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Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 6:23 pm
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NCAA committee on infractions chair Dennis Thomas said it over and over again -- the head coach is responsible for everything that happens within his program. On behalf of college basketball writers from coast to coast, Mr. Thomas, let me tell you that we agree. But then why did Jim Calhoun only get a three-game suspension?

"We think the penalty is appropriate," Thomas said during Tuesday's teleconference to announce the sanctions levied against the Connecticut basketball program.

Rest assured, the committee members are among the only folks who feel that way.

To the rest of us, it's a joke but hardly unexpected.

Three games.

That's it?

Calhoun ran a program featuring a coaching staff that made thousands of impermissible phone calls/text messages and used an agent/booster to secure the enrollment of a prospect. He got caught. And the penalty, basically, is that he'll be forced to miss three games next season just like Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen was forced to miss three games this season … for accepting less than $300 in discounted clothing.

You see why this is crazy, don't you?

Three games?

Calhoun has missed more than that in recent years for exhaustion.

And don't bother pointing out how UConn will have to also endure recruiting restrictions and a reduction in scholarships, because that stuff just doesn't matter as much as the NCAA would like you to think. If Duke's Mike Krzyzewski can recruit from China while coaching Team USA and Ohio State's Thad Matta can start a season 24-0 using roughly seven players, I don't see how anybody can consider recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions to be a huge deal in college basketball.

A postseason ban?

That hurts.

A television ban?

That stings.

But all Calhoun really got for cheating was a three-game suspension -- plus the contract extension he signed last May.
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Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

I have to agree with this one.  If you get caught on a major violation, you should have automatic post season and regular season tournement bans.  If you get caught again, you lose your TV rights.

To hit coaches and programs hard, you have to play tough and not "act" tough.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

Calhoun got off easy, no doubt. He deserved much more. He really believes that he's not a cheater. The difference between him and Pearl is that at least Pearl admitted what he did. Calhoun never will. What puzzles me is that the ESPN writers all feel that his penalty was comenserate with his crime. Pat Forde turned 3 games into 1/6 BE season, to make it seem like a harsher penalty, but as Gary points out, Calhoun has missed more games than that for numerous health related issues in the last 5 years. UConn got off lucky and Tenn is going to pay heavily. Must be nice to be in the big east.




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:57 am
 

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy



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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:17 am
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Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:15 am
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:27 am
 

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

Mongo, couldn't agree with you more. The one exception is had this been Calipari, the punishment would have been much more severe. He has been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, despite the fact that he has never actually had any charges levied against him by the NCAA (though not for lack of trying). I want UConn to be on the map each year and a ban would undoubtedly would hurt college BB - but with this action the NCAA effectively said go ahead and keep doing what you're doing, right or wrong.



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

Some people seem to forget that the NCAA is a for-profit enterprise. It does them no good to have one of the marquee teams in college basketball suffering a post-season ban or a TV blackout.

Rest assured, had this been a team like St. Bonaventure or Wyoming or Southern Mississippi, they'd incur the full wrath of the NCAA. TV blackouts, postseason bans, non-conference bans, the whole Baylor treatment.



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

Predictable, yet still disheartening. I don't know how many compromising photos Calhoun has on the infractions committee, but they must involve barnyard animals. This is the latest in a series of laughable NCAA penalties. Shame. 


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