Just three months after his retirement Jim Calhoun is starting to branch out and on Friday will make his debut as a radio announcer. His former team, UCONN, takes on the Tom Izzo led Michigan State Spartans in the Armed Forces Classic, being played in Germany. This will be an added treat for the military personnel as they will get an opportunity to now see two Hall of Fame coaches, one coaching and one announcing his former team.
The game will be broadcast on UConn Radio Network and Calhoun will be replacing normal color commentator Wayne Norman. Norman is staying behind so he can announce the UCONN football game that same night versus Pittsburgh. The game will be played at Ramstein Air Force base and is a continuation of the NCAA reaching out to the armed forces from the USA across the world. Calhoun and Izzo have taken part in coaches clinics at military bases worldwide in years past and are vocal supporters of our troops.
School spokesman Mike Enright said there are no plans at this point to have Calhoun broadcast other UConn basketball games. The former coach is still employed by the university as a special assistant to the athletic director. Calhoun retired in September of this year and handed over the reigns of the program he built from nothing to former player Kevin Ollie. He had suffered some major personal injuries over the last few years as well as a handful of NCAA violations. Calhoun’s eastern accent and ornery attitude will provide an interesting sound on radio.