UConn suspensions produce lots of que...

UConn suspensions produce lots of questions

There are 4 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Jan 28, 2008, titled UConn suspensions produce lots of questions. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Last Friday evening, Jim Calhoun walked across the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott in South Bend, Ind., stopped in front of a half dozen beat reporters and told them that both Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins had ...

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Victor Gugliotti

Naugatuck, CT

#1 Jan 30, 2008
Leave it alone!!! You're acting like a bunch of spoiled children! All you reporters should concentrate your efforts on other then the actions of the players and coach for UCONN. You all seem to be driven by a personal vendetta to bring the team and it's Hall of Fame Coach down. I doubt very seriously if this type of behavior by you reporters would happen at Carolina, Duke, Kansas, or any other big time school! Your silly attempts to prove something is wrong, be it justified or not, is hurting our State School in it's recruiting efforts, as well as destroying the reputation of a fine coach. Join the real world and get a life!!!
ray brown

AOL

#2 Jan 30, 2008
calhoun has to go back to recruiting the good family kids he did in yesteryear------forget these idiots whose only goal in life is to throw a ball into a round hoop.my sons would give their right arms for a free uconn education.
Mark

West Haven, CT

#3 Feb 1, 2008
Honestly, just give the guy a break. He did the right thing in immediately suspending the kids. Especially considering how big these past two games were. He probably knew the facts and just didn't tell the media because he didn't want it to distract the rest of his players more than it had to. He knew reporters would want to snoop around and he wanted to prevent that until he could get into a more controllable environment in Storrs.
Hal

Morristown, NJ

#4 Feb 1, 2008
I would like to join those who wrote in before me to express my serious disappointment in your article. In my opinion, you appointed yourself a higher moral authority and from this self-appointed perch hurled ridiculous and undeserved criticism at Coach Calhoun.
I know very little about you so it would be incorrect to assume a particular self-aggrandizing motive for your criticism but I would suggest one could build a career more effectively with insightful reporting than with attention getting but undeserved criticism.
Let me make two points.
First, it is my belief that a person’s intentions are often more important than the results they produce. Trying to do the right thing and failing is far better than not caring but producing a random good deed.
Second, being in a competitive arena of any type and bringing to it enormous effort, skill, passion and camaraderie is deserving of considerable praise.
Jim Calhoun is someone who has in fact brought enormous effort, skill, passion and camaraderie with his players to the arena that is college basketball.
He is also someone who was trying to do the right thing in protecting the members of “his family”
I would suspect that the over-whelming majority of students at secular colleges have consumed alcohol while underage, I am certain my son and daughter did and I suspect you and/or those you care about have as well yet I or you would never, ever call them criminals for doing so any more than I would call you or I a criminal for exceeding the speed limit. Yet both are against the law as is jay-walking, littering and a host of other “crimes” which we commonly differentiate from other “real” crimes, such as rape, armed robbery, assault and murder.
My understanding of your article, and correct me if I am wrong, was that Coach Calhoun somehow committed a grand and unacceptable deception by saying that the two players suspension did not have anything to do with “grades” or “legalities.”
That is, in the maelstrom of emotion in which he is forced to function, he distinguished between the possession of a bottle of alcohol (read speeding, jay-walking and littering or “crimes” which we have all committed but rarely been punished for) and “legalities” or “real” crimes (read rape, armed robbery, un-armed robbery for that matter, assault or murder which few of us have committed but for which serious punishment is appropriate).
Once again, if you want us to read your writings and your bosses to look kindly on such, I would suggest more honest and empathetic writing in the future and would further suggest you might do better to respect this great coach rather than seeking to rise above him by tearing him down

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