Jim Calhoun wants to let us know there's a chance he won't be back to coach next season.
Yes, we're going to do and go through with this, apparently. An offseason that's been filled with more than a fair share of tardy coaching changeover could see its biggest vacancy open furthest down the linear path. If only we knew when that would happen -- or if it will at all.
Calhoun's been on a tour de force of publicity, plaques, picture-ops and handshakes since his team unexpectedly won the national title in Houston back on that ugly first Monday in April. In the immediate aftermath, many suggested or wondered if Calhoun would call it quits, an easy and obvious choice for a man creeping in on 70 years old with three titles and a three-game suspension awaiting him at the start of next season, should he choose to come back.
But Calhoun deflected that question in the then and there -- in a spacious, dark-blue press room in Houston -- of course, choosing to celebrate the moment rather than pontificate on the future. That pontification has now taken hold, and Calhoun hasn't made up his mind.
The 69-year-old coach spoke to the media this morning as a precursor to his recieving of the Winged Foot Award, which is handed out at the New York Athletic Club every year to the winners of the men's and women's NCAA tournament. He told the media that, during his family vacation in June, that's when he'll decide, once and for all, whether to return to coaching next season.
"I still don't know how I'll feel when I get on the floor next season," CBSSports.com's Jon Rothstein tweeted Calhoun as saying, continuing "at the end of this month, I can do a little more reflection. The thing that will make me stay is impacting the kids."
More from the Hartford Courant's Paul Doyle:
"By the end of this month, I'm pretty good," said Calhoun. ... "Then I can do a little more reflection. … It's too close and the afterglow is too good, so I've got to get a little more distance away from it. I think June is a good month. That will be a good time because I haven't gotten away from the game."Deciding what to do for the rest of your life while on a week-long trip doesn't sound like much of a vacation, right? Anyway, here's the deal: Calhoun hasn't decided yet. For UConn fans, that's a good sign. He loses arguably the best player he's ever coached, but he's got a staff he loves, a new president in Susan Herbst who he gets along with terrifically, and a firecracker recruit named Ryan Boatright coming in next season. The counterpoint: all the health issues, the suspension (that's not really that big a deal, though) and the temptation of leaving on top.
Looks like one of college basketball's biggest headlines of the offseason should be coming next month. I repeat: should. Never bet against Calhoun to do something you can't predict.