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Off-court issues wear on Calhoun

DETROIT — Jim Calhoun says he will think about getting out of coaching because of "some things thrown around for the past couple of weeks" that have disappointed him.

Connecticut's Hall of Fame coach was testy at times during his news conference Saturday night after an 82-73 loss to Michigan State in the Final Four.

Calhoun, 66, said he doesn't plan on leaving the game but added he will give his future a lot of thought because of non-coaching matters.

"Those kind of things, that's why Dean Smith told me at 67 he got out," Calhoun recalled, referring to North Carolina's retired Hall of Fame coach. "It wasn't basketball. It was the other things.

"I love the kids, love the game. I don't plan to go anyplace. But I'm going to give a lot of reflection, maybe more reflection than normal, because of that."

Yahoo Sports recently reported former UConn recruit Nate Miles was given lodging, transportation, meals and representation by sports agent Josh Nochimson and that a UConn assistant coach knew about the relationship between the player and the agent.

Calhoun said the NCAA has asked him not to speak about the facts of the case and when he said he had a "gag order," he was reprimanded.

"I probably shouldn't be expressing it, but that's just who I am," Calhoun said about why he would think about leaving despite his love of the game and his players. "I couldn't be more disappointed in people who just jump on and make two people all of a sudden become the expert on who Jim Calhoun is."

One for the books: The announced crowd of 72,456 at Ford Field was the largest in Final Four history and the second largest in college basketball history. A game between Michigan State and Kentucky here on Dec. 13, 2003 drew 78,129.

CLANK: There were no late-game thrills this time for Scottie Reynolds. There won't be again in this NCAA Tournament.

Villanova shot a dreadful 5-of-27 on 3-pointers in its loss to North Carolina, abandoning its usual patient offense and its lockdown defense that was a staple of its Final Four run.

Reynolds was the worst offender, missing eight of his 11 attempts. He put Villanova in its first Final Four in 24 years with a winning layup against Pittsburgh last week, then failed to score against the Tar Heels in the first nine minutes of the game.

WHAT NOW? All of a sudden, UConn C Hasheem Thabeet has plenty of time to think about his plans. Will he turn pro or return for his senior season?

Thabeet had not wanted to think about that until after the championship game.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I don't have a schedule. I was looking forward to play on Monday. So far I don't have any plans."

Later, Thabeet raised the hopes of Huskies fans when he added, "I'm still a junior. I've got still one more year."

Faces in the crowd: Spotting famous basketball players and coaches is nothing new at a Final Four, but in the stands was former Tampa Bay Bucs and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

Off-court issues wear on Calhoun 04/04/09 [Last modified: Sunday, April 5, 2009 12:32am]
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