Jim Calhoun should shut the hell up. He's apparently divorced himself from reality.
Welcome to 2009, Mr. Calhoun.
Over the weekend a reporter asked Calhoun a question about Calhoun being the highest-paid employee of the state of Connecticut in a time when the state is running a $2 billion deficit.
Calhoun cut off the questioner and said that he "wasn't going to give a dime back." He said that he "wanted to be able to retire someday."
Wow. His arrogance is just mind-boggling.
Calhoun then told the reporter to "shut up."
Shut up. That was his response. Shut up.
Calhoun makes Sean Avery sound like a Rhodes Scholar.
Keep in mind that Calhoun is a public servant. In many ways Calhoun is the face of UConn.
The fact is that the man is the highest-paid state employee in the state of Connecticut. Whether or not that should be the case isn't the issue. The fact is that the people of Connecticut pay him $1,600,000 per year to coach the UConn basketball team. He is a state employee.
Calhoun has been paid a salary of more than $12,000,000 since 1999. And that's just in salary. That doesn't include all of the money and perks that he earns from sponsorships and summer camps and whatnot. I don't think that he has to worry about being able to retire.
The spin that the mainstream media is running is that the reporter was out of line asking the question. As if only reporters at the big boys such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times can ask questions of Calhoun.
But it is a legitimate question. Calhoun's idiotic response to the question further legitimizes the question. Calhoun has made this story bigger with his arrogance and blatant disrespect for the people of Connecticut.
In these tough economic times, when Connecticut is running such a massive deficit, any question about expenditures is valid. Any question.
As if asking a public employee any question is out of line. The people of Connecticut should be livid with Calhoun. Sure, he's a great coach and has won two national titles. But he's still a state employee.
And an embarrassment.