Longtime UConn head coach Jim Calhoun retires
Three-time National Championship winning Connecticut, or UConn, basketball coach Jim Calhoun called it quits Thursday, retiring as one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all-time.
MSU is scheduled to play UConn as the season opener in Germany on November 9. The game was another one of Hollis’ monumental events that will take place on an overseas military base on Veteran’s Day. With the loss of Calhoun, the match-up will lose the Calhoun vs. Izzo appeal but will still pit two of the games most traditional winningest programs.
Calhoun racked up 873 total wins, 10 Big East regular season championships, seven Big East tournament championships and three national championships in 1999, 2004, 2011 while at UConn. Calhoun also transformed Northeastern into a mid-major power with five NCAA tournament bids during his final six seasons in Boston, Mass.
Calhoun was part of 2005 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee class which included Syracuse great, coach Jim Boeheim.
Calhoun has struggled with illness and injury during the past few years, and most recently a hip fracture during a bicycle accident. Calhoun has fought both prostate and skin cancer during his career as UConn’s head man.
Calhoun will be remembered as a successful coach who took UConn to 18 NCAA tournaments during his 26 years, however there has been issues involving the NCAA on multiple occasions. Calhoun was suspended for the first three Big East games this past year failing to maintain an atmosphere of compliance in his program. UConn also will be ineligible to qualify for the NCAA tournament this year because of low academic scores.
Former UConn point guard, Kevin Ollie was named head coach Thursday as well. Ollie was an assistant coach under Calhoun and will take over a team that returns only five who’ve seen substation playing time. Ollie has a contract that lasts through next April that pays $625,000.