English 200 MWF-10:30
14 September 2012
Jim Calhoun Retires
According to a source from Sports Illustrated, Jim Calhoun retires from coaching college basketball at age 70. After twenty six years of being the University of Connecticut head coach, Jim Calhoun leaves a great legacy. On September 13, 2012, Calhoun gave his final news conference as Connecticut's basketball coach (Uconn 1). While coaching at Connecticut, he battled through several obstacles and controversy. Jim Calhoun had to fight through cancer (Uconn 1). Even though he was battling through cancer, Coach Calhoun also had to deal with the media and NCAA about his recruiting scandal (Uconn 1). He could have easily retired and put the burden of the NCAA suspensions on a new coach. Since Calhoun decided to keep coaching the Huskies, he was to lead Connecticut to a third national championship in 2011. Coach Calhoun did so much for the school that let him hand pick his successor. The seventy year old Hall of Famer gave his final address on the court where he achieved up to 873 wins and won 3 national championships (Uconn 1). He was content when thanked family, friends, administrators, and players for his success. Throughout his final announcement, he played down his bad health problems and NCAA sanctions. Calhoun acknowledge in the article, that Huskies are headed in the right direction even though he is retiring. Even though Coach Calhoun was plague with illnesses and unfortunate injures, it did play in role in the reason why he retired. However, it gave him time to analysis and suggest on when it would be good time to give up coaching (Uconn 1). Since the first practice is a month away, Kevin Ollie was named head coach. Kevin was given high praise from Jim Calhoun. Calhoun suggested that Kevin Ollie as his replacement for head coaching position for the Huskies. Calhoun also will be remembered for turning a regional program into a national power - winning an NIT...
Cited: " UConn men 's basketball coach Jim Calhoun retiring."SportsIllustrated.com. Sports Illustrated. 12 Aug 2012. Web. 7 Sept 2012.
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