(Image source: The Boston Globe)

 

BY ADAM SMITH

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

After a 40 year career, Jim Calhoun is calling it a career, hanging up the clipboard as the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball coach. ESPN’s Andy Katz says Calhoun decided he just couldn’t go another season.

“He sort of wanted to mirror the way Dean Smith retired at North Carolina which was wait until the beginning of the season and see if you have the passion and energy to go through a season. Jim Calhoun has assessed it and realized that he just can’t do it.”

Calhoun spent 14 years as the head coach at Northeastern University and the last 26 at UConn - his greatest success at UConn, reviving the program and winning championships in ‘99, ‘04 and 2011. But he also paid for it, according to the New York Daily News.

“He pushed himself to the limit on and off the court and paid a steep price for it physically. He overcame cancer twice, had back surgery and broke five ribs in a charity bicycle race.”

But the last couple of years have been particularly trying for the Huskies program. Last season, Calhoun was suspended for the first three conference games for recruiting violations and the team has been barred from the NCAA tournament for academic underachievement - a penalty the New England Sports Network says is still in effect.

“The team is ineligible to play in both the 2013 Big East tournament and 2013 NCAA tournament due to their failure to meet the criteria set by the NCAA's new Academic Progress Rate (APR) program. Because too many players have transferred out of or failed to graduate from UConn, the team has to be penalized.”

In his press conference Thursday afternoon, however, Calhoun was confident the legacy of UConn Huskies basketball would carry on without him. News 12 Connecticut has that video.

“I love this team, they're a group that's gonna carry the UConn legacy on because we do feel we're UConn men.”

Calhoun retires as a Hall of Famer and the tenth winningest coach in men’s college basketball history and the sixth winningest in Division I. Former Calhoun player and assistant coach Kevin Ollie will be the head coach for at least this upcoming season.

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Jim Calhoun Retires as UConn's Head Coach

(Image source: The Boston Globe)

 

BY ADAM SMITH

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

After a 40 year career, Jim Calhoun is calling it a career, hanging up the clipboard as the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball coach. ESPN’s Andy Katz says Calhoun decided he just couldn’t go another season.

“He sort of wanted to mirror the way Dean Smith retired at North Carolina which was wait until the beginning of the season and see if you have the passion and energy to go through a season. Jim Calhoun has assessed it and realized that he just can’t do it.”

Calhoun spent 14 years as the head coach at Northeastern University and the last 26 at UConn - his greatest success at UConn, reviving the program and winning championships in ‘99, ‘04 and 2011. But he also paid for it, according to the New York Daily News.

“He pushed himself to the limit on and off the court and paid a steep price for it physically. He overcame cancer twice, had back surgery and broke five ribs in a charity bicycle race.”

But the last couple of years have been particularly trying for the Huskies program. Last season, Calhoun was suspended for the first three conference games for recruiting violations and the team has been barred from the NCAA tournament for academic underachievement - a penalty the New England Sports Network says is still in effect.

“The team is ineligible to play in both the 2013 Big East tournament and 2013 NCAA tournament due to their failure to meet the criteria set by the NCAA's new Academic Progress Rate (APR) program. Because too many players have transferred out of or failed to graduate from UConn, the team has to be penalized.”

In his press conference Thursday afternoon, however, Calhoun was confident the legacy of UConn Huskies basketball would carry on without him. News 12 Connecticut has that video.

“I love this team, they're a group that's gonna carry the UConn legacy on because we do feel we're UConn men.”

Calhoun retires as a Hall of Famer and the tenth winningest coach in men’s college basketball history and the sixth winningest in Division I. Former Calhoun player and assistant coach Kevin Ollie will be the head coach for at least this upcoming season.

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