NBC Connecticut first reported on Wednesday evening that UConn head coach Jim Calhoun was expected to retire. The report credits an unnamed source that says Calhoun’s retirement is “imminent.”
CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman followed suit moments later, tweeting that an announcement is expected from the school on Thursday.
In 26 seasons at the helm, Calhoun has coached the Huskies to three national championships and has continued to battle back from ongoing health concerns throughout his career.
Most recently, Calhoun, 70, was injured in August following a bicycle accident that has caused him to face a 2-3 month recovery process, an incident that very well could have play a role in Calhoun’s decision to retire.
Calhoun has been very forward in hoping to instate a succession plan in Storrs, wanting assistant coach Kevin Ollie to assume his role when the time comes. Ollie planned to meet with UConn administration on Wednesday night.
Just last week, reports emerged that a decision involving Calhoun and his future was expected to come within the next two weeks.
After guiding the Huskies to the 2011 National Championship, Calhoun and UConn struggled last season despite high expectations to begin the season. The Huskies started off hot in 2011-12, but disappointed in Big East play and were eventually eliminated in the Round of 64.
Due to low APR scores, the NCAA has banned UConn from the 2013 postseason, a ruling that also includes this season’s Big East Tournament. In addition, the Huskies lost Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb to the NBA Draft, while contributors Alex Oriakhi (Missouri) and Roscoe Smith (UNLV) both decided to transfer.
Calhoun recorded 866 victories during his career.
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