Kellogg booted for poor attitude

Originally Published: March 15, 2005
By Andy Katz |

Freshman guard Antonio Kellogg likely will not return to Connecticut next season after a difficult attitude pushed the coaching staff to suspend him for the NCAA Tournament, sources close to the situation told

Kellogg (14.4 mpg, 3.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.2 apg) was suspended Monday for a violation of team rules, but it was largely because he had pushed head coach Jim Calhoun to the limit with a poor attitude – in practice, in games and in the classroom.

Kellogg's departure means the Huskies will be down to one point guard, starter Marcus Williams. Calhoun said he would go with Sami Ameziane and Ryan Thompson as backup point guards in the NCAA Tournament.

"But we can't have Williams in foul trouble," Calhoun said.

The Huskies should be fine at the position next season, assuming A.J. Price makes a full recovery from a brain hemorrhage and returns to playing competitive basketball. Williams isn't going anywhere prior to his junior season (as in the NBA draft). The Huskies might add another point guard in the spring, just in case.

Meanwhile, Calhoun said Denham Brown's groin pull should be healed in time for the Huskies' first-round game against Central Florida Friday in Worcester, Mass.

Massachusetts search
Calhoun said assistant Tom Moore is more than ready to handle the head coaching job at Massachusetts. He said Moore is one of the more unheralded assistants in the country.

"Tom Moore could take over UConn tomorrow," Calhoun said. "He's a gifted recruiter, a bright guy and incredibly responsible. He does all the things you need to do to be a head coach.

"This is a good time to go in the Atlantic 10 and the UMass team just needs a point guard and they'll be very good next year," Calhoun said.

Moore should be on a short list for the job with Memphis assistant Tony Barbee (a former UMass player), Manhattan's Bobby Gonzalez, Ohio's Tim O'Shea, former North Carolina coach Matt Doherty, Kent State coach Jim Christian and possibly UW-Milwaukee's Bruce Pearl.

Gillen's downfall
His February and March record could be one of the reasons Pete Gillen isn't in Charlottesville anymore. Gillen was 21-30 in February and 5-15 in March. He made one NCAA Tournament in seven seasons.

Tournament nuggets
Credit our ESPN researcher Chris Fallica for helping out with these:

The last time Boise was a first- and second-round site, in 2001, all four first-round games were decided by three points or less, including a 15-2 upset (Hampton over Iowa State), a near 14-3 upset (Maryland by three over George Mason) and an 11-6 upset (Georgia State over Wisconsin) ...

The last time Charlotte played North Carolina or N.C. State was in 1998 when it drew the Tar Heels in the NCAA second round. Charlotte lost in overtime. Charlotte faces N.C. State in the first round in Worcester. The 49ers would love to schedule the ACC teams, but the ACC teams would rather not. senior writer Andy Katz brings the Daily Word five days a week to ESPN Insider.

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