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Neither. I coached Division I basketball for 40 years. I had three bouts with cancer, a broken hip and back problems all within a short time. The university and I admitted that we made some mistakes, and the NCAA came in and—I didn't think they mistreated us, but I thought that they held us to a higher standard. The final breakdown is that a former manager of ours gave $3,500 in goods and services to [recruit Nate Miles].
You know how complicated the concept of a legacy can be. A lot of people have a sense that, I know he did a lot of great stuff, but I'm not sure he's totally clean. What is your answer to that?
I understand that, but my question to you would be, Why do I need an explanation for what I've done for my roughly 45-year career, counting high school? Why do I need to answer to people because there was $3,500 given by a former manager to a prospective student? That happened, O.K.? We were blamed as a basketball program for that. By the way, the NCAA was here for two years. In two years they found no other evidence [of wrongdoing]. If you remember correctly, [the NCAA] said I didn't create an atmosphere of compliance. So what rule did I break? Well, they had me secondarily—leaving a couple of tickets for guys I didn't think were AAU coaches any longer. O.K., I'm the head coach. I should have known more.
But then a couple of assistant coaches lost their jobs.
But only one of the assistant coaches, Beau Archibald, who's in China right now, was ever [penalized]. Think about this. Andre [LaFleur] is coaching at Providence. Pat Sellers is at Hofstra. There was no question that Beau, who was the director of operations, made phone calls, I thought legal phone calls.
What do you think of this new rule that any violation committed by an assistant gets attached to the head coach? Is that going to be called the Jim Calhoun rule? Not everybody gets a rule named after them.
Well, I don't want to have a rule named after me. Everything that I've done—coaching, administrating, charity [work]—I've done with good intentions. Has everything always worked out the way I wanted it to? I could give you a game, a practice, whatever it may be that I [said or did something] that I wish I could take back. Never once have I wanted a player to have the power over me that I "got him there."
You can't coach a guy you bought.
Exactly. Particularly with my style, I don't think I could coach a guy under those circumstances.
Driving up here, I tried to imagine what it must have felt like for you at 15 to lose your dad to a heart attack. And how that must have changed your life and the way you look at the world.