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College Coach for Men's Basketball at University of Connecticut

   

Jim Calhoun Quotes

“The people you're hanging around now and go out with at night -- and I know you're doing it out of frustration but nevertheless -- those people don't want you to leave, because if you leave, you're being successful and they are struggling with their own agenda and success.”
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“When my dad died at 15 [of a heart attack], ... one of the sacred places I could go was with a ball, a hoop and a dream - by myself. It's one of the few sports that allows you to do that. In those moments of solitude, I was able to work out some of my life issues. It was a very difficult time for me.”
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“When he's introduced and he starts that loud scream - I'm sure you can all hear it across the way - he plays the game with great enthusiasm. What a wonderful thing. It really is. It's terrific to see a kid that really enjoys playing.”
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“I can only imagine the feeling they must have in that locker room, on that campus. They couldn't have imagined this, but they've done it. I applaud them. They deserved to win.”
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“He threw a couple passes that went off people's hands, but he also threw some passes that we haven't had thrown all year. That's to be expected because he's a great passer.”
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“From top to bottom, this league is terrific - Notre Dame, is a fantastic team, they sit at 1-5, but they're not a 1-5 basketball team. That's the unfortunate thing about the league. You can't have an off day, or an off couple of minutes, or you'll lose.”
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“Certainly Hilton will come in with a lot more attention than he had before. A full 40 minutes of focus is what we're going to need.”
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“You find you think more about what can go wrong, when you're the hunted. When you're the hunter, you think about all the things that can go right.”
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“When people love you and believe in you, it instills confidence. Confidence comes from the people around you.”
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“Basketball doesn't care if you're big or small, fast or slow. It just asks you to play, to compete, to lose with dignity, to win with humility.”
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“Rankings and polls and seeds and all that stuff, in the midst of a game, they don't count. You have to make shots, you have to get rebounds, you have to play defense.”
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“They don't measure heart by inches, they don't measure courage, they don't measure basketball instinct and intelligence.”
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“Say what you want, but people wanted to see Bobby Huggins there and losing Bobby will be difficult for the league, ... Jay [Wright at Villanova] is coming along, but as far as national reputations, you've got the three of us [Calhoun, Boeheim and Pitino].”
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“I've always thought he was unappreciated, ... It wasn't until he got to the Final Four in the Meadowlands in 1996 that I felt he was truly appreciated. I remember the first 10 years in the league I had to answer why Jim can't win this or that. We're the old guard of the Big East.”
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“Whether it was 50 bucks being sent to me at school, traveling through a snowstorm to see me play, coming to a football game in high school, all those things gave me a sense of love and belief and those things inspired confidence.”
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“This is the greatest honor I could ever receive.”
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“Only two of the six kids have college degrees - my brother, who is a cardiologist, and me, ... We were a large Irish family, and in those days, the boys went to college. My sisters gave me $50 here and there and came to my games. They all gave me something. When people love you and believe in you, it instills confidence. Confidence comes from the people around you.”
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