Friday, October 8, 2010

UCONNvicts Strike Again!

Anyone that knows me knows that my hatred for the University of Connecticut and it's men's basketball program knows no bounds.  Today, the University of Connecticut admitted that their men's basketball program committed major NCAA rules violations.  This is in no way, shape, or form surprising considering their head coach is the one and only Jim Calhoun.  Jim Calhoun could be the biggest douchebag in the history of College Athletics. Ooooh, where do I begin?: 
L is for loser.

1. Back in the Summer of 2005, Connecticut guards AJ Price and Marcus Williams were caught and convicted of Larceny in the theft of laptops from other student athletes at UCONN.  Most normal schools would've kicked said players off the team and probably out of school all together; but not UCONN.  Calhoun suspended both players for the year .... and then let them both back on the team after that.  Some people might say, "but they served their punishment," .... garbage.  The Spring before this incident, UCONN expelled guard Antonio Kellog for Marijuana possession and assaulting a police officer.  What does this have to do with the Marcus Williams and AJ Price case you might ask?  Well .. first of all, it shows what kind of a ship Coach Calhoun is running here; pretty much a minimum security prison.  But secondly, it shows that Calhoun is willing to throw the book at a player when he has little to no impact on his team.  But a player like Price or Williams who have a large impact on the team .. no worries, they'll be back at some point.

2. Calhoun has a history of berating officials, screaming obscenities, and just being an overall tool shed.  A few years ago, UCONN Athletic Director Jeffery Hathaway received an e-mail from a long time season ticket holder of the Men's Basketball team at UCONN.  The ticket holder was writing the Athletic Director to complain about Calhoun's behavior and language.  The ticket holder held tickets about 5 rows up behind the UCONN bench and held such tickets for quite some time.  He had recently begun to bring his small children to the games, and had started to notice a trend he never noticed before; Calhoun's douchebag behavior.  He politely requested that Mr. Hathaway speak with Mr. Calhoun about his language/behavior because he enjoyed attending UCONN Men's Basketball games, and wanted his children to be able to share in the experience as well.  Guess what happened next?  The following season, said Season Ticket Holder's tickets, were no longer behind the UCONN bench.  They were moved to the upper deck, and this was not a voluntary move.  Long story short, Jim Calhoun is once again a douchebag.

3. In 2005, one random night I was in the poker room at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.  I was watching a rather large limit table in action (20/40) and noticed someone sitting at the head of the table that I swore I recognized from somewhere.  After about 15 minutes of staring at this guy, I finally realized who he was.  Yes, he was the one and only Josh Boone, from the UCONN Men's Basketball team.  Of course, how could I ever forget the size of that schnoz.
I made more at UCONN.

This led me to my next question: Where in God's name does Josh Boone, a college student, get the money to play 20/40 poker?  Does ANYONE here believe that Josh Boone is just that good of a poker player that he somehow built up a big enough bankroll to play 20/40 poker?  Because I sure as hell don't.  If that wasn't reassurance enough for me that Jim Calhoun was running a shady ship, nothing was going to be.

4. Which brings me to today's news.  You might say "kudos to UCONN for admitting that their Men's Basketball Program committed NCAA rules violations" but then you'd completely miss this beauty of a line: "But the university says the evidence does not support the NCAA allegation that coach Jim Calhoun -- who has won two national titles with the Huskies -- failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance."  Really UCONN, really?  How DID Calhoun promote an atmosphere for compliance when his coaches were, making improper phone calls and text messages to recruits and giving away free game tickets to high school coaches and others.  You're either in compliance, or you're not, and UCONN was NOT.  The way this college continually sticks up for Jim Calhoun's douchebag behavior boggles my mind.  What's even WORSE is UCONN's self imposed punishment of 2 years probation and 1 scholarship lost for the next 2 seasons as a way of trying to avoid an NCAA sanction.  Give me a break UCONN, man up to your mistakes and accept whatever punishment the NCAA feels fit.  Your beloved douchebag coach put you in this position and now you have to live with the consquences.

In my opinion, it's all finally starting to catch up to Calhoun and UCONN.  With an unimpressive 18-16 record last season, and a piss poor recruiting class in 2010 (by Big East standards) it's only a matter of time before Calhoun hangs 'em up (for fear of looking bad).  Until then, U-C-O-N-N, YOU SUCK, YOU SUCK, YOU SUCK.