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Thursday was the day when UConn's men's and women's basketball teams plus the football team came to Hartford to meet with the governor.

All in all, it should be a good day, but the governor took the opportunity to bash the NCAA: "My position hasn't changed. They want to have the highest [academic] standards, and we support that — we also want extremely high standards. But no one else would make a rule and apply it retroactively. I don't think the public understands that."

Well, no one else other than perhaps Governor Dannel Malloy himself: Connecticut's fiscal budget starts on June 1, but an increase in taxes is retroactive to January 1, meaning that Connecticuters will quite suddenly see their paychecks shrink.

The good Governor signed the bill.

We're not interested in the politics here; only the consistency. It takes some nerve to basically double your cut of your voter's paychecks and then complain about the NCAA imposing a higher academic standard.

Unlike the governor, the NCAA, whatever you might think of them, did give reasonable notice of the change. And as an NCAA representative pointed out the other day, the rest of New England got the message. UConn was the only school in their region to blow this.