March 26, 2009
Yesterday, Yahoo! Sports published a comprehensive and damning report about Jim Calhoun's contact with a recruit and his go-between, a player agent named Josh Nochimson. You can read the whole thing for the full scoop, but because the story has been so widely cited and credited since its publication, you probably know most of the major details already.
Naturally, Calhoun was asked to respond to the charges outlined by Dan Wetzel and Adrian Wojnarowski in the story. This was his oh-so-hilarious response:
It was a newspaper story that ... it wasn’t a newspaper, I’m sorry. It was a blog story that appeared, I guess, in something I probably can’t get a hold of, which is Yahoo! And very simply my comments are what I said.
Calhoun didn't otherwise comment about the story; Jason King reported that he was "whisked away" by his media relations director before more words could come from his mouth.
But before he goes, we here at The Dagger -- Y! Sports' actual college basketball blog -- would like to say something: thanks, Jim. We had absolutely nothing to do with the story (which was very obviously not a blog post), and we deserve absolutely zero credit for the incomprehensible level of research and reporting that led to its publication. So we won't take any. But we will say thanks, because Calhoun might be the first person to inadvertently attribute hard-working, "real" investigatory journalism to blogging. In a way, it's like he's paying us a compliment. Validation! It's a party atmosphere down here in Mom's basement, it really is.
Only problem is that dismissing this -- which was written and edited by award-winning professional journalists who no doubt worked light years harder on it than I am currently working on this blog post -- in such a manner does a huge disservice to those reporters. They sonned you on this one. You don't have to read the story in newsprint to know that. What was it you said to that kid who asked you about your salary? "Get some facts, and then come back and see me?" Wojnarowski and Wetzel got the facts on this one, Jim.
Naturally, this sort of dismissal and poor-mouthing is to be expected, as Calhoun has an obvious interest in discrediting the story as much as possible. Unfortunately for him, "THE INTERNET" isn't so easy to dismiss anymore.