Friday, February 27, 2009

I back Jim Calhoun...

We told you two days ago about how the governor of Connecticut is upset with UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun for his "Not one dime!" outburst when he was asked about taking a pay cut to help with the state's economic woes.

Now two state legislators say Calhoun should face disiplinary action.

The Hartford Courant says state Sen. Mary Ann Handley and state Rep. Roberta Willis sent a letter to UConn President Michael J. Hogan that says of the Hall of Fame coach, in part:

"Coach Calhoun needs to be reminded that he is a role model for many athletes and students and that his behavior should reflect this position ... His recent behavior was unacceptable, and we request that the university take appropriate disciplinary action to reinforce the high ethical standards we have come to expect from our flagship institution."

UConn president Hogan didn't address whether discipline will follow.
Calhoun has a valid's just his delivery was a bit "undiplomatic." He's the highest paid employee on the payroll, but his basketball program produces a signficant bit of coin for UConn, and ultimately the State of Connecticut. What is facinating is that two politicians, who have a hand in creating the $8.5 Billion deficit within the state are lobbying for Calhoun, who performs his job with flying profitable colors, to take a pay cut for the good of...everyone. How about we place politicians on a commission salary reflective of their performance?

Incidentally, the reporter who asked the question...and tried to provoke a response much like received?

Although the questioner (a political activist who got to the press conference with a photo pass) didn't conduct himself in a very professional manner,...
Were I Calhoun, I would be pushing the issue by suggesting that a raise might be in order since UConn is sitting #2 in the National rankings, sells out every game, and the latest budget proposal of the Federal government will be taking a chunk out of his salary via taxes. Connecticut, in an effort to support their State budget will likely do the same.