Saturday, October 16, 2010
Jim Calhoun back at practice
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut Huskies men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun was back at practice Saturday, one day after spending more than 13 hours in front of the NCAA committee on infractions in Indianapolis.
Calhoun declined to comment on the hearing after the team's first practice, which lasted about 3½ hours.
On Friday, he and other UConn officials, including president Philip Austin and athletic director Jeff Hathaway, tried to convince the committee that the school's self-imposed sanctions were sufficient punishment for eight major violations alleged by NCAA enforcement staff.
Calhoun said he arrived home from Indianapolis at about 2:30 a.m. ET and was in his office by about 6:30 a.m., preparing for the 10:30 a.m. start of practice.
"I couldn't wait to get to the gym. I'm in a place I feel comfortable," Calhoun said. "I'm a basketball coach and I couldn't wait to get back in the gym. I'm here to coach basketball and that's what I'm doing right now. I'm just happy to be here."
The committee is expected to issue its decision on any added sanctions in four to six weeks.
"You should at least leave there feeling better that you told your story," Calhoun said.