By Matt Norlander
The New London Day reports it has sources claiming today, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, is the final day of employment for Jeff Hathaway as athletic director at Connecticut.
I'm setting the over/under on Jim Calhoun announcing his return as the coach of the Huskies for Monday at 4:15 p.m.
It's a buyout situation, of course. Hathaway's come to the end of the line, and if he doesn't take the deal then he'll officially be fired by UConn and its new president, Susan Herbst. The Day reports:
Hathaway had long been rumored to be on his way out. There are a number of reasons for it, but Calhoun's insistence were chief among them. To say Calhoun detests Hathaway would not be out of bounds; the long-frosty relationship between the two has been public knowledge for awhile now.
The sources said Hathaway will have until the end of business today to accept a buyout plan. If Hathaway does not accept one, he will be terminated.
The sources said Hathaway has asked for $3 million plus other bonuses. It was unclear what UConn has offered. Hathaway works under a six-year contract that rolls over yearly. His base pay, according to the university, is $351,717 with another approximately $600,000 annually for speaking engagements and other duties.
Hathaway's job performance was recently subjected to a "360 evaluation" by MGT of America. The report, which the sources said reveals mostly unflattering opinions about Hathaway from more than 30 people interviewed, is due today.
With Hathaway leaving there's a spot open at one of the top basketball programs in the country. It's an interesting and challening job. Calhoun will be gone within three years, so going forward, it's quite a gig to take. The person coming in will have to handle Calhoun's ego and the expectation of hiring a big-time men's basketball coach to Storrs, Conn., which is in the middle of nowhere. Calhoun will want a coach on staff to take over, while the boosters and fanbase will likely expect and/or want a national time to take the reigns once Calhoun leaves.