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5 thoughts on “Replay: Friday’s UConn Men’s Basketball Chat

  1. Charles Chang

    UConn must get a quick and firm commitment from Jim Calhoun. If he cannot be sure, then UConn should go ahead and find a young and proven coach, who is a great motivator and recruiter. Kevan Ali is a great role model but has not proven he can be a successful coach. UConn cannot afford to let the uncertainty drag on too long.

      1. Elijah

        LOL….Kevin Ollie would make a fine coach! Besides, he’d have three coaches who have been Head Coaches advising him. What UCONN needs is a reassessment of the Men’s Program. How they are going to approach this season. For one thing, UCONN desperately needs a Big Man Coach! They have not had a good one since the assistant (who played at Pitt) resigned after allegations of him soliciting a prostitute. Another is: I’m hearing rumors about player treatment. I know one father scolded the coach, telling that the team is not a slave plantation. It’s hard to believe that, seeing the number of people of color of his staff. However, if there is any truth in the statement it maybe a contributing factor to why players want to leave, and it may effect players who are being recruited.

  2. Joseph Zirin

    The time and circumstanses could not be better for a coach change, to bring in a young, proven, ethical coach and life teacher that would attract desired recruits and rebuild UConn’s reputation within the NCAA family.

    1. Elijah

      Joseph, your statement sounds great. However, I think the issue at UCONN is that they have built a winning tradition and created a UCONN family of sorts. Bringing in an outsider would destroy that, as he would have no connection to past players. UCONN presently has four coaches of the bench with Head Coaching Experience (Calhoun, Blaney, Hobbs, and Miller). Everyone talks about Kevin Ollie, and although he has no experience per se, on many of the NBA teams he was an unofficial coach helping to develop the young guards. Karl Hobbs is an excellent recruiter. He can also take the helm, as can Glen Miller, Blaney, and I’m sure Ollie could as well. At this point, whether or not Jim continues coaching it seems that the UCONN Men’s program needs to be evaluated. The one thing they need is a Big Man Coach who knows how to develop talent. They also need a coach…Calhoun or whomever who will teach the game, allow the players to play and not punish them by jerking them out of the game if they make a mistake or take a shot and miss.

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