Quote of the Day

“My best advice to you is, shut up.”

–UCONN coach Jim Calhoun, when asked why a basketball coach is making $1.6 million in tough economic times. Calhoun and women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma are among the highest-paid state employees.

Calhoun later defended himself by stating that the program brings in $12 million to UCONN coffers.

UPDATE (Gabe):

http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3925051

h/t bluedawg in the comments.

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44 responses to “Quote of the Day

  1. I wonder if Calhoun is willing to take a forlough day?

  2. Anyone who remembers the $32 pitchers of orange juice knows that the program also costs $12 Million per year. At that time, the proponents were left to talking about how this “upper class” basketball program helps with alumni fund raising. The same goes for the women’s program.

    I think that the football program is a money loser though.

  3. “My best advice to you is, shut up.”

    He always did have a way with words.

  4. AndersonScooper

    Such leadership.

    Why not give back a $100,000 or two?

    Or he could have said, “just raise my taxes…”

  5. Calhoun is right. I hope you all take his advice. If everybody who gets a check from the state contributed what Calhoun does just in terms of dollars, we’d be in great shape.

  6. ESPN has the video http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3924716

    It’s pretty funny.

  7. Tough for me to take sides here because I think Ken does a lot of great stuff convering Hartford politics & working with inner-city youth. But he’s way, way, WAY off base here.

    For one thing, before Jim Calhoun & Geno Auriemma the athletic department ran a defecit. It took money from the general funds to run the program. The program has now been, for a very long time, thanks to their efforts, self-sufficient. Instead of taking money from the general fund, the program pays for itself. In a sense, the coaches have made the school money by taking the whole department out of the general fund.

    Another irony is that one of the biggest supporters of liberal causes in the state, the ones Ken fights for, is in fact Jim Calhoun, who has hosted numerous Democratic fundraisers throughout the state for 20 years.

    Also, this wasn’t journalism, it was an ambush. For one thing, no journalist calls themselves what Ken did at the press conference- “The Last Respectable Journalist” or something like that. For another, he had his story before he walked in the room and wasn’t going to let the quotes change it. He knew perfectly well what Calhoun would say, and picked the USF game likely because he knew it’d be the one with less media scrutiny and thus less competition for questions, unlike the Pitt and Notre Dame games. It’s very transparent.

    The thing that further peeves me is that Ken has been on a mission to go after UConn athletics over the past few months. (pardon the awful formatting):

    -He went after Caron Butler- a guy who literally cries every time he’s asked about how Jim Calhoun affected his life, because he more or less saved it http://www.the40yearplan.com/pdf/Echoes_February_2003_PDFs/Wilfredo_Dejesus_and_NBA.pdf

    -Respectfully went after the Athletic Director in an open forum asking good questions but to fit his own story http://www.the40yearplan.com/article_112208_honchos_say_Dont_pay_college_athletes.php

    -Going after UConn football players ON THE FIELD of the International Bowl http://the40yearplan.com/article_010608_UConn_Football_Professional.php

    -Today’s incident http://the40yearplan.com/article_022109_Calhoun_and_Comcast.php

    In each case, Ken tries to play the martyr, but all he looks like is a selfish nutcase.

    As I started out by saying, I agree with Ken on most issues. He’s confronted issues in Hartford that too many people have ignored for far too long. But his handling of UConn athletics lately is completely inappropriate and undermines everything else he does in the eyes of the public.

  8. AndersonScooper

    Watching this on ESPN, I’ve got one question for Coach Calhoun,

    “You’re not really that stupid, are you?”

    What an arrogant duck. If Calhoun wants facts, here’s one: Connecticut is facing a multi-billion dollar budget gap, and hundreds if not thousands of hard-working CT families are about to face layoffs, massive unemployment and welfare lines.

    And Coach’s response? “Not one dime!

    I believe Jim Calhoun’s ego is close to rivalling Jim Amann’s, in terms of sheer arrogance.

  9. What an arrogant duck. If Calhoun wants facts, here’s one: Connecticut is facing a multi-billion dollar budget gap, and hundreds if not thousands of hard-working CT families are about to face layoffs, massive unemployment and welfare lines.

    Here’s another one- he earns his salary in terms of revenue production at a rate that dwarfs any other state employee. He’s only a state employee via technicality, as the athletic department pays for its own expenses with its own revenue stream, the massive surplus of which has greatly enhanced the University of Connecticut.

    There’s plenty of blame to go around for the budget shortfall. Why are we gonna go after one of the few people who’s earned their salary?

  10. AndersonScooper

    Didn’t Governor Rell talk about “shared pain, and shared sacrifices”.

    I guess Calhoun missed that speech, just like Lt. Governor Mike Fedele.

    This isn’t about blame. It’s about leadership or the lack thereof. Have Calhoun and Fedele become so well-off that they completely miss the economic pain that is affecting families across Connecticut.

    Someone please tell me why it is taboo to suggest that the most fortunate among us might ought to give back 5-10% of their income? Heaven forbid that Coach Calhoun subsist on merely $1.4 or $1.5 Million?

    PS– BristolDem, Governor Rell said it best. “Shared pain and sacrifice.”

  11. The guy’s probably made a much bigger contribution to charities in this past year- not to mention getting Democrats elected- than any state official.

  12. so let’s see. we want him to take a furlough, we want him to give back because he’s a state employee and we also want to throw a millionaires tax at him. he’s giving back just as much as every other citizen so far. why does he have to give more, because he’s a state employee. gimme a break. also, ken needs to get a grip. even the press is laughing at him. he thinks he’s above it all, but he’s only making himself look worse and worse with these types of stunts. it’s ruining any shred of credibility that he may have left as a “journalist” (now that’s a laugh)

  13. I think that the football program is a money loser though.

    The football program actually turns a profit, according to Andy Baylock, the former baseball coach who is now a liaison for UConn’s football program.

    If a press conference isn’t the appropriate time to ask a question of a public figure, exactly when is the appropriate time?

    At this point, I am used to the personal attacks. Once again, my identity as a photographer is called into question – the proof is posted on my website.
    The level of viciousness (more than 50 emails telling me to die, etc.) seems to correlate directly with the level of truth that the situation reveals. Maybe I interpret it incorrectly. But this seems to have struck a chord.

    This is not about me, but it is easier to make it about me. Why else would the AP dredge up InaugurellGate? All the talk about Calhoun owning me is shooting the messenger, and it ignores the substance of my question. University professors have been scolded for double-dipping on pensions and salaries. Calhoun is the highest paid state employee, and he has private endorsement contracts with corporations like Comcast, the details of which he refuses to divulge. Is he double dipping?

    These deals originate from Calhoun’s affiliation with a public school, and from the achievements of young men who will never taste the profit Calhoun has. He runs a minor league franchise, a feeder team for the NBA. We need to call it what it is. Anything less is intellectual dishonesty.

    He called me stupid and told me to shut up on national television. I was neither rude to him, nor did I raise my voice. I asked a question. We call his response civil discourse? He is the best national representative for the state of Connecticut that we can find?

  14. Still sorting out my reaction to Ken’s approach on this one. There’s a place for the bomb-throwers of the world and they often serve to shine a light on things most of us would rather ignore. However, lately Ken has been taking on the “good guys” for not being perfect enough.

    My immediate reaction to the news coverage of this event, however, is to note the atempts to marginalize him by making him look like a border-line terrorist nutcase. They all mention the Rell inaugural incident but say nothing about the State Police’s profiling and targeting of him. The Courant report on the Calhoun incident was especially eggregious on this count.

    Ken, I like you but I don’t think I’ll be standing next to you at any future events. The bullseye on your back just got a lot bigger!

  15. The football program actually turns a profit, according to Andy Baylock, the former baseball coach who is now a liaison for UConn’s football program.

    The football program turns a “profit” if you don’t include the true cost of the stadium and training facility (which was partially paid for with private funds, but the taxpayers put up the majority).
    It’s all a matter of accounting, but the taxpayers are paying almost 100% of Rentchler Field. If the financing costs of these facilities were accounted for as an operating cost of the program, there’s no way it’s profitable.

  16. Asking Jim Calhoun to take a pay cut is one of the most asinine conversations in the history of this blog, and that’s saying a lot.

    Based on the merits, the man is underpaid. He is the best college basketball coach in America, and he has earned every one of the dimes he won’t give back. Further, what he has contributed to our state university (compare the level of UConn’s endowment, and the public attention paid to the university, before he arrived versus today), and to our state (literally millions of people follow UConn’s teams), is unparalleled.

    Honestly, this discussion is a lesson economics for all of you. If you ask Jim Calhoun to take a pay cut, he’ll walk, either to another school or to the NBA. To remain competitive, and therefore economically viable, UConn will have to pay a new coach more than what it pays Calhoun, or it could hire someone for less, and probably take a nose dive — all because Ken and Ed think he’s overpaid. That’s absurd. The man is not required to stay at UConn.

    Someone please tell me why it is taboo to suggest that the most fortunate among us might ought to give back 5-10% of their income? Heaven forbid that Coach Calhoun subsist on merely $1.4 or $1.5 Million?

    I think that’s a great idea, and I’m sure Jim Calhoun would agree. However, the IRS insists on taking 35% of it and the state takes another 5%.

    Liberals amaze me. Your envy of success, and your sense of entitlement to something that you haven’t earned, is downright frightening.

  17. I hesitate to post on this thread because mostly I think the topic is just a distraction but…

    Liberals amaze me. Your envy of success, and your sense of entitlement to something that you haven’t earned, is downright frightening.

    …to suggest that entitlement to things not earned is a left/right thing is to not be paying attention. It may be the biggest thing that both sides have had in common over the past several years and almost certainly the biggest reason we’re in the mess we’re in.

  18. …to suggest that entitlement to things not earned is a left/right thing is to not be paying attention. It may be the biggest thing that both sides have had in common over the past several years and almost certainly the biggest reason we’re in the mess we’re in.

    Fair enough, but the idea that we should cap anyone’s pay — particularly that of someone like Jim Calhoun, who rose up from poverty-stricken South Boston after losing his father at a young age, and has earned dozens of millions of dollars through hard work and a LOT of sweat equity — is un-American. We should be making an example of people like him.

  19. What exactly is the truth? How about a detailed public accounting of this situation? I am highly suspicious of the hype given to college sports – Higher education is education not another sports event producing only a momentary high for the immature. Pathetically serving mainly as the only newsworthy focus for the entire institution too many of the actual participants – basketball, football, etc are barely students, marginally connected to Connecticut and essentially mercenaries. And as role models the coaches are
    arrogant and delusional.

  20. If a press conference isn’t the appropriate time to ask a question of a public figure, exactly when is the appropriate time?

    When you have a press credential that entitles you to do so. A photographer’s credential ain’t it.

    This is not about me, but it is easier to make it about me.

    Of course it’s about you, KK. Everything you do is about you. But then, a huge part of being a liberal — especially an obnoxious one — is about demanding that the world acknowledge how virtuous you are. (viz., PoopyScoopy)

    Calhoun is the highest paid state employee, and he has private endorsement contracts with corporations like Comcast, the details of which he refuses to divulge. Is he double dipping?

    Of course it’s not. It’s called outside income. Double-dipping is a well-defined practice of retiring and returning to the payroll, as you know full well. A pretty sad effort at misdirection, even for a would-be lawyer.

    These deals originate from Calhoun’s affiliation with a public school, and from the achievements of young men who will never taste the profit Calhoun has. He runs a minor league franchise, a feeder team for the NBA. We need to call it what it is. Anything less is intellectual dishonesty.

    Really, Kenny, how do you sleep at night? Intellectual dishonesty? Pot, meet kettle. Ask the ex-UConn players now in the NBA (and the WNBA, or other pro leagues) about tasting profit. Ask any of them — regardless of their status as pro athletes — about the free or subsidized education they received.

    He called me stupid and told me to shut up on national television. I was neither rude to him, nor did I raise my voice.

    Again, KK, a lawyerly response that even a non-lawyer can shoot down. Very few bank robbers raise their voice, either. Indeed, most tend to politely pass a note and say please fill this bag with money.

    That doesn’t make their speech any less criminal. And your ever-so-polite delivery of a rude, ill-considered and politically motivated question doesn’t excuse your action, either.

    Your 15 minutes called, KK. They’re embarassed for you.

  21. What exactly is the truth? How about a detailed public accounting of this situation? I am highly suspicious of the hype given to college sports – Higher education is education not another sports event producing only a momentary high for the immature. Pathetically serving mainly as the only newsworthy focus for the entire institution too many of the actual participants – basketball, football, etc are barely students, marginally connected to Connecticut and essentially mercenaries. And as role models the coaches arearrogant and delusional.

    How about a deatailed public GAAP accounting of all of state government? You have every reason to be suspicious, and if all the “Off Budget”expenses, unfunded liabilities, etc came to light, you’d be more than suspicious, you’d be schocked.

  22. Fair enough, but the idea that we should cap anyone’s pay — particularly that of someone like Jim Calhoun, who rose up from poverty-stricken South Boston after losing his father at a young age, and has earned dozens of millions of dollars through hard work and a LOT of sweat equity — is un-American. We should be making an example of people like him.

    In this particular case, I agree. (CEOs of failed businesses receiving bailout funds, I’m likely to feel differently.)

    The fact that Calhoun has pretty progressive politics makes him even a better example in my opinion but that’s just me. I don’t think it’s proof of any kind of correlation between “personal responsibility” and personal politics, the discussion of which I find ultimately pointless.

  23. AndersonScooper

    What is the totality of Coach Calhoun’s pay? Someone just told me it’s between $4-5 Million!

    I’m not demanding that Calhoun’s salary be cut. But I marvel that he won’t even consider some small sacrifice, at a time when Connecticut families are really struggling.

    Between the lines, Calhoun seemed to say, “oh, that $2-3 Billion budget gap? None of that’s my problem. Now shut up and start with the layoffs.”

    Is that the real Jim Calhoun? Watch the video again. It sure isn’t pretty.

    I hope at some point Calhoun will realize that we’re all in this together, and that there is no “I” in team.

  24. I’m not demanding that Calhoun’s salary be cut. But I marvel that he won’t even consider some small sacrifice, at a time when Connecticut families are really struggling.

    He is giving back. On his $1.5 million salary, he pays the IRS $502,683.50.

    What makes you think that he should give back more than that? Are you paying the IRS $502,683.50?

  25. AndersonScooper

    Dobb, it’s $1.6 Million, which doesn’t include the millions more he’s making on the side.

    Anyway, do you remember Governor Rell talking about the need for “shared pain and sacrifices”. Is that just not meant to apply to anyone making more than $100,000/year?

    Again, I’m not saying anyone should make Calhoun take a pay cut. But there will have to be sacrifices made to balance our budget, and maybe every State employee should be asked to give up a little.

  26. What is the totality of Coach Calhoun’s pay? Someone just told me it’s between $4-5 Million!

    Not that I really care, but to be fair to Calhoun, but his “salary” is capped as a state employee at something like $250k which is the base used to calculate pension, etc. The balance of his compensation is derived from speaking engaements, endorsements, etc. which are not paid by the state, but guaranteed by UCONN, The UCONN Foundation, or some other entity. The other coaches have similar arrangements.
    I’m not going to justifythis one way or the other.However, if everyone is going to engage in this debate, realize that the direct cost charged to the University Budget is a lot less than his total compensation.

  27. Dobb, it’s $1.6 Million, which doesn’t include the millions more he’s making on the side.

    Sorry. That raises the amount he’s paying the IRS to $537,683.50. Thanks for clearing that up.

    For those making more than $100,000, they’re the ones who are already paying for our bloated government: they pay 84.1% of all State income tax revenue. Isn’t that enough for you?

  28. Can’t resist joining this pissing match,

    Dobb, you’re assuming he pays a straight 1/3, much of which I would imagine a good accountant can avoid. Also you’re ignoring the sneaker deals, Webster bank, Nike, summer camps, etc. that probably amount to 3 – 4 times the 1.6 million.

    The bigger issue is the arrogance, which Mr. Calhoun displays time and again. It’s not just when you ask about salary, its any time you disagree with the great god of the crt. Just ask Jeff Jacobs or any other sports writer who has felt the lash of his tongue.

    Ultimately, I think its much ado about nothing. We’ve always paid our sports and entertainment stars much more than average grunts like teachers and cops. To moan about it is like complaining about the fact that the sun comes up each day.

  29. I wonder if Calhoun is willing to take a forlough day?

    Why? Red Rooster – are you going to ask for a furlough?

    Such leadership.

    Why not give back a $100,000 or two?

    Or he could have said, “just raise my taxes…”

    AndersonScooper, even Democrats are GREEDY!!! Maybe he thinks that he earns it (and yes, IMHO all of the coaches at UConn do!), so if the state university gave him x amount he shouldn’t have taken it? Now, did you turn down money?

    Anderson, you also said this:

    What an arrogant duck. If Calhoun wants facts, here’s one: Connecticut is facing a multi-billion dollar budget gap, and hundreds if not thousands of hard-working CT families are about to face layoffs, massive unemployment and welfare lines.

    and whose fault is that?? I’ll tell you — it is the DEMOCRATS in Washington DC and in Hartford — they been raising taxes and they want unions – and they want to force companies to give workers benefits – so companies are moving out of state (to low tax states like Florida or to countries like Mexico or China.). If the LIBERALS (yes I have to put RINOS in with the LIBERALS) would see what they are doing to the manufacturing base of the USA they would see that they are ruining the AMERICAN FAMILIES -m not the so-called GREEDY Corporations.

    Ken K — you wrote…

    He called me stupid and told me to shut up on national television. I was neither rude to him, nor did I raise my voice. I asked a question. We call his response civil discourse? He is the best national representative for the state of Connecticut that we can find?

    You are a FRICKING CRYBABY. You journalists are the biggest ASSKISSERS to LIBERALS and when one turns on you – you cry. Ken, if you can’t stand the heat – GET out of the kitchen – and get a REAL JOB (but I bet you wouldn’t succeed in the real world!)

    JMJM, you wrote:

    It’s all a matter of accounting, but the taxpayers are paying almost 100% of Rentchler Field. If the financing costs of these facilities were accounted for as an operating cost of the program, there’s no way it’s profitable.

    It was an early stimulis act (pre-Obama). No, the taxpayers aren’t paying for it — it was bonded.

    Anderson, you wrote…

    Between the lines, Calhoun seemed to say, “oh, that $2-3 Billion budget gap? None of that’s my problem. Now shut up and start with the layoffs.”

    Jeez, now how did you figure it out watching a video — Did you stay at a HOLIDAY INN last night??

    Jack Dobb, you wrote…

    For those making more than $100,000, they’re the ones who are already paying for our bloated government: they pay 84.1% of all State income tax revenue. Isn’t that enough for you?

    To a Liberal, they want ‘THE RICH’ to pay more than 100%!!

  30. FloridaYankee, back away from the Rush podcasts. We’re able to have a civil discussion without idiots like you coming in here and throwing LIBERALS RHINOS HOLIDAY INN!!!!!111ONE into the conversation and making a general idiot of yourself.

    Yeah, Calhoun is one of those greedy Democrats, what with having an ENTIRE WING of the UConn Health Center named for him thanks to his donations, and the huge bike ride he holds across the state every year to raise money to fight prostate cancer, and with the thousands of dollars he’s raised for Coaches vs. Caner, and the thousands of charity auctions he’s turned over items hand over fist to help numerous causes…

  31. and whose fault is that?? I’ll tell you — it is the DEMOCRATS in Washington DC and in Hartford — they been raising taxes and they want unions – and they want to force companies to give workers benefits – so companies are moving out of state (to low tax states like Florida or to countries like Mexico or China.). If the LIBERALS (yes I have to put RINOS in with the LIBERALS) would see what they are doing to the manufacturing base of the USA they would see that they are ruining the AMERICAN FAMILIES -m not the so-called GREEDY Corporations.

    YEAH! SCREW the workers! They want HEALTH CARE?!?!?!? SCREW THAT! WHO NEEDS THAT!!!!

    What a maroon. ACR, RedFive, I can respect conservatives like you guys. But FloridaYankee is a detriment to humanity.

  32. It is ALWAYS appropriate to ask questions of the person earning the state’s top salary. As we write this nonsense here, across Connecticut school boards have been meeting to discuss which schools to close in their towns because there simply isn’t enough money to maintain the same level of services. Outside of education, taxpayers are likely going to be asked to pay more to cover the cost of health care for state workers — the very same health care services that the taxpayers themselves cannot access. Taxpayers support the University of Connecticut. They deserve a say in how the revenue from UConn athletics is spent. At the minimum, they deserve honest answers from the guy who receives the state’s top salary.

    The UConn athletics department budget is not off limits in these discussions. Can it contribute more than $12 million? Why or why not? And bear in mind that students — including UConn law student ken krayeske — are facing the real possibility of tuition increases. It may be bad form to ask real questions in sportswriting, but… that’s tough. Grow up. Answer the question.

    What you see in that video is the state’s largest ego, shocked that anyone would dare question his compensation. He could have handled it a lot better. A lot better. Instead, he let his ego and temper get the best of him. That reaction was an EMBARRASSMENT to the university.

    Say something conciliatory about the state’s fiscal crisis and its impact on the university, and refer the questions to the AD. Don’t be a thug. Be a grown up.

  33. and by the way, folks who think photographers aren’t allowed to ask questions should just drop that whole nonsensical line of thought. it’s ridiculous and embarrassing at face value. everyone can ask questions.

  34. OK. You all convinced me that there is a lot more to this than we know. If one considers the extras Calhoun makes it is downright scary – especially since he would not be earning any of them if he was not employed as a coach. Seems fair that those extra endorsement deals, restaurant income, etc all should be considered property of the State of Connecticut or at least the very least a reason to reduce his state salary. After all his is a state owned franchise.

  35. What you see in that video is the state’s largest ego, shocked that anyone would dare question his compensation. He could have handled it a lot better. A lot better. Instead, he let his ego and temper get the best of him. That reaction was an EMBARRASSMENT to the university.

    Yup.

    Go to a game and listen; the man can’t control his mouth.
    Never mind if someone spent a ton to get what they thought would be “good” seats near the team.

    He won’t control himself even when a 4 year old girl is just a few seats away.

    He’s a classless schmuck.
    A rich classless schmuck – but a classless schmuck none-the-less.

  36. Some people seem to be confusing state employees with elected officials. Calhoun isn’t a public servant, he’s a basketball coach. If you have a problem with his salary that’s something to take up with the school or perhaps with the state, but Calhoun himself got offered a contract to coach and has more than lived up to it.

  37. Ya know — I like Jim Calhoun. He’s gotta be a good coach, no doubt about it. But he really lost me when I saw that sorry exchange.

    There are about half-a-dozen legitimate responses he could have had to that question. Obvious responses that come to mind are that it is on par with his peers; it’s outside the General Fund; and the subject of a specific salary contract.

    But instead he acted surprised and offended that someone would dare to ask him about his generous salary. And his comments were both arrogant and obnoxious.

    And is this the example he thinks should be set for young men, some of whom wiill no doubt be professional players?

    It was just very bad behavior. It made me want to smack him across the head…

  38. Yeah, Calhoun is one of those greedy Democrats, what with having an ENTIRE WING of the UConn Health Center named for him thanks to his donations, and the huge bike ride he holds across the state every year to raise money to fight prostate cancer, and with the thousands of dollars he’s raised for Coaches vs. Caner, and the thousands of charity auctions he’s turned over items hand over fist to help numerous causes…

    I support Jim Calhoun. I think it is you LIBERALS who are having wealth envy. Bristol Dem, I am not a Republican (I was until 1992, when I got sick of RINOS – in 1994 I campaigned for Tom Scott, I wanted conservatives (and yes, down here – I do vote for Democrats, because the GOP here are against gay marriage – and it doesn’t matter if they get married, thou my state rep and my Congressman (until 2010, because he’ll retire) are republicans.

    But FloridaYankee is a detriment to humanity. Sorry, BristolDem, I guess I didn’t say what I thought correctly. I just think that we are taxed to death. I am a businessman driven out of Connecticut and I wish I could return, but not until Hartford becomes more business friendly.

  39. BristolDem:

    Sorry, when I meant you LIBERALS I don’t mean you, but when you have HYPOCRITES (Hollywood liberals who said people should not have homes on the beach – but they do, or a former VP who wants people not to fly private jets, but he flys one), yes Conservatives have HYPOCRITES too (Especially if you are against gays and you are toe tapping in a public restroom!)

  40. Calhoun acted like a bully, which apparently is his default mode. When he was ambushed he reverted to what historically has worked for him. If we are going to get into a discussion about the propriety of his salary, we should do so with the understanding that this is a free country and he could easily walk away to far greener pastures. If Connecticut cannot afford Jim Calhoun or Geno Auriemma or Randy Edsall, then we should say good-bye. None of them deserves a pay cut, nor should they be expected to take one. As for Krayeske, he asked a tough question. The timing was as appropriate as any and he prompted a hearty discussion. I think he deserves praise for that.

  41. Some people seem to be confusing state employees with elected officials. Calhoun isn’t a public servant, he’s a basketball coach. If you have a problem with his salary that’s something to take up with the school or perhaps with the state, but Calhoun himself got offered a contract to coach and has more than lived up to it.

    Yeah, and the prison guards have a contract too.

    It’s either “they’ve got a contract” or “everybody has to give back.”

    I don’t think Calhoun should be forced to give up his salary, but it sure does provide some useful context.

  42. SaveCapitalism

    ” Like him or not, Jim Calhoun, like every American, has a right to earn as much as possible. Coach Calhoun is a man that has seen some of life’s toughest challenges and overcome them, including 2 bouts of cancer.

    Calhoun was born and raised in Braintree, MA, where he was a standout on the basketball, football, and baseball teams at Braintree High School. After his father died of a heart attack when Calhoun was 15, he was left to take care of his large family, including five siblings.

    Although he received a basketball scholarship to Lowell State (now UMass Lowell), he only attended the school for three months, after which he returned home to help support his mother and siblings. He worked as a granite cutter, headstone engraver, scrapyard worker, shampoo factory worker, and gravedigger.

    After a 20-month leave from higher education, Calhoun returned to college, this time at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was given another basketball scholarship. He was the leading scorer on the team his junior and senior seasons, and captained the team in his final year, during which AIC advanced to the Division II playoffs. At the time he graduated, he was ranked as the fourth all-time scorer at AIC. Calhoun graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

    On February 3, 2003, after the worst home loss of his career, a 34-point loss to Boston College, Calhoun announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He took an immediate leave of absence from the team and underwent surgery three days later to have his prostate removed. He was released from the hospital on February 9 and within days was once again involved in the day-to-day operation of the program. On February 22 Jim Calhoun returned to the sidelines for the team’s match-up with St. John’s at Gampel Pavilion, only 16 days after the surgery.

    On May 30, 2008, UConn announced that Calhoun was undergoing treatment for squamous cell carcinoma. He said he plans to continue coaching.

    Calhoun’s base salary of about 300K is paid by the State of CT. The rest, which consists of “speaking and appearance fees”, is paid by the UConn Athletic Department which is almost completely self-supporting. So tax dollars only pay a small portion of the salary. That means the Calhoun is being paid by the university 1.2 million to bring in over 12 million. I wish I had that Return on Investment!

    Coach Calhoun probably pays more in taxes each year than Ken has made in a lifetime. Maybe Ken should become a contributing member of society (i.e get a job and pay taxes) before he blames the inability of the Connecticut State Government to balance a budget on one man who has worked his whole life and continues to work into his seventies to support the leeches of your state.

    Ken should ask the politicians of CT to cut back on the 5 Billion dollars (yes that is “B”) they spend each year on medicaid and medicare. Or maybe Ken should give back his federal and state financial aid that he is receiving! I’m sure that Coach Calhoun did not receive any money from the government to go to college.

    I hope that Ken has the chance to take an economics class before he graduates from his tier 3 law school in his 40’s. He has a lot to learn about assets and liabilities. Coach Calhoun is an assetand people like Ken are a liability to our society.

    Ken…How do you balance a budget? It is simple math, you have more assets than liabilities! Do some research before you make yourself look any dumber! “

  43. Uconn is tier one. Just sayin’.

  44. Ken…How do you balance a budget? It is simple math, you have more assets than liabilities! Do some research before you make yourself look any dumber! “

    oy… savecapitalism, you might want to do some research yourself. Find out how much actual revenue the athletics department at UConn turns over to the university to fund its real mission of education.

    And spare us the sob story. It’s really an s.o.b. story. A hard life doesn’t guarantee anyone a big salary.

    Calhoun’s salary may be funded by all kinds of sources, but get this straight — there is NO University of Connecticut without hundreds of millions in annual taxpayer subsidies. Split the pool of money any way you like, crunch the numbers from the athletics budget anyway you like, but you and I — if you’re from CT — are responsible for the existence of that school. Jim Calhoun’s track record in wins and losses used to be good public relations for the school. I’m not so sure it is anymore. I stopped watching UConn basketball a long time ago, and he was part of the reason. He’s Bob Knight now. A public relations embarrassment. There comes a time when even winning is embarrassing at the cost we’re paying to allow that guy to have a tantrum in public.

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