Wednesday, June 23, 2010

'Funny, How? Like a Clown? Do I Amuse You?'

Oh to be a fly on the wall for this one: Jim Calhoun and Joe Pesci chatting on the first tee at the Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am this afternoon at TPC River Highlands.

What little I did hear from the conversation, Calhoun was talking to Pesci about the "now youze can't leave" line in 'A Bronx Tale.' I home Jim knew that it was Chazz Palminteri who uttered that line, not Pesci, who only appeared in one brief scene at the very end of the movie.

Oh, and it's worth noting that Pesci was introduced as an actor who played such iconic roles as "Danny DeVito in Goodfellas." Um, the character's name was Tommy DeVito.

As to the assistant coach search, Calhoun said: "We hope to have something done. Jeff Hathaway is away. He said he'd be back by 6 p.m. tonight and would go to the office so if we can sign some papers tonight or tomorrow hopefully by tomorrow night or Friday we'd have something done."

It has been widely reported that Kevin Ollie (assistant) and Glen Miller (director of basketball administration) are the top candidates to replace Patrick Sellers and Beau Archibald, respectively.

"They still have to sign contracts. After I make a recommendation, they still have to agree with the athletic director on the price and all that type of thing.

Financially, I know one of the candidates has got three other offers, not at this level. Obviously they aren't going to be able to outbid us."

Here's Calhoun teeing off on the first hole, where he heard mostly warm cheers (but I believe I detected a few scattered boos):

Calhoun added that every one of next year's players are on campus right now except Roscoe Smith and Niels Giffey.

Giffey is trying to make a decision on what he wants to do as far as playing with the German under-19 team or not this summer.

Meanwhile, "Kemba (Walker) will be leaving on July 17 to work out with the Olympic team. They announce 10 or 11 college kids will work every day with the Olympic team. It's a nice honor for him."

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