STORRS – Jim Calhoun spent his first day of retirement in or near his office at Gampel Pavilion, where he does a lot of his rehab work for the fractured hip. He’s still using crutches.
During the day, he did a radio interview with an old sparring partner, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM. He gave Russo what is becoming a slogan for him – he needs to manage his shadow now that he is the former coach. Calhoun said the same thing to me as he walked out.
Here’s a full quote to The Dog:
“I’ve got to watch my shadow. I don’t want, necessarily, the first exhibition game to be
seen down at courtside, having everybody look if the team’s not particularly playing well.
“No, I don’t need that. But, in turn, I’m going to be there for my players because I recruited
all these kids. I’m going to be there for Kevin [Ollie]. I’m going to be there for our staff
who I love. … I don’t want to rain on [Ollie’s] parade, I don’t want to cast a shadow at
any point in time.”
I spent the day tracking Kevin Ollie’s first day on the job. Hope to get that story up on the main website soon.