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Congrats to the Connecticut Post for moving yet another step closer to irrelevancy by not sending...

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Congrats to the Connecticut Post for moving yet another step closer to irrelevancy by not sending staff reporters to cover the UConn men's basketball team at the Final Four in Houston. Short-sighted decisions are running newspapers like yours into the ground. Is the couple of thousand dollars you saved going to mean anything at the end of the fiscal year compared to the number of readers you have alienated? Readers aren't dummies. They know when they are being taken for suckers. Get a clue, guys. Mike Puma Ossining, N.Y. The writer is a former staff writer for the Connecticut Post.

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Next-time-send-reporters-to-Final-Four-1322123.php

I fully plan on coaching basketball next year. You know, once again, we’ll have time in the next...

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I fully plan on coaching basketball next year. You know, once again, we’ll have time in the next couple of months as I settle down, as we kind of look over everything, and I fully expect that I would. … I’ve always been in love with basketball, I’ve never fallen out of love with basketball, but this team reaffirms me that kind of what we’re doing is worthwhile because the kind of kids you have.

Jim Calhoun, on his intentions for next season, among other things, in an interview with ESPN Radio.

"Ridiculous. Ridiculous, I don't know what league they were watching, or what their personal -...

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"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."

That's Jim Calhoun discussing the fact that at least one Big East coach did not think Kemba Walker deserved to be a member of the All-Big East First Team. The other team Calhoun mentions -- the one upset about losing out on Walker -- is Cincinnati. However, there is no evidence that Mick Cronin was the one who left Walker off his ballot. Mike Anthony from the Courant has Kemba's reaction in the same post. Check it out.

Though this was the first time Calhoun had come within the NCAA's sights, it is far from the first...

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Though this was the first time Calhoun had come within the NCAA's sights, it is far from the first time allegations were leveled against him for misdeed related to guilting recruits and his incredible age. -Guarantees Donyell Marshall he will never coach him because he will be dead inside of six months. -Caron Butler signs a letter of intent with the Huskies after Calhoun threatens to haunt his ancestors for 1000 years if he doesn't. -Forward Curtis Kelly leaves the team after discovering Calhoun was not an ageless demon who could send his entire family to hell with the point of a bony finger. -Spends the night at Richard Hamilton's home after complaining his body was tingling and he would die if moved. -Asks prized Israeli recruit Doron Sheffer to take him to the Wailing Wall so that he might die in a holy place. -After target Brandon Bass announces his intentions to attend LSU, Calhoun calls him and sobs into the receiver for 45 minutes. -Interrupts a phone call with recruit Travis Knight to claim his soul is leaving his body. -Offers Ricky Moore the opportunity to bring a message to God when he dies if Moore chooses UConn.

That's The Onion, which set its sights on Jim Calhoun with a piece entitled " Jim Calhoun's History of Breaking the Rules and Wasting Away."

He hasn't been playing for them [Grizzlies]. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with him. Let's...

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He hasn't been playing for them [Grizzlies]. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with him. Let's give him 36 hours and we'll figure it out."

Houston coach Rick Adelman, on new center Hasheem Thabeet. (H/T: Our Friend Zac)

I think he'll get his feelings hurt up here. He's a big-time competitor, but he's not the feel...

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I think he'll get his feelings hurt up here. He's a big-time competitor, but he's not the feel player these guys are up here in the NBA. He can be like a Jose Juan Barea. Just let him play pick-and-roll at the top. It's just hard to score in the NBA when you're little. I like the fact that he has matured because to be honest with you, I hated him last year. He made so many plays and it was all about him, but he has really gotten better with that. In draft rooms there will be a lot of discussions between him, Fredette and Brandon Knight.

Every year around this time, Seth Davis talks to several NBA scouts to evaluate the top college talent. What you see above is the opinion of a composite of the five scouts he spoke to this year about Kemba Walker. Of note: the scouts seem to think this is a weak draft, so faint praise doesn't necessarily mean a low pick.

I didn't want to hear a damn excuse -- I didn't use that word exactly. 'I hear one excuse and I...

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I didn't want to hear a damn excuse -- I didn't use that word exactly. 'I hear one excuse and I will put you on the bench so hard that you'll still be here when we come back here next year. This game is winnable.' And then they did it.

I love everything about this Jim Calhoun quote.

Please be advised of the following nine actions we plan to take effective today: ... 5. I will not...

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Please be advised of the following nine actions we plan to take effective today: ... 5. I will not be supporting the Jim Boeheim Syracuse Fantasy Basketball Camp this summer. UNLESS I am named a captain and get to pick my team. AND I will be picking Gerry McNamara and he will play center. These are my conditions.

That is from the "letter" Robert Burton wrote to new bff Jim Boeheim after Syracuse was stomped by Seton Hall last night. You can find the whole thing over at Troy Nunes and it is sublime.

There's a funny article on the Internet about me having gone to Duke, and it was shown in the...

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There's a funny article on the Internet about me having gone to Duke, and it was shown in the magazine that I have a Duke Barbie doll and the [UConn] students said I am not allowed to bring that with me. You know, I will take that under consideration because I am all UConn now.

That's new UConn president Susan Herbst. We'll let the "students" part of her comment slide (the preferred term is "alumni") because we appear to be making progress on the pressing issue of that insidious Barbie. Also, since I'm now officially counting Herbst as a reader, I'd like to formally extend an invitation to her to join any and all of our OpenThreads. We'd love to have you pres.
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