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Thursday / December 12.
  • NEW YORK — There is an old Irish saying that applies to UConn coach Jim Calhoun and his elephant-like memory.

    “The Irish forgive but never forget, and they only say they forgive,” Jeff Calhoun, the coach’s son and a former UConn guard, said Tuesday over breakfast at a lower Manhattan cafe.

    A year ago, journalists and pundits were writing Calhoun’s team off after the Huskies crashed and burned at the hands of St. John’s in the first round of the Big East Tournament and then landed in the NIT.

    “It’s like [ESPN’s] Doug Gottlieb a year ago was on TV after we get blown out by St. John’s in the Big East Tournament saying Roscoe Smith should reconsider his commitment,” Jeff Calhoun said. “And those things don’t get forgotten.”

    As reported here yesterday and earlier today on Twitter, King Rice is the new head coach at Monmouth.

    The former Vanderbilt assistant and North Carolina point guard will be introduced at a Wednesday press conference.

    A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Rice spent the last five seasons under Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt, where the Commodores made the NCAA Tournament four times.

    Rice, 42, also served as an assistant at Illinois State, Oregon and Providence, where he worked under current SNY analyst Tim Welsh.

    Bob Cimmino hasn’t gotten much sleep this week.

    But he’ll remember it for the rest of his life.

    Within a four-day span, the Mount Vernon High School coach won his fourth New York State Federation title and will coach in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

    Here’s a look at his busy schedule in the past few days:

    SUNDAY

    2 p.m. — Mount Vernon tips off against Christ the King in New York State Federation AA final at the Albany Times Union Center

    4 p.m. — Mount Vernon wins game, 84-78 in overtime, behind 31 points from West Virginia-bound guard Jabarie Hinds; coaches talk in locker room

    6 p.m. — Team stops for Roy Rogers/Arthur Treacher’s dinner

    Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs, UCLA guard Malcolm Lee and Maryland forward Jordan Williams will all test the NBA waters but none has hired an agent.

    “Entering the NBA Draft,” the 6-foot-2 Gibbs, who averaged 16.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists for a Pittsburgh team that won the Big East regular season crown but was upset by No. 8 Butler, 71-70, in the second round of the NCAA tournament, told SNY.tv exclusively Tuesday morning by text.

    Gibbs hasn’t yet completed the paperwork to enter the draft and has until April 24 to do so.

    All three players can return to campus if they don’t hire an agent and withdraw their names by the May 8 deadline.