Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said yesterday he won’t make a decision on his future until well after the Final Four.
The 68-year-old Hall of Famer, with two national championships, is taking his fourth UConn team to the national semifinals.
He said if UConn wins another title, “standing on the podium would be a bad time to make a decision, and quite frankly if things don’t go well it would be a lousy time to make a decision.’’
There were calls for Calhoun’s job after the Huskies failed to make the Tournament in 2010 and the NCAA issued a report that found major recruiting violations at UConn.
UConn finished this regular season with losses in four of its last five, but has gone 9-0 since.
Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for three games next season for recruiting violations committed under his watch.
Painter a wanted man Purdue coach Matt Painter will meet with Missouri officials regarding its vacant head coaching position. However, Purdue said in a statement it is committed to keeping him. The 40-year-old Painter has been selected the Big Ten’s coach of the year three times and led the Boilermakers to Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2010 . . . Monmouth hired Vanderbilt assistant King Rice as its coach, looking to put the program on course after five straight losing seasons . . . Louisiana Tech hired Mississippi assistant Michael White as its coach, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press . . . Memphis coach Josh Pastner signed a five-year extension worth $1.7 million annually that runs through the 2015-16 season . . . Among those declaring for the NBA draft but not hiring an agent in order to keep open the possibility of returning to school were UCLA guard Malcolm Lee, Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs, and Maryland center Jordan Williams . . . Garrett Stutz scored a career-high 24 points, and Wichita State romped past Washington State, 75-44, and into tomorrow’s NIT championship game. The Shockers will face Alabama for the title after JaMychal Green scored 22 points to lead the Crimson Tide over Colorado, 62-61, in the nightcap at Madison Square Garden.
Blodgett out at Maine Maine fired women’s coach Cindy Blodgett four years after she returned to the school where she was a star player. While at Maine from 1994 to 1998, Blodgett took the team to the NCAA Tournament four times and was the nation’s scoring leader twice. But the team struggled under her leadership, posting a 25-94 record . . . UConn star Maya Moore joined former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris as the only four-time All-Americans when she was honored by the Associated Press. She was joined on the team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen, Texas A&M’s Danielle Adams, and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender. The second team was: Oklahoma senior Danielle Robinson, Xavier senior Amber Harris, Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot, Stanford junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike, and Duke senior Jasmine Thomas. The third team was: Tennessee junior Shekinna Stricklen, Miami junior Shenise Johnson, Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap, Xavier senior Ta’Shia Phillips, and Notre Dame sophomore Skylar Diggins. Boston College senior Carolyn Swords was an honorable mention.