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Don’t ask UConn’s Coach Calhoun if he can spare a dime. He only makes $1.6 million a year.avatar

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Connecticut’s highest-paid state employee, Jim Calhoun, earns $1.6 million a year for coaching men’s basketball at the university.

After a game last Saturday, political activist Ken Krayeske asked Calhoun why a public university was paying so much, especially since the entire country is facing hard times and Connecticut itself – at a $944 million deficit -  is in turmoil. And that if he would give any money back?

Calhoun said something about wanting to retire some day.  He also told Krayeske,  ”Not a dime. Quite frankly we bring in $12 million to the university, nothing to do with state funds … My best advice to you is, shut up.”

Calhoun, whose won two NCAA Championship games, hasn’t spoken to the media since, but the No. 2 ranked UConn Huskies play again on Wednesday against Marquette.  Yo coach be prepared for more questions.

Yes be prepared Coach C because Connecticut is projecting an $8 billion shortfall over the next two years.  So c’mon face your opponents and give until it hurts. After all, money is fleeting.

Some have labeled Calhoun’s remarks as “embarrassing,” like the state’s Governor Jodi Rell, while UConn’s women’s coach Geno Auriemma (5 years at $8 million) says Calhoun works hard and it’s not fair to ask someone if they deserve what they make.

Consider this: According to the New York Times, in 2007 Pete Carroll, the head football coach at the University of Southern California made $4.4 million, while Duke’s b-ball coach Mike Krzyzewski made $2.2 million.

Written by Daniel Cásarez

February 24th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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  1. Don’t be critical about the intracacies involved in coaching. Many players come from extreme backgrounds.
    And sometimes the only parenting they can get is from a coach. And coach Calhoun is no different. I won’t pretend to know what he is thinking. No person should do that. After all he may be giving more than a dime to charities in his personal life.
    Besides coach Calhoun is recongnized for his outstanding acheivements in basketball.



    27 Feb 09 at 10:59 am

  2. one more thing about coach Calhoun is he acchieved 800 career wins. This is a big victory for those kids and the school.



    27 Feb 09 at 11:02 am

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