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UConn coach Jim Calhoun to retire on Thursday

Sep 12, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

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According to a report from NBC Connecticut, Jim Calhoun is planning to retire as head coach of the UConn Huskies.

The report also says that “nothing has been finalized” and that Calhoun wants to speak with his team before he makes any announcement official. Both Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com and Kevin Duffy, who has owned the UConn beat for the past year, have tweeted that an announcement could come as early as tomorrow, but they haven’t been told what that announcement will be. (UPDATE: Jeff Goodman is now reporting that Calhoun will retire and Kevin Duffy has confirmed that Kevin Ollie will be the interim coach.)

This decision should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone.

The current AD at UConn, Warde Manuel, has made clear that he’s the one in charge and that he wants to make the decision about who Calhoun’s successor is. The exceedingly stubborn Calhoun wants Kevin Ollie to take over the program. Ollie has no head coaching experience, but he would have a staff with three former head coaches in Glen Miller, Karl Hobbs and George Blaney on it. By postponing the announcement of his retirement until right before the start of the season, Calhoun can all but force Manuel’s hand.

And wouldn’t that just be the most “Jim Calhoun” move ever?

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. mazblast - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Typical Calhoun dirtbag tactics. He’s knifing not just the school but “his guy” as well. Stick the school with an interim coach who won’t be able to recruit because no potential recruit will have any confidence in his being there in 2013-14. Then when the program starts sliding, be able to say, “See, if they hadn’t forced me out…” I used to like the guy, but some of the garbage in recent years has changed my mind.

    Good luck, “Coach” Ollie. You’re going to need it. Not only do you have the spectre of Calhoun around, but your assistants will all be “his guys”, and I’m sure at least one will be reporting your every move and comment back to the geezer. Also, I advise you to sit with your back to the wall whenever possible.

    • phcssg - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      To dear mazblast, your negative comments about coach Calhoun only bring true disgrace to yourself. As a UConn fan, however, I forgive you. I am sure coach has a big enough heart to let this one go as well. Get an education; it will be good for you in the long run, son. Nonetheless, have a nice day!

      • mazblast - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        I do not need your forgiveness, I already have an education, thank you for caring, and I very much doubt that Coach Calhoun cares one way or another what I think or say. I wish him a happy, healthy retirement.

  2. seanb20124 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Hooking up your former player for the job. Good Job. Reminds me when Smith hooked up Guthridge.

  3. ctbucsfan0429 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Ollie is not ready for this job! What has he done!? This is an absolute grease fire for UCONN basketball. JC should have stepped down last year and then the university could have done their due diligence to find a suitable replacement. YUK!

  4. namriverrat69 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    On a lighter note, aside from the local politics, congratulations on a great career Coach Calhoun. Being an Arizona fan for 56 years, we went through something similar when Coach Olson retired. Power struggles can get in the way of what is really in the best of the school.

    Wish you satisfaction on a job well done coach. I’ve enjoyed watching your success and your UConn teams – especially when Zona played you. Some good games.

    Enjoy your retirement.

  5. extremepanic - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Why can’t coaches just resign, retire, quit, etc., and just walk away and let the athletic department do the job of hiring a new coach?

    I hope this last gasp of ego is the last we hear of him on the national stage.

  6. bcjim - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Good riddance

  7. cuse6468 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Glad you are going. You ran a dirty program, scum bag

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