UConn legend Jim Calhoun to retire
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
As if the Big East needed another "hit," they got another one that wasn't really unexpected Wednesday.
According to multiple sources, Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun will announce his retirement Thursday as head men's coach at UConn, effective immediately. Assistant coach Kevin Ollie is expected to be named as the interim replacement for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Calhoun is 70 years old, has fought through several bouts with cancer, and this summer suffered a bicycle accident that put him on the shelf for awhile. Additionally, the program suffered heavy losses through academic sanctions, attrition to the NBA, and through transfers that leaves the Huskies' roster depleted for this upcoming season. It simply wasn't know whether or not Calhoun was up for the challenges that lay ahead.
Some of the questions, perhaps, will soon be answered.
Calhoun turned the UConn basketball program into the one of the nation's best during his 26-year tenure. He won three National titles, seven Big East Tournament titles, four Final Fours and 618 games at UConn. Including his time as head coach at Northeastern, Calhoun won 866 games over his career, good for tenth all-time among all NCAA coaches and sixth all-time among Division I coaches.