Post by longsuffering on Oct 9, 2019 21:59:59 GMT -5
I saw Jim Calhoun at a Walmart this summer. He is taller than he looks on TV next to the basketball players. He was leaving from the registers pushing a cart full of cook-out type supplies. I was walking towards the other exit door and noticed his walking was labored with a limp and he was having some type of indigestion or hiccup and generally looked physically uncomfortable. When we got outside he was pushing his cart towards the middle of the parking lot and I was able to look at him again. He had a look of fierce determination on his face that was stunning and spoke volumes. You don't win three national titles and put a small rural State U. on the map by succumbing to minor obstacles like physical discomfort.
The beautiful new YMCA in Putnam, CT. named it's gym after Calhoun and his wife. I am sure he donated and/or fund raised a good percentage of the funds needed to build it. Perhaps he was buying stuff for some type of event there. It was just a summer shopping outing but he approached it like a sweet sixteen game. I wish I had a tenth of his determination.
The lawsuit unfortunately reminds me of the Title Nine employee complaint and subsequent lawsuit at HC this year. How can a coach "make" an Associate AD sweep up spilled ground coffee and open a door?
So let me see if I have your logic correct. Because Calhoun is determined, battles physical challenges and has contributed to a YMCA, he could not have done what he is charged ? Do you know much about his years at Uconn, besides winning a lot of games ? Authoritarian would be an understatement And you can’t envision Calhoun making any assistant, male or female, cleaning up after him ? i am not saying he definitely is guilty, but that the charges are not inconsistent with who he has been for many years.
Post by longsuffering on Oct 9, 2019 22:41:28 GMT -5
I didn't mean to conflate the two concepts. It was an eye opener to me to see that look of sheer willpower on Calhoun's face. That doesn't mean he is always a nice guy. There are a bunch of local reports on the internet that flesh out the lawsuit and the Associate AD does appear to have legitimate grievances and it appears the AD lost control of the department.
With such accusations, one seems to need to prove he/sheis not guilty of the accusation rather than the other way around. That is why so many of these accusations do such damage, even if the person being accused is later found to be not guilty.
Is he going to get any kind of due process or is it just going to be assumed he's a rotten person because she said so?
It's going to be assumed that he's a rotten person because he interfered with HC's basketball schedule that wound up sending HC on a cross country plane trip During the long trip, Alex VanderBaan's back tightened up and really hampered his entire senior year. Interfering with the schedule was enough to make him a rotten person. The fact that his actions contributed to curtailing VanderBaan's senior year is icing on the rotten cake
Calhoun is definitely a complicated person. He can be an unpleasant SOB and will do just about anything to win. However, I do know someone who knows him well and says he’s the type who would do anything for a friend. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of people in the world are not part of his circle of friends and thus more often get exposed to the SOB side. Whether these specific allegations are true or not, it would not at all surprise me if he treated an Asst AD at USJ very poorly, male or female.
Your last point is a good one. He is not charged with rude behavior...it is termed "sexist" behavior. It appears he can be an SOB at times, but it also appears that is not directed at a person because of gender, . On the face of it, that seems to disprove the charge. Of course, the "I felt threatened" or "I felt uncomfortable" charge is so broad (and virtually impossible to contradict) that, even when unfounded, it can do a good deal of damage.
I don't know him....but he is what he is....my high school hoop coach (HC '49) banned him supposedly for language when they scrimmaged in 1970...but he was good to Blaney, Dave Leitao (New Bedford guy) who he coached at Northeastern
Sarcasm noted, but you do provide a good example in Hitler. Clearly one of the "worst," Hitler also risked his own life (and nearly died) by giving his gas mask to a wounded comrade during WWI during a mustard gas bombardment. That brave (and good) act does not in any way mitigate the horrendous evil for which he was responsible later in life.