Calhoun Prepares for Suspension

STORRS, Conn. – The 10-day break from games for final exams has given coach Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut basketball team an opportunity to get some rest, experiment with lineups, and also to start making preparations for things ahead.

Among those tasks is the transition to Dec. 28 when Calhoun begins serving his three-game suspension, part of the penalty announced last February by the NCAA for recruiting violations involving the Nate Miles case.

Calhoun has been suspended for the first three Big East games of the 2011-12 season and will not be on the bench for the Dec. 28 game at South Florida, the Dec. 31 game against St. John's, and the Jan. 3 game at Seton Hall.

"There will be a different guy driving the trolley and it won't be me for a couple of games," Calhoun said Thursday. "I've made sure in a couple of [practice] sessions that the assistant coaches are coaching a lot more. I won't talk to the team about it until maybe a day or so before we get ready before Fairfield (Dec. 22). But I've made those preparations."

Calhoun said UConn is still in discussions with the NCAA regarding the stipulations associated with the suspension. He said he still isn't certain about traveling with the team, when he can and can't be in contact with the players and assistants in meetings, meals, etc. Calhoun will likely announce those details next week.

Calhoun was cited by the NCAA for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within the UConn program. UConn was also hit with scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions.


Reserve center Enosch Wolf is recovering from a concussion and is being held out of practice. Calhoun said Wolf is expected to return in a few days. . . . Redshirt freshman Michael Bradley is easing back into things as returns to practice after that broken ankle suffered in October. "Michael plays half court every other day," Calhoun said. "He's come along, he's strong and a physical rebounder. But you can't see that right now because he can't really run. He doesn't do full court." Calhoun said it might be another two weeks before he reaches that point.


The 13th Annual Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive will be held Monday, Dec. 19 in Hartford. Calhoun, his family, the UConn team and coaches are joining with the Hartford law firm of RisCassi and Davis, Price Chopper, Omar Coffee, the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation and the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services to distribute 1,000 turkeys and holiday meal fixings to needy families.

First stop will be the Pope Park Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Drive in Hartford from 5-7 p.m. The other location, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will be St. Monica's Episcopal Church at 3575 Main Street in Hartford.

Since Calhoun began the food drive in 1999, more than $1.4 million has been raised to benefit Connecticut families.

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