Then, with the first question of the press conference, Calhoun's mood took a quick U-turn. And rightfully so.
Some guy from a paper called the Hartford News, who apparently considers himself The Last Brave Journalist (my words, not his), decided to take up a cause. Here's how it unfolded:
Last Brave Journalist: Considering that you're the highest-paid state employee and there's a $2 billion budget deficit, do you think …
Jim Calhoun: Not a dime back.
LBJ: Not a dime back?
JC: Not a dime back. I'd like to be able to retire some day.
LBJ: You don't think $1.5 million is enough?
JC: I make a lot more than that.
LBJ: You do?
JC: What was the take tonight?
LBJ: What's the deal with ComCast worth?
JC: You're not really that stupid, are you?
LBJ: Yes, I am.
JC: My best advice to you – shut up.
LBJ: Thank you. That's very polite of you.
JC: No, it wasn't polite of me, I want you to shut up. If you want to talk to me outside, I'd be more than happy to.
LBJ: If these guys covered this stuff, I wouldn't have to do it.
JC: Quite frankly, we bring in $12 million a year for this university. (Then, Calhoun's volume really increased) GET SOME FACTS AND COME BACK AND SEE ME. GET SOME FACTS AND COME BACK AND SEE ME. DON'T THROW OUT SALARIES OR OTHER THINGS. GET SOME FACTS AND COME BACK AND SEE ME. WE TURN OVER MORE THAN $12 MILLION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, WHICH IS STATE-RUN. NEXT QUESTION.
The Last Brave Journalist does, in fact, have a name: Ken Krayeske. Apparently, he asked for a photographer's credential earlier in the week because he said he was working on a story on UConn and needed some pictures to run with it. Didn't see a camera around his neck, however.
Bottom line: there's a time and place to ask Calhoun questions about this. Leading off a postgame presser with this line of questioning isn't the time or the place, and rather comes across as simply a way to call attention to yourself in a loud and obnoxious way.