Jim Calhoun reacts after a ref told him what Mick Cronin said.
A little less than two weeks ago the All-Big East First Team was announced and while Kemba Walker was on it he was not a unanimous pick -- one of the league's coaches felt he did not deserve the honor. It was absurd then and it looks even more absurd now. We do not know which coach left Walker off his ballot, but Jim Calhoun, never one to keep his opinions to himself thought he had a pretty good idea:
"Ridiculous. Ridiculous, I don't know what league they were watching, or what their personal - someone mentioned right before we played them, one team, that he had committed to them and they were still upset three years later. My advice is get over it. And don't penalize the kid for the season he had. In the final analysis, in Kemba's life it's not going to make any difference. He's a first-team all-Big East player. He'll probably have a longer career than that coach who didn't vote for him."
The clear implication in that quote is that Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin left Walker off his ballot (Walker did originally intend to go to Cincinnati before switching to the Huskies).
The Huskies and Bearcats will meet and settle any differences on the floor tomorrow, but after Cincinnati's win over Missouri last night Cronin took some time to return fire in the media. Asked why no one took the Bearcats seriously he said this:
"I'm not in the Hall of Fame," he said, in a clear reference to some of his coaching brethren in the league. "We don't have a player on our team on an all-league team. The truth is the media likes what sells."