The Answer Is Still, 'Tough'

The Answer Is Still, 'Tough'

There are 50 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 10, 2007, titled The Answer Is Still, 'Tough'. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Jim Calhoun knows his mounting frustration, which is reaching heights that are foreign to him, is oozing out with his actions and antics.

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Massachusetts Husky

Mansfield, MA

#1 Dec 10, 2007
OK, Calhoun beraters. This article's for you. From the horse's mouth. At the very least, now you know his thinking (and his frustrations)...
richde

AOL

#2 Dec 10, 2007
The issue is the players and what Calhoun now has to pick from given the age of players going to the NBA early.

The truth is Calhoun is the same hard ass great coach trying to teach young men who are not ready to be their best.

I think Jim is going to have stop going after the NYC type players and begin to go after less gifted people who are willing to learn.

This is the new world of distilled college basketball, which is not the great game we had just five years ago.

I know I miss it and I'm sure Calhoun does along with the rest of us.

But it is late 2007 not 1997 and the Ray Allen type player is now going to the NBA out of high school and not going to college.

Jim must understand that there are people just not willing to be their best regardless of their God given talent.

Jim you know you can't teach heart but you can enyoy the legacy of the two national titles by bringing in kids with less talent and more heart.

Young men who will actually listen to you and enjoy getting better.

That's the best the game has to offer in 2008.
Bob Erickson

Gales Ferry, CT

#3 Dec 10, 2007
Coach Calhoun's behavior is NOT to be equated with that of a teenager--as the article suggests: it is the behavior of a bully boss in the workplace, punitive and demeaning--psychologically abusive. He is on the path to becoming our Bobby Knight He should step back--or step down. Perhaps he should retire--while we still respect him for his accomplishments.
David Gillett

United States

#4 Dec 10, 2007
I don't mind his berating but he needs to let them play some consistant minutes. They are playing scared, not playing with instinct.
rick

Yorktown Heights, NY

#5 Dec 10, 2007
Calhoun still doesn't get. It's everyones fault but his. He is the one who recruits these players, Must be just bad luck huh Jimbo. He continues to bring in players who have little interest in UConn or in getting an education. Their only goal is to spend the least amount of time there before getting the big bucks . The UConn basketball program has become a training camp for the NBA. Now that it is not working Jimbo is just sooooo frustrated with his team.
spanky

United States

#6 Dec 10, 2007
all this calhoun bashing (and that's all it is) will stop when we soar to the top of the big east. i see a lot of good things coming from this team. aj will emerge as the team leader calhoun craves.... adrian will come back and be the beast we've seen him be in the past... dyson will have an outstanding season.... robinson will blossom. and we'll all realize that calhoun is calhoun is calhoun. and we love him for it.
Huskies2324

Shelton, CT

#7 Dec 10, 2007
I think the whole Hall of Fame induction and the fact that UConn has the most players on NBA rosters really has gone to Calhoun's head. We are not trying to train US Navy SEALS...these are kids.

They do need strong directionand need to be clearly told when they have made a mistake so they can learn. What they do not need is public spectacles and Calhoun running out on to the court to demonstratively show up his prized recruits in front of the whole arena.

If Calhoun wants to keep getting good players he will have to check himself.
Willie from Manchester

Lehigh Acres, FL

#8 Dec 10, 2007
Jimmy c is one hard working irish kid who can take and give alike.
I like his style and so do the former players.
Hilton, became a man under Jim and Just ask him about it.
The Ncaa must change rules and keep kids in collage until they finish three years.
Only then with the coaches style change.
After all he make these kids pros in one year.
Who in hell else can do so much with so little.
Give the hell Jim
George-Trinity FL

AOL

#9 Dec 10, 2007
Jim Calhoun spends hours talking individually with his players.He gets to know them as people not just players.They develop a mutual trust that goes beyond basketball.
When he confronts or challenges them they know they are being challenged and motivated as basketball players.They also know that he wants the best for them as players,students and people.Do you remember the turn-out of former players of his at the Hall of Fame induction?That wouldn't happen unless there was this strong positive rapport.
This man and his family quietly do so much for this state.WE should appreciate what we have.
mclacasse

Meriden, CT

#10 Dec 10, 2007
Calhoun just needs to back down a hair thats all, when you're getting tee'd up and ejected from games thats just embarassing and he would'nt allow that from his players....then why would you yourself allow it to happen, to use your past accomplishments as justification to what you are doing is just plain wrong don't live on your past laurals just solidify what you've accomplished with a more solid work ethic and less antics
Bea Moore

Portsmouth, NH

#11 Dec 10, 2007
I think that the new rules are hindering coaches from getting their message to their players while on the floor. Therefore more timeouts are being "wasted" to talk to their players. Whils I don't like swearing, what goes on during a timeout is not the Refs business. This should be considered a private time for ALL COACHES with their players. I understand that Coach K is rather colorful on the sidelines, lets compare technicals by the end of the seaaon. Let Coaches coach and do not bleme the UCONN coaches for thier team, they are young and will come around. After 1999 it took a couple of years for the team to regain their "stance.'
Luke

Rocky Hill, CT

#12 Dec 10, 2007
I`m not jumping on or off the bandwagon, I`ve followed Uconn basketball for years now. I respect what he`s done for the program and the success but great coaches,motivators sometimes need to evolve. From Experience playing under my father on a successful team ,I can tell you he should give the kids more consistent minutes.Don`t necessarily yank them after every mistake.. Maybe after not hustling or after 3 or 4 same mistakes in a row you should pull them. Let them grow as players and play thru the mistakes. I agree with David Gillett, players play scared and nervous if you don`t walk the fine line of what Calhoun is trying to do..If he wants to make subtle changes, then maybe he should once and for all pick your five best guys, give them the minutes and back off a bit and you`d be surprised.
UCONN FAN

Bethany, CT

#13 Dec 10, 2007
Give them hell, Jim, enough with this political correctness nonsense.How quick the UConn fans turn when things aren't quite the same.I say thanks for all you've given us. These kids are given a free chance at an education and perhaps professional dreams.That's why the're here. You're probably the only person who has ever demanded anything from them. Pampered, spoiled and weak, is how I see these guys. Apparently, demanding performance is a thing of the past. Can't be too hard on the little darlings can we?
Only a girl

Yarmouth Port, MA

#14 Dec 10, 2007
Jim Calhoun is a Hall of Fame Coach, won two National Championships, blah blah blah. It isn't political correctness nonsense to be frustrated with his herky jerky handling of the players! David Gillett hit the nail on the head. These guys will never become a TEAM if they aren't allowed to learn to trust each other and develop a flow to the game.He can't force his players by sheer will to play well! He is acting like a spoiled tyrant who can't get his way. Terrorizing isn't working anymore, Jim.
Foozled

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#16 Dec 10, 2007
Just watched the 1995 gave vs Iowa on the Big 10 Classics and watched Coach rant and rave on the sideline...

Sorry to say I do see a difference this year in Coach Calhoun and that difference may be his increasing frustration with the players now not being able to match up with the talent levels of teams in the past.

It may be time to admit that the sophomore class just doesn't have the same talent level as teams of the past. Coach's frustration should maybe be with the judge of talent for this class....
loosing intrest

Chicopee, MA

#17 Dec 10, 2007
College basketball use to be so enjoyable to watch,now that its become big business and just a show case for a future in the nba, it is no longer enjoyable to watch. Its like watching a pick up game in the park.Nobody plays for the love of the game anymore.I as a taxpayer wish our money could be spent more on what most of these students go to uconn for.Maybe an actual education.
loosing intrest

Chicopee, MA

#18 Dec 10, 2007
Luke wrote:
I`m not jumping on or off the bandwagon, I`ve followed Uconn basketball for years now. I respect what he`s done for the program and the success but great coaches,motivators sometimes need to evolve. From Experience playing under my father on a successful team ,I can tell you he should give the kids more consistent minutes.Don`t necessarily yank them after every mistake.. Maybe after not hustling or after 3 or 4 same mistakes in a row you should pull them. Let them grow as players and play thru the mistakes. I agree with David Gillett, players play scared and nervous if you don`t walk the fine line of what Calhoun is trying to do..If he wants to make subtle changes, then maybe he should once and for all pick your five best guys, give them the minutes and back off a bit and you`d be surprised.
I agree, everytime a player make a mistake you see them look at the bench, waiting to be replaced.
Joe Grecco

United States

#19 Dec 10, 2007
The Coach is the Coach. His record says it all.

The article we have just read gives us an insight into his thought process. He acknowledges his tight rein and frustration with this team.(I'm sure the latter is a reflection of last years fade as well.)

I've only seen a couple of games here in the Detroit area. It is like watching playground hoops with the free lancing, wild drives, wilder shots, and not even a hint of organized offense throughout most of the game. There are flashes of good defense and, at times, some good energy. It is a team without a leader on the floor and no sense that anyone we've seen so far has that potential.

The Coach's mettle and patience are being tested. I support the Coach.

Go UConn!
Pete

South Windsor, CT

#20 Dec 10, 2007
Not everyone has had the opportunity to watch him work in practice. I have. I was shocked at the amount of positive encouragement he gives his players personally throughout a practice. What you see on tv or the sidelines is just a tiny percent of the interaction between player and coach. Don't you think in this day and age a player would have snapped on him by now in public if they didn't think he was looking out for their best interest. He has earned thier trust and has a great relationship with his players. I do agree the quick hook is something that may bother his players and cause them to play scared. I think he realizes that as well based on his comments about how they played better under Coach Blaney the other night.
The NCAA needs to calm down on the rules regarding coaches and their behavior on the sideline. Let the coaches coach and the officials referee. Good luck to both Coach Calhoun and this year's team. They look like they are about to get over the hump.
Class of 90

United States

#21 Dec 10, 2007
Calhoun's had the quick hook and loud mouth for years. I remember hearing him tell Tate George he couldn't guard a couch. Seems Tate got a nice contract in the NBA for his efforts. I'm sure due in no small part to Calhoun's teaching. He's been chewing players out with gusto since forever. It didn't seem to bother anyone when they were winning championships. Calhoun has the keys and I think he's earned enough good will in this state to run the program as he sees fit. I was at the game against Northeastern and I didn't see anything different in his approach. How has that worked out since 1986?

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