armchair cultural observation since 1995

Who owned whom?

Let me get this straight.

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun completely overreacts to an out of left field question by a reporter about his salary and the state’s debt, looks like an unreasonable jerk doing it and yet somehow ends up “owning” the reporter?

Calhoun’s $1.6 million-plus salary is what it is. If it’s not a big deal, why get so defensive about it, Jim? And why the insensitive BS about “wanting to retire” someday?

Whether the question was dumb or not (I happen to think it was a legitimate question directed at the wrong person and in the wrong venue), Calhoun clearly let the reporter own him with his off-the-deep-end response. It would have been easy enough to simply say “my salary is funded by revenue brought in by this program” and left it at that.

Right?

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  1. I agree. As a true seven figure executive leader of a big time program, he should have easily owned the reporter. Not showing much EQ in his reaction.

  2. Calhoun has shown time after time that he has no class, and yet for some reason, basketball commentators and analysts (and everyone at ESPN) continue to praise him for being such a class act Hall of Fame coach (almost half of his career wins have come at smaller schools and not the Big East, and yet he consistently overshadows other Big East coaches with many more Big East career wins). He consistently recruits talented but questionable players to come play in the middle of nowhere (without anyone questioning his recruiting tactics or school’s admission policies) and turns a blind eye when they have run-ins with the law (i.e. stealing laptops from the school), and yet article after article is written on ESPN.com highlighting his willingness to give “student-athletes” a second chance. While the reporter probably should have reserved his question for a school administrator, Calhoun’s response was not appropriate, and should not be excused by coaches and commentators alike.

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