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Report: Jim Calhoun interested in Boston College vacancy

Mar 21, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

Jim Calhoun

Former UConn head coach Jim Calhoun has “significant” interest in the vacant Boston College head coaching position, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Calhoun is a native of Braintree, MA, just outside of Boston, and began his coaching tenure at Northeastern.

The head coaching position at Boston College came open this week when Steve Donahue and the school parted ways. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the interest isn’t mutual.

Calhoun retired in August of 2012 after a myriad of health complications. He’s beaten cancer three times and has twice had to undergo surgery as the result of injuries sustained in biking accidents. He had surgery on his back in February of 2012, his final season as UConn’s coach, and officially retired after he needed surgery to repair a broken hip.

Calhoun spent 26 years at UConn, has a career record of 873-380 and is one of just eight coaches with 800 career wins.

What makes this report so intriguing is that there is a lot of bad blood between UConn, particularly Calhoun, and Boston College. Calhoun was not happy with BC when the school made the decision to leave the Big East for the ACC back in 2003, and there are quite a few people out there that believe it was BC that was the most vocal opponent of UConn’s inclusion into the ACC during the most recent round of conference realignment.

  1. musketmaniac - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Awesome, B.college has been as irrelevant as eight track tapes

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      this dude can’t even ride a bike, he keeps falling off, WTF!

  2. BrunelloBob - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Hell will freeze over before this happens.

  3. chunkala - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Dude, stay home. He’s pushing his luck healthwise.

  4. mogogo1 - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I don’t doubt he can still coach, but the prospect of a 71-year-old with a host of health issues who badmouthed your school in the past probably isn’t exciting BC’s search committee.

  5. henryd3rd - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    If they can get him on the cheap; why not? No one has ever doubted his coaching ability; but those NCAA violations and his ill health did him in. I for one doubt if BC would be interested; but then again I’ll never say never in this case.

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