UConn, after much consultation with the NCAA, announced Thursday that the three games George Blaney coached in Jim Calhoun’s stead recently will in fact be credited to Blaney. Normally when a coach is out for a short, or at least temporary time, the wins and losses are put on the record of the head coach even if he’s not there.
This situation, perhaps the NCAA’s first-ever direct suspension of a head coach (first by Committee on Infractions, it seems), required a little extra research.
The NCAA issued a brief statement through UConn:
“The Committee on Infractions’ expectation and mandate is that no coach serving a suspension be given credit for any wins or losses accrued by his/her team during the term of suspension. This is consistent with the complete removal of the coach from all aspects of game preparation (practices, film study, team meetings, etc.) from the time the last game the coach is allowed to be present for ends through the end of the final game of the suspension period.”
UConn was 2-1 without Calhoun recently.
So Calhoun’s career record stays at the 865-368 it was before the suspension. Blaney’s moves to 461-383.
This really is semantics, though it does make Calhoun’s unofficial battle with friend and rival Jim Boeheim to be “the guy who is second to Krzyzewski when he retires” a little tougher.