Calhoun was Forthright with Boatright
"I won’t name who has," said Tanesha, Ryan Boatright's mom, "but I will say this: Coach Calhoun never spoke negative towards any other program. He could have fired back, said 'they think this about us, what about them? They never won.' He concentrated on what happens at UConn."
"There was a lot of negativity towards UConn, there really was," she added. "I was surprised to see how this whole thing works."
But Ryan still wound up choosing. Here's the story from today's Register.
With all that Boatright has been through in his recruitment -- committing to USC at age 13, rescinding it a few years later when coach Tim Floyd left, committing to West Virginia then de-committing a few days later after the Mountaineers welcomed another point guard -- you'd think he'd be wary of committing to a program that could get hit with further NCAA sanctions over the next month or so.
But Boatright and his mom took Calhoun at his word that things should be fine in Storrs.
“I took it into consideration," Ryan said. "From my understanding, hopefully they won't get that postseason stuff taken away. We understand some stuff will probably get taken away, but the kid (Nate Miles) never played for them, never practiced with them, so I don’t see why wouldn’t let them play (in the postseason)."
"Believe me, I asked questions," Tanesha said. "(Calhoun) just said, 'Just trust us, and believe everything is going to work out.' He would not intentionally put Ryan in a bad situation at all. He's a father, too. In the end, we're all going to trust that everything is going to be OK."
"I look at it like this," Tanesha sdded, "West Virginia had no stipulations on it. The NCAA wasn't investigating them, and look what they still did. You can walk into a situation that looks great for you and it's still not great for you. You have to do what's in your heart. Even LeBron (James), nobody expected him to do what he did, but he did what he had to do."