The University of Connecticut men's basketball team has nothing to play for this upcoming season except for pride. But that is not stopping head coach Jim Calhoun from being optimistic about 2012.
UConn's appeal to be reinstated to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament failed yesterday and so their season will end in early March. The NCAA slapped the Huskies with a postseason ban because of poor academic performance from its athletes. The Big East Conference also banned the team from participating in the conference tournament.
"My contract is for two more years," Calhoun said when asked how long he planned to coach, according to CBSSports.com. "It'll certainly be different this year. "But there are a whole bunch of schools that aren't going to make the NCAA tournament and will still play hard."The 70-year old Calhoun will be entering his 27th year on the UConn bench and his Huskies do have a lot of talent returning, including guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, plus transfer fifth-year senior R.J. Evans.