This was an awful year. Probably worse than you remember. Let's recap!
If you missed the link on our front page, SB Nation is wrapping up the year by counting down the 16 fanbases that suffered the most in 2012. I don't know where UConn ranks on that score (especially since they're only counting one sport for a school, i.e. Auburn football or UCLA basketball), but I do know the Huskies deserve to be up there. Anyway, the existence of the list got me thinking about just how bad UConn's 2012 was, and honestly, it was worse than I remembered. Here's a chronological recounting. If I forgot anything leave it in the comments.
- UConn begins the year with Jim Calhoun away from the bench, finishing up an NCAA-mandated three-game suspension related to the recruitment of Nate Miles.
- A week into the new year Shabazz Napier speaks out about the basketball team's lack of leadership, the first sign that the team's locker room problems extended past Alex Oriakhi's twitter account.
- On January 13th, the day before Ryan Boatright was set to play in front of 400 members of his family and friends, the NCAA suspended the freshman for the second time. The suspension was such a sham that it inspired not one, but two New York Times columns by Joe Nocera.
- Nike revealed that UConn would be forced to play in these eye sores.
- UConn released a very poorly thought out promotions video.
- The Huskies came into January 12-1 and ranked No. 8 in the country. They went 2-5 and were unranked by their first game of February (a loss to Georgetown).
- Three days into February we learned that Jim Calhoun was forced to take an indefinite leave of absence because of a condition called spinal stenosis.
- A few days later the basketball team hit its low point, quitting in the second half of a blowout loss to Louisville.
- UConn's plan to try and avoid an NCAA tournament ban through self-imposed sanctions became public. The plan, though sensible, meant a lot of public blasting in the press.
- The next day the NCAA announced that it was denying UConn's waiver application and would impose the postseason band. Whoopee.
- Warde Manuel was hired as UConn's AD. I'm not sure this is a bad thing, but I'm willing to be some of you aren't happy about it.
- Tyler Olander took out his frustrations with the fanbase on twitter.
- Shabazz Napier called his teammates out for not having heart.
- Jerome Junior was kicked off the football team. The defense was still great without him, but it would have been nice to have more depth.
- Near the end of the month we found out Jim Calhoun was headed for surgery, extending his absence.
- In their last Big East game at Gampel Pavilion, Syracuse goaltended their way to a victory over UConn.
- George Blaney pissed off us generally.
- UConn lost to Syracuse in the Big East Tournament. This actually wasn't that bad -- the start of March was a relative high point for UConn basketball as Roscoe Smith emerged as a legitimate post players. But still, losing to Syracuse. Grrr.
- Iowa St. eliminated UConn in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It was only Jim Calhoun's second first-round loss as UConn's coach, and the only one to come when his starting point guard's knee didn't explode to open the game.
- Speaking of Iowa St. Roscoe Smith did this again. Thanks 'scoe.
- Notre Dame eliminated the UConn women from the Final Four.
- Alex Oriakhi announced that he planned to transfer.
- The NCAA denied UConn's appeal of the tournament waiver denial from February.
- Alex Oriakhi's father said Calhoun should be fired.
- Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond declared for the NBA Draft. This isn't really bad news. Both should have gone anyway, but the drawn-out nature of Drummond's decision made it seem like he would have considered a second year in school if UConn was eligible for the 2013 tournament. That would have been nice.
- Michael Bradley (remember him?) transferred.
- The NCAA went on a public offensive against UConn, displaying just how full of shit they are.
- Roscoe Smith left for UNLV. Of all UConn's departures, this was the least expected and most painful.
- We realized just how bad a measurement the APR actually is.
- Jim Calhoun stalled on announcing his job status. In retrospect this is probably a good thing, because it meant we got Kevin Ollie, and I love me some Kevin Ollie.
- USF pulled off an improbable double-header sweep to eliminate UConn from the Big East tournament and keep the Huskies from a second straight NCAA bid.
- UConn announced it was pulling out of the Carrier Classic. Again, this was disappointing at the time, but proved to be a positive in retrospect because it wound up freeing up UConn for its trip to Germany.
- The NCAA put the last nail in the coffin of UConn's 2013 NCAA Tournament hopes.
- Jim Calhoun was in a bike accident and broke his hip.
- Quarterback Mike Nebrich announced his plans to transfer.
- We voted on the best play in UConn football history. And picked a field goal.
- The Big East introduced Mike Aresco as commissioner. He has not had a good first four months.
- A thunderstorm robbed the women's soccer team of a top-10 win to start the season.
- Jeremy Lamb took this picture.
- UConn released its home basketball schedule. It was a disgraceful cash grab.
- A UConn fan agreed to let his Syracuse-fan wife raise his child as an Orange.
- UConn lost to NC State 10-7, in the first glaring sign of George DeLeone's offensive ineptitude.
- Shabazz Napier needed foot surgery.
- Notre Dame announced it was leaving the Big East for the ACC.
- Jim Calhoun retired.
- Kevin Ollie got a one-year deal. This was sensible at the time, and it will return to being a sensible decision the second Ollie gets a long-term deal. Until then, I'm not happy about it.
- We got all depressed imagining a world where the Big East had a competent commissioner after Dave Gavitt.
- UConn lost to Western Michigan. For the second year in a row.
- UConn beat Buffalo 24-17, but it felt like a loss.
- ESPN refused to allow UConn's game against Temple to be televised. Probably for the best in retrospect.
- Rutgers beat UConn. George DeLeone's "offense" scored three points.
- UConn blew a lead in the closing seconds and lost to Temple. George DeLeone continued to be employed.
- UConn played their last ever Big East game at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse kicked the shit out of them.
- Enosch Wolf's concussion problems returned.
- UConn beat Pitt, but even did that incompetently.
- A man who is paid actual money -- real dollars that can be exchanged for goods and services -- to write about UConn football for the state's largest newspaper said it was okay to play with a fork near a power outlet.
- Rutgers left the Big East for the Big Ten, but there was a silver lining because Maryland left the ACC, opening up a spot for UConn.
- The ACC invited Louisville instead of UConn. I didn't take it well. Neither did anyone else.
- UConn soccer was eliminated in -- wait for it -- incredibly painful fashion in the national quarterfinals. I believe this is the 57th straight year that this has happened. Ray Reid gonna Ray Reid.
- UConn's football season ended with a whimper of a loss to Cincinnati. It was clear Paul Pasqualoni was returning, which I was okay with -- as long as George DeLeone didn't stick around.
- The Catholic schools decided to leave the Big East. That meant UConn's longest-tenured conference rivals were Cincinnati and USF. Writing that sentence made me cry.
- Boston College, the source of all evil in the universe, poached defensive coordinator Don Brown, the only good thing about UConn football.
- As of this writing it's not clear if Kevin Ollie will be UConn's basketball coach next year.
- As of this writing it is clear that George DeLeone will be employed by UConn next year.
So there you have it, a complete list of everything that went bad for UConn in 2012. I made it as short as I possibly could and it was still 1,300 words. Next year can't get here fast enough.