Hartford Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs, who long has been an adversary of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, wrote a column Thursday that said the Huskies weren’t getting a fair deal from the NCAA.
The story’s first commenter on the Courant’s website? Alex Oriakhi Sr., the father of the ex-UConn rising senior big man who is transferring from the school because it has been banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament for poor Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores from 2007-11.
The elder Oriakhi’s post read: “The point here is Uconn is in violation of NCAA rule book. Nobody is above the law. Is unfortunate innocent kids got caught up in this debacle. Without political correctness lets lay this blame squarely were it belongs. The coaching staffs dropped the ball.
“What is so hard to face reality. No one is bigger the Uconn as far as I am concerned. Everyday for the thief one day for the owner. A lot of these coaches not only Calhoun cheat their way to fame & fortune. Is a abt time they face the music. In every job I know of in America u break the rule u are gone no matter how highly placed u are. I have no qualm in calling on the ad to relieve Calhoun of this position.”
So the father of Oriakhi, a key cog on the Huskies’ 2011 national title team, wants the legendary coach fired as his son heads out the door to a list of suitors that includes Kentucky and North Carolina.
This just keeps getting worse for UConn.