Jim Calhoun to retire from UConn after 26 years

jim calhounAfter 26 years at the helm of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program, Jim Calhoun’s tenure looks to be coming to a close. Calhoun, 70, started coaching at UConn in 1986 and has a 618-233 (.726) record; that’s on top of his 14 seasons at Northeastern, where he began coaching 39 years ago in 1972 and compiled a 248-137 (.644) record (873-369 overall). He led the Huskies to three National Championships (199, 2004, 2011), seven Big East Tournament Titles (1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2011) and four Final Four appearances.
In 2005 Calhoun was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. During his coaching years, he’s had 27 players go on to play in the NBA.
His time at UConn wasn’t without controversy though, in 1996 the team’s results at the NCAA Tournament were vacated by the NCAA when it was determined that three players had accepted ‘improper benefits’ and the team is currently ineligible for post-season competition due to poor academic performance. The University is appealing the decision, but their pleas have been rejected so far by the NCAA.
If Calhoun does retire, he’ll end up 10th on the men’s all-time wins list, one behind the Adolph Rupp and four behind Dean Smith.

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