- Aug 26, 2011
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I'm usually as sensitive as anyone when it comes to anti-Uconn reporting, but I didn't have much of a problem with this one. There's no denying that Uconn caught a break here with the schedule during Calhoun's suspension.
its like clock work... these writers really search for anyway to spin articles against Calhoun
I guess its easy to take pot shots at someone's ethics and not concern oneself if our own ethics are questionable. This is the beauty and danger of free speech. JC has two things that make him a target more than many other coaches. He's one of the top coaches in men's bb and he isn't charismatic. In this respect he emulates the coach he greatly admires, Bobby Knight.What bothers me most about this campaign against Calhoun is the utter lack of facts that are presented to "prove" he is unethical. It's taken as "gospel". The lie that Calhoun is unethical is repeated ad nauseum without supporting evidence. The mistakes made in the recruitment of Nate Miles does not make Calhoun unethical, it makes him human. I think JC's balance sheet is strongly weighted to the asset side; he has made a huge difference in his players live and has been very philanthropic. The contribution that the success of the basketball team has made to UConn and the State of Connecticut is off the charts. This smear campaign against one of college basketball's greatest coaches is very, very ugly.
Brennan said, "What happened? A little-used player named Michael Bradley forfeited his scholarship to make room for Drummond."
Is this official? I thought UConn was looking at other options and nothing has been finalized??
He got beat up quite a bit in the comment section. Good to see.response from brennan...
SubaruDan, I addressed this in the post. Did you miss these two paragraphs?
"Like most conferences, the Big East schedules with the help of a computer formula, which allows the league to factor in the games reserved for major TV networks like ESPN and CBS, the balance of both halves of the schedule, as well as other mitigating factors. (For example, no team may play more than four games in a row on the road.) The Big East constructed this year's schedule no differently than any other year.
"To be clear, that's the only fair way to handle such a matter. It's not the Big East's job to try and further punish Calhoun by scheduling games against top teams. Besides, asking the Big East to predict those games is folly anyway. (Maybe St. John's ends up being dynamic. Maybe Seton Hall is better than expected. You get the point.)"
JSideranko11: I don't see your point. I'm well aware Calhoun volunteered to serve his suspension last season. The NCAA declined. It apparently preferred to control its own punishment against Calhoun, rather than allow him to choose it, even if that choice would have been theoretically stiffer than the one that will eventually be meted out. That's their prerogative. Calhoun's punishment was never much more than a symbolic gesture; after all, he has missed games for health reasons before. It was never going to be a serious thing. But thanks to coincidence, it now looks less serious than ever.
To everyone else: I have nothing against UConn. For real! The point of this post is not to criticize the Huskies. It's simply to point out that the NCAA's penalties, when all is said and done, didn't turn out to be penalties at all. The three missed games never had any teeth, punishment-wise, but they seem especially useless now. And the scholarship reductions (both for the Miles/Nochimson case and the Huskies' APR hits) clearly don't matter, because UConn was able to juggle its 10 available scholarships to provide one to one of the top prospects in the country anyway.
Would I do this if I was UConn? Sure. But in terms of NCAA punishment -- for reasons both within and outside the NCAA and Connecticut's control -- the end result wasn't much of a punishment at all. That's the argument here. No axe to grind. Promise.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback (even if some of you were kind of mean). It's always appreciated.