Has there been a more tumultuous season in
history? Has there ever been a soap opera like the 2009-10 season?
Coming off an appearance in the
the year before, the Huskies endured one of the more puzzling and trying seasons in the
era. Having finished 18-16 after a loss to
in the second round of the NIT, the team finished with the most losses since Calhoun's first season in
Given that the Huskies had three seniors --
-- and an emerging star at point guard in
, expectations were high despite the losses of
and Craig Austrie.
But UConn proved to be as inconsistent as it could be dynamic, a disjointed group that played to exceptional highs (victories over
, Villanova and
) and dispiriting lows (losses to Cincinnati, South Florida and St. John's).
Throughout it all, the cloud of an ongoing
investigation lingered. In his 38th year as a head coach at the Division I level, Calhoun missed more games than he ever has. He took a seven-game leave in the middle of the season for an undisclosed medical condition.
In his absence, the Huskies defeated St. John's and top-ranked Texas, but then lost three in a row. UConn was 3-4 under
and 14-10 when Calhoun returned to the sideline Feb. 13 against Cincinnati at the
. The Huskies' 60-48 loss to the Bearcats might have been the ugliest of the season.
And then, go figure, the Huskies won three in a row, including victories over No. 3 Villanova and No. 8 West Virginia, to move back into
consideration. But a Senior Day loss to Louisville was the start of a four-game losing streak that culminated in an ugly loss to St. John's in the first round of the