Noooow we see why Calhoun isn't here tonight ...
After Rutecki ejected Calhoun with 6 1/2 minutes left in that Northeastern game, Calhoun called the ref "incompetent."
"(Rutecki) is not very good. The other two guys actually weren't bad, but that official was a bad official. I'm sure I'll hear about this, but he's a bad official."
Calhoun did hear about it: he was reprimanded (but not suspended by) the Big East the next day.
George Blaney took over and UConn played much better over the final 6 1/2 minutes.
"They loosened up and played much better under George," Calhoun admitted.
UConn isn't playing appreciably better tonight under Blaney. The Huskies do hold a 31-28 lead over a St. John's team that's not too bad.
Some more gems from that Dec. 6 postgame:
(on getting T'd up for laughing at an official's call)
"I think laughing should be banned," Calhooun said sarcastically. "He said, 'I interpreted that as making fun of the official' … I could have been laughing, I might have had gas."
(more on Rutecki)
"He's not advancing to the NCAA Tournament," Calhoun said. "If he's practicing to do that, he's wasting his time right now."