JC: People don't realize that there's no way Kemba Walker, as good as he is, can win a national championship [by himself]. He just can't. He was the leader. But Jeremy Lamb is a terrific player. Alex Oriakhi was just a monster. I've never been involved in anything like the 11-game run.
What was more impressive: Winning the NCAA tournament or winning five games in five days in the Big East tournament?
JC: I don't know what was more impressive. I know what was harder: five games, five days.
Did you know what you had in this team after losing four of five to end the regular season?
JC: We were losing a little bit of our confidence. Then going into the Big East tournament, for us to get a 26-point win over DePaul—real important. Then to beat Georgetown by 17—that was special. And then beating Pittsburgh ... Kemba's jump shot set up the rest of everything that happened.
You have to sit out your first three Big East games next season. Is that a fair penalty?
JC: I haven't really discussed too much publicly about the NCAA. I volunteered to sit out games this year. I took full responsibility. Whether I agree or disagree with the NCAA is not important. I would like to have done it at the end of the season. I thought that would have been more fair. Why start it up next year? It's been 2½ years.
What rules did you break?
JC: I gave out three unauthorized tickets to people who told me they weren't coaching AAU, and I made four impermissible calls. The overall charge was lack of compliance within the basketball program.
Did all the discussion of the sanctions bother you during the title run?