Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun got into a heated exchange at a postgame news conference Saturday with a freelance journalist and political activist who questioned why the coach of a public university was making $1.6 million in tough economic times.

“Not a dime back,” Calhoun joked as Ken Krayeske asked about Calhoun’s salary and the state’s budget deficit, which is estimated at $944 million for the current fiscal year and up to $8 billion over the next two years.

When Krayeske continued the line of questioning, Calhoun got angry.

“My best advice to you is, shut up,” said Calhoun, who offered to talk to Krayeske after the news conference that followed the top-ranked Huskies’ 64-50 victory over South Florida.

“If these guys covered this stuff, I wouldn’t have to do it,” said Krayeske, who had been granted a photo pass to attend the news conference.

Now visibly angry, Calhoun responded.

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