Yes, you read that headline correctly. After years of being most combative with the media, UConn head coach Jim Calhoun actually thanked his counterparts after beating DePaul 81-67 on Tuesday, reports Daniel Martin of NBCSports.com.
When discussing his health after recovering from a recent back surgery, Calhoun offered this:
"Thank God it’s no longer a nerve pain and I’m not walking with a cane anymore," he said, seeming upbeat. Then he added a joke: "I couldn’t walk with a cane on the sidelines because the officials might have been hit."
Then, he stunned the room.
"By the way, speaking on that note, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank, generally speaking, almost everybody in the media for the way you’ve treated this,"said Calhoun.
"You reported what happened, you didn’t make value judgments about it. I know people are going to talk about retirement, any other thing, because we’re talking about the sport," he continued. "But I have great respect, and generally speaking, for the way you’ve treated me and my family…"
One has to wonder if this is a change from the Calhoun we have come to know or just a moment that will prove to be fleeting. Either way, he and his team will be ready to go once more against West Virginia, Wednesday at noon.