Sunday, March 1, 2009

"Get some facts and come back and see me"

I know this is somewhat old but I haven't had a chance to post on this. Last week UConn coach Jim Calhoun had a garden variety press conference meltdown. For those of you who haven't seen it here is the link:

My thoughts on this: The reporter's name that got the tongue lashing from Calhoun was Ken Krayeske. This guy isn't a sports reporter but does stuff on politics and societal issues. He was questioning Coach Calhoun on how much money he makes vis-a-vis the budget shortfall that the state of Connecticut is having. With the economy the way it is, this is definitely a serious issue. However, questioning coach at a post game press conference on a big issue like this probably isn't the best place to do it. The reporters there want to hear about the game. I also looked into this guy's background and he was arrested for disrupting Gov. Jody Rell's inaugural parade a few years ago.

However, as far as Coach Calhoun is concerned, he can't sit up there and and act like he is God. Granted, he is one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball. However, someone of his stature is subject to fair questioning and criticism of all aspects of his job. Hey, maybe he can use his stature to help elected officials develop and facilitate programs to stimulate the economy in Connecticut. Given his notoriety I don't think it is out of the realm of possibilities.

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