Where’s the outrage on this one? Is The Shad the only person troubled by this situation? The national champion UConn men’s basketball program is out of control—a kingdom unto its own, with Jim Calhoun at the throne.
Let’s review: Calhoun’s program is caught cheating in the recruiting of Nate Miles. Two assistant coaches take the fall but the guy who runs the program, Calhoun, is somehow rewarded with a new contract and a big, fat raise (he’ll make $3 million this year). As a result of the cheating, the NCAA stripped the program of a scholarship. As a result of the players’ abysmal performance as “students,” Calhoun and his court jesters loss another two scholarships—that makes three lost scholarships for any player struggling to do the math.
Then the exciting news comes that coveted recruit Andre Drummond is coming to Storrs to join an already impressive returning core of the team that won it all. Now the question comes, with the lost scholarships, where do we find one for Drummond? The Hartford Courant’s Don Amore reports that school officials actually approached a no-man but apparently filled-with-potential player named Michael Bradley about giving up his scholarship so Drummond can have it. The rules and calendar being what they are, a player must voluntarily give up his scholarship—it can’t be take away (which Calhoun would no doubt do if he could).
Here’s the outrageous domino effect: If Bradley gives up his scholarship so it can be handed over to Drummond, he would get financial aid because of his personal and family situation. Everyone knows there is a finite amount of financial aid. Therefore it’s likely that some “regular student” would miss out on the aid that would go to Bradley. The bottom line? Some poor kid who was on the bubble for financial aid gets punished because Calhoun’s program cheated. A very sad situation indeed.