at that time.

We'll see what happens. All this is just speculation now.

Whoever was chosen would have to have a gregarious personality type to be able to hobnob with the University officials and alumni and all that public relations stuff. That is where Gillespie at Kentucky failed.

Time will tell.
Pete

South Windsor, CT

#6 Apr 6, 2009
Coach Calhoun has done another terrific job this year and deserves some time to reflect and relax. Knowing him he wont take much time and is probably back at work preparing for next season. As far as the allegations go, lets wait and see what comes out of the Ncaa inquiry before anyone jumps on the negative bandwagon. The man has done a lot for the state and the many players he has coached.
Its time

Hartford, CT

#7 Apr 6, 2009
Seriously, jim, please go! Don't over stay your welcome. Don't want to see you rocking back and forth and drouling on the bench! The time is now!!!
Keith

Newington, CT

#8 Apr 6, 2009
Please retire!!!!!!!!!!
DumbIdeaDetector

Bristol, CT

#9 Apr 6, 2009
Sit down and SHUT UP. He ain't goin' nowhere.
FREDDYKOOL

Palm Coast, FL

#10 Apr 6, 2009
fk COACH, I HOPE YOU STAY AND DO WHAT YOU LOVE FOR AS LONG AS YOU WANT TO. I AND UCONN NATION LOVE YOU. THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR CONNECTICUT AND MAKING BASKETBALL AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING SPORTS ANYWHERE. U DA MAN!!!!!!
Gampel Rafters

Bronx, NY

#11 Apr 6, 2009
Calhoun you built this program and gave the CT people so much to enjoy the last 15+ years. I am hoping you stay!

More memories to be made!!!
Real Change

Rocky Hill, CT

#12 Apr 6, 2009
I love the idiots that want Jim out? They are probably the one's that were crying when UCONN was getting beat by the Sun Belt Conference schools. Jim built the program, made it into a winner, and deseves the opportunity to decide for himself.
Marjorie

South Yarmouth, MA

#13 Apr 6, 2009
Mike wrote:
The negative crowd loves it. Think about a January day when it is 18 and a wind chill of -20. And UConn can't even compete with Maine.
UMaine beat Hartford, Princeton, N Illinois this past year - I doubt Connecticut could compete with them now, unless it's a competition to see which team has the most felony charges and NCAA violations against them - then, UConn "rules". I just hope UConn cleans house and brings in a respectable head Coach who emphasizes academic success.
Dicky

Stamford, CT

#15 Apr 6, 2009
"Coach who emphasizes academic success." is this a joke? get a clue marjorie, go support Trinity if thats what you think is important. Kudos to Maine on beating Hartford by the way, one of the worst teams in D-1
Josh

Rocky Hill, CT

#16 Apr 6, 2009
Marjorie wrote:
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UMaine beat Hartford, Princeton, N Illinois this past year - I doubt Connecticut could compete with them now, unless it's a competition to see which team has the most felony charges and NCAA violations against them - then, UConn "rules". I just hope UConn cleans house and brings in a respectable head Coach who emphasizes academic success.
your Joking right??..Whether Calhoun retires or not Uconn is still a top tier program and has good talented team for next year that will still make the NCAA tournament..Can`t compete with Maine now??....What are you smoking!!!!
One More Year

Hartford, CT

#17 Apr 6, 2009
Its time wrote:
Seriously, jim, please go! Don't over stay your welcome. Don't want to see you rocking back and forth and drouling on the bench! The time is now!!!
My advice to you: Shut Up!
chris

Dearborn, MI

#19 Apr 6, 2009
There's no way he's not coaching next year. when he decides to retire it will be a year before the change is made. Calhoun, Hathaway, and the rest are not stupid. They will plan so the transition is smooth. Mark my words.
JDOGG

Hartford, CT

#20 Apr 6, 2009
Riverman wrote:
Time marches on, and if Coach C decides it's time, it's time. Bigger question is who will the committee replace him with. Hopefully Blaney will have that nod.
There is no chance Blaney will be the coach. UCONN is too big of a program now to hand it over to a relative unknown who's even older than Calhoun. That would not be good for recruiting.

They will go after a big name coach in a big name conference. Think Jeff Capel, Billy Donovan, Sean Miller (not a big conference, but an up-and-coming coach), Travis Ford, etc. Blaney would definitely be the successor if this were 1988, but not now, as much as Calhoun may push for him. I'm not sure Blaney would even want the job at this stage of his career anyway.
Its time

Hartford, CT

#21 Apr 6, 2009
One More Year wrote:
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My advice to you: Shut Up!
When can we meet to discuss your comment??
thetruth

Peabody, MA

#22 Apr 6, 2009
DON'T RETIRE JIM. You've built this amazing program from absolute scratch. You're the best damn coach in this nation. Keep coaching Jim!!!

You jealous insignificant low-life losers who don't understand basketball from calculus shut your mouths and get a damn life. Stop being jealous Calhoun is in the Hall of Fame, has two national titles, three final fours, and is rich while you live pathetic insignificant lives that no one cares about.

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