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Huskies Are National Champs, But Is Calhoun Likable?

Apr 5, 2011

There's something Shakesperean about Jim Calhoun. I'm just never sure which play he's in. Henry V? Lear? Richard III?

On Monday night, he was Henry V, leading his troops into battle. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers," indeed. But since 2008, he has auditioned for other roles. Sometimes exploding like Lear and sometimes appearing to connive like Richard.

I've heard from many people that, in private, he is charming and generous with his time. In public, he has been frequently boorish, and his handling of the Nate Miles recruiting case reflected very badly on him.  He never made any attempt  to assume responsibility for the mess, while underlings with long connections to his program were fed into the meat grinder.

Now that he's the oldest coach to win the NCAA championship, speculation about retirement will begin. Anybody brave enough to ask the first question?

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