Calhoun a winner in return to sidelines
HARTFORD — Jim Calhoun emerged from the locker room about 10 minutes before opening tap Friday night — a little earlier than usual.
The bow-legged gait was familiar, as was the stern game face he wore while making his way to his high-back stool on the sidelines to watch his team warm up.
About 11 minutes later, he was off his stool, calling a timeout less than a minute into the game and pulling Bloomfield’s Mike Sagay after he got dunked on. Four minutes after that ... yup, Calhoun drew a technical foul — from Jawaan Williams, a UConn alum no less!
“In all honesty,” Calhoun insisted, “I’ve said a lot worse than what I said to him.”
Later, that high-back stool was thrown to the floor in frustration.
“I tripped on the chair,” he said with a wry smile.
Jim Calhoun was back. In vastly different environs, but back — as coach of Division III University of Saint Joseph in its inaugural season. And he willed his team to a victory. Seemed like old times.
The last time Calhoun had patrolled the sidelines of a college basketball game, he was a reigning national champion with three future NBA players on his side: Andre Drummond, Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier. John Calipari, whose Kentucky team awaited the winner, was among the crowd of 22,131 inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky for what turned out to be UConn’s NCAA tournament second-round loss to Iowa State. When Lamb’s thunderous — if meaningless — dunk attempt caromed off the back rim in 79 74