Rant and Rise: Jim Calhoun Retires, Philadelphia Phillies Win Seventh Straight, Roger Goodell to Meet With Four Players

Jim Calhoun Retires After 26 Seasons Coaching University of Connecticut Huskies 

After three NCAA championships, 10 Big East regular season championships, and seven Big East tournament titles, Calhoun announced his retirement from college basketball on Thursday–leaving behind one of the greatest legacies in college basketball history. Calhoun spent the last 26 seasons coaching the Huskies and helped develop numerous key NBA players–including Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton.

One of the highlights from Calhoun’s career came in 1999 when he led the program to their first national title in school history after Connecticut upset Duke University 77-74 in the championship game.

Philadelphia Phillies Win Seventh Straight Game, Three Games Back of Final Wild Card Spot

Who would have thought the Phillies would be in contention for the playoffs with the way their 2012 season has gone so far? After dealing with numerous key injuries throughout the season (especially Ryan Howard and Chase Utley), Philadelphia has emerged as one of the hottest teams in baseball after winning seven-straight games and trail the St. Louis Cardinals by just three games for the Wild Card spot in the National League.

Roger Goodell to Meet With Four Bounty Gate Players on Tuesday

After the four players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal won their appeal against the NFL last Friday, Goodell will sit down with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove on Tuesday. While there’s a chance these players could receive another reduced suspension, it should be interesting to see how this meeting plays out for both parties.