Husky Hoops And Mitchells Suits

Jim Calhoun in a well-tailored suit...

When the UConn men’s basketball team takes on Kentucky tonight in the NCAA Final 4 — and the Husky women play Notre Dame tomorrow, in the Elite 8 — hoops fans around the country will watch the action closely.

When TV cameras zoom in on UConn coaches Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma, we’ll watch them jump up, gesticulate, shout and diagram plays.

Bill Mitchell will watch their suits.

He’s friends with both men.  And his store — Mitchells of Westport — is their clothier.

...Geno Auriemma also looks sharp...

Calhoun and Auriemma are regular customers at the Post Road shop — when they can get here.  This week, though, the Husky men were leaving for Houston.  Their coach needed to look sharp, so Mitchell hustled up to Storrs with a few new suits.

Then he took off for Texas too.  Thursday night, Mitchell joined another friend and customer — Westport’s Jim Nantz — at the CBS announcer’s fundraiser for an Alzheimer’s wing he contributed, in his father’s memory, at Methodist Hospital.

Westport joins the rest of Connecticut in wishing the UConn men and women good luck in their tournament runs.

Win, lose or draw though, we know their coaches will be the best-dressed men in the entire NCAA.

...and so does Jim Nantz. He has to. He's a sportscaster.

22 responses to “Husky Hoops And Mitchells Suits

  1. The Dude Abides

    Well, Coach Calhoun should be able to afford the suits. He is the highest paid Connecticut employee in the state at $2.5 million a year. With a graduation rate of his teams at about 27%, worth every penny??

    • Richard Lawrence Stein

      Dude just remember what Babe Ruth said when a reporter said, “Hey Babe you are paid more then the President of the United States!” his response was “I had a better year!”… Calhoun and Geno had much better a year! GO UCONN!

    • anonymousII

      If they are not paying for the suits, I hope they declare them on their income tax returns.

  2. The Dude Abides

    Hoover was President then, too. But touche. Geno gets the gals through school but UCONN men’s is a minor league NBA and most don’t make it. Check out Bryant Gumbel on HBO this week and you see things a changin’.
    Gotta go with the Wildcats. The Huskies castrated my Longhorns in the regular season as they did last. Reappeared as a tortured goat in the Dance.

  3. Babe wasn’t paid with state tax dollars.

    • Who hired the coaches? Did someone make a decision that they were worth the salaries? Basketball and football at a number of D1 schools finance much if not all of the athletic programs. BTW if you follow your argument just a bit further, you will be asking the question; Why is the public funding this university? No one wants to got there, too many special interests at stake.

      • The Dude Abides

        Not sure where you are going? It is true that football/men’s basketball fund the other 40 sports on the NCAA agenda. The salaries for the UCONN coaches are competitive with other Division I coaches. Thus, your market determines their pay. I think UCONN has done a wonderful job of enhancing their national recognition through their athletic department. My only objection is the graduation rate. Deplorable.

        • The coaches are paid whatever the market requires. The graduation rate is very low; the the players were not admitted as students, but as basketball players. Many of the better players leave after only one year or two. Their job is to fill the arena.

          • The Dude Abides

            But for that UCONN is suppose to be an institution of higher education and the higher percentage of those players who leave, do not make a career in the NBA or doing much else. The players are being played.

          • The players know they are being played. The taxpayers are being played as well. UCONN is a business. Its purpose is to generate income for the employees and provide opportunities for patronage while seeming to provide a higher education. It is a very successful business.

          • The Dude Abides

            That is the sad point. The players do not know they are being played. They do know they are being left out of the money loop and lawsuits are beginning to appear. One by a former University of Massachuetts hoops player. 4 years of tuition/r&b/medical does not equate to the revenue these teams bring in each season especially if no degree.

  4. I’d be careful. NCAA gumshoes are not done with Calhoun and are always trying to find other ways to pin him down. Not sure it’s a direct violation, receiving freebies are always frown upon. Even this article doesn’t say the suits are “gifts”, the guys can spin it any way they wish.

    • Definitely not gifts. Jim and Geno pay for their suits. And, as noted in an earlier comment, they can afford to.

      • How did Bill Mitchell become “friends” with both coaches? I wouldn’t travel two hours (Storrs to Westport) to purchase quality suits.

  5. The Dude Abides

    The NCAA is fickle with their enforcement. They only employ 41 people and Auburn is on their hit list right now. I wish they would admit that most of these big schools are semi-pro and stop worrying about the bucks. They don’t bat an eye when one of these athletes beats the hell out of some civilian or date rapes a co-ed.

  6. Richard Lawrence Stein

    If the coaches sucked they would be fired… They are paid market value and lucky for us ie. The state we have winners that make the state proud and put it on the map

    • Princeton '82

      For a state of 3.5 million, definitely. Nothing compared to the overall programs of Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas or Michigan to name a few.

  7. Sven Davidson

    The NCAA employs over 400 people. Most of them looking for violations that are ludicrous – like telling the high school prospect that he owed the $1.77 value they put on a golf cart ride someone gave him to get across the campus he was visiting.

    • The Dude Abides

      Auburn football players were paid thousands of dollars for each”sack” and during recruitment, sexual favors at Ohio State. Not exactly a golf cart ride.