Ken Krayeske on Saturday over his salary of more than $1 million annually and his ranking as one of the highest-paid state employees. Calhoun is paid even more than his supervisors - UConn president Michael Hogan and athletic director Jeff Hathaway - according to statistics from the state comptroller's office.
The heated exchange, which occurred after UConn won a game Saturday at the former Hartford Civic Center, ended up being featured on ESPN and on You Tube. Krayeske brought up Calhoun's salary in light of the ever-growing state budget deficit, which has prompted Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to ask the state-employee unions for concessions and givebacks.
"Not a dime back,'' Calhoun said to Krayeske, regarding his salary. As the exchange continued and Krayeske asked about Calhoun's commercial deal with Comcast cable television, Calhoun said, "You're not really that stupid, are you? ... My best advice to you: shut up.'' "Quite frankly, we bring in $12 million to the university, nothing to do with state funds," Calhoun shouted. "We make $12 million a year for this university.