Green Party activist in Connecticut makes a splash in the sports news

On The Wilder Side:

“[Coach Jim] Calhoun…is set to make $1.6 million in 2009-10, the final year of his contract.”

(excerpt from) Sporting News
Activist angers Calhoun by questioning salary
Posted: February 21, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun [basketball coach] got into a heated exchange at a postgame news conference Saturday with a freelance journalist and political activist who questioned why the coach of a public university was making $1.6 million in tough economic times.

“Not a dime back,” Calhoun joked as Ken Krayeske asked about Calhoun’s salary and the state’s budget deficit, which is estimated at $944 million for the current fiscal year and up to $8 billion over the next two years.

When Krayeske continued the line of questioning, Calhoun got angry…

“Quite frankly, we bring in $12 million to the university, nothing to do with state funds,” Calhoun shouted back. “We make $12 million a year for this university. Get some facts and come back and see me …

Krayeske, 36, of Hartford is a political activist and self-described freelance journalist who has landed in the headlines after other high-profile incidents in the past…

Krayeske also was the campaign manager for Connecticut Green Party candidate Cliff Thornton’s 2006 gubernatorial run.

Calhoun, who has two national titles, is set to make $1.6 million in 2009-10, the final year of his contract. Women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has brought five national championships to Storrs, recently signed a five-year, $8 million deal that begins July 1.

Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall signed a five-year deal a year ago that pays him an average of $1.5 million annually.

The three coaches are among the state’s highest paid employees.


Reposted to IPR by Paulie

4 thoughts on “Green Party activist in Connecticut makes a splash in the sports news

  1. Steven R Linnabary

    Typical Green stupidity.

    Stupidity?? To criticize the local religion? Make no mistake, College and high school sports have become local religions.

    Marshall Fritz was forced to rework his spiel as he was touring Texas and talking about his “Separation of School and State”. He found that people were more concerned with losing their local football teams than with their children’s education.

    Bureaucrats everywhere always maintain that every boondoggle, no matter how inane, will bring in more dollars than what is actually spent. Something to do with “trickle down”, or how every dollar spent will be spent again and again.

    Hell, even all of the Bush/Obama bailouts and stimulus boondoggles have been sold the same way.

    But the coaches arrogance and condescension probably tells us that the reporter wasn’t far off the mark.

    PEACE

  2. G.E.

    Come on. You can’t compare a coach’s salary to a bailout. It is very easy to trace how much a sports program brings in. It can’t really be fudged. If instead, the school abolished its sports programs, or — as the Greens might prefer — had a no-cuts policy and randomly rotated evenly gendered teams, who rode to away games on hydroelectric bicycles, etc. — then the state would LOSE money.

    Which don’t get me wrong, would be a good thing. But not in the Greens’ eyes.

  3. Steven R Linnabary

    You can’t compare a coach’s salary to a bailout. It is very easy to trace how much a sports program brings in. It can’t really be fudged.

    Of course. Hotels are full on game day. Restaurants are full. But is that worth the millions spent on a government employee? What “compelling state interest” is advanced by paying a frivolous state employee such an outrageous sum?

    If instead, the school abolished its sports programs

    Again, what “compelling state interest” is advanced by even having sports programs? Other than to give gamblers something to bet on?

    Or is it to create a state religion based on sports, including elevating those with such talents as ‘ability to throw a ball’ to messianic heights?

    We might disagree on whether the above reporter was “stupid” or brave to question the local religion. A state approved religion.

    And you can bet that UConn gets prayers that Brigham Young or Notre Dame could envy.

    PEACE

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